GFI launches spam-free freeware

With clearance of spam emails now estimated to be cutting into work productivity, GFI MailEssentials have launched a freeware version of their popular spam-free software.

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By  Paul Barthram Published  March 11, 2003

In a bid to clear up inboxes of unnecessary clutter, GFI MailEssentials have launched a freeware version of their popular spam-free software.

This version allows incoming mail to be checked-off against real time Domain Name Systems (DNS) blacklists, before ever reaching a user’s computer, with the added functionality of administrators being able to create their own blacklists. The product also includes a white paper of useful information on ways of how to reduce getting on spam mailing lists.

The DNS blacklist has been compiled from ORDB a non-profit organization that stores the IP addresses of verified open SMTP relays, which tend to be used as conduits for sending unsolicited bulk email. By accessing the list, it is then up to system administrators on whether to accept or reject email exchange from addresses at these servers.

With every one in three emails now estimated to be junk mail, the importance of finding ways to cut down on unwanted mails is increasingly important. Recent surveys have suggested that within three years spam could increase anywhere between 35 to 40%.

Though seemingly harmless the cost of unsolicited mails is seen as a reason for decreased productivity within the workplace. A European Commission report suggested that if you were to receive just five spam mails a day and spends 30 seconds on each, you would waste fifteen hours a year on clearing out junk mail.

For a free copy of the software a download can be found at the GFI website, but does require the user to register their company details which kind of misses the point.

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