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E-mail to get e-reputation

US-based security firm, CipherTrust has unveiled a free toolbar for e-mail clients that rates the safety of messages in a user's inbox.

US-based security firm, CipherTrust has unveiled a free toolbar that rates the safety of messages in a user's inbox.

The TrustedSource toolbar – essentially a software plug-in - helps users protect themselves against spam and phishing attacks by indicating whether their e-mails are legitimate or not.

According to the firm, the software runs queries against CipherTrust's servers when a user clicks on an e-mail. After the firm analyses the message's trustworthiness, the toolbar then flashes up red, yellow or green icon.

A red icon (represented by a sad face) indicates a spam or a phishing attack, whereas green (happy face) indicates that the message comes from a reputable sender. Yellow, on the other hand denotes an e-mail that is yet to be verified by the server. The toolbar also provides users with the option to report spam or phishing attacks.

TrustedSource currently works with Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes e-mail clients and is available from the firm’s CipherTrust Research Portal - a new community website for those interested in spam, phishing and virus attacks. The site - at http://research.ciphertrust.com - was launched this last Monday.

The TrustedSource Toolbar can be downloaded for free from http://research.ciphertrust.com/toolbar. CipherTrust also has plans to join the browser bandwagon and release a web version of the toolbar for e-mail services such as Hotmail and Google in the coming months.

Last week, Site Advisor launched a free plug-in for Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers, which rates the safety of websites found in a user’s search result list.

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