Anti-Spam Beta Now Available!

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  1. Prince_Serendip

    Prince_Serendip Registered Member

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    MailFrontier(TM) Launches Matador(TM) Eliminating Spam Instantly and Secures $5 Million in Series A Financing

    Free Matador Beta Available Now Enables Users to Block All Junk Email PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- MailFrontier, a next-generation messaging security company, today released the beta version of its first anti-spam product, Matador, and announced the closing of a $5 million Series A financing round, jointly led by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and New Enterprise Associates (NEA). The beta version of Matador can be downloaded for free at the link below.

    The company also announced its management team and outlined its mission to make email communication more productive and secure in the workplace. "People are crying out for an anti-spam product that truly eliminates junk mail," said Pavni Diwanji, CEO and co-founder of MailFrontier. "Existing solutions are typically built around a single feature such as content filtering or blacklisting offenders and as a result they fail to catch much spam. We believe there is no single silver bullet -- instead we plan to give our users a box of ammunition to fight junk email."

    Junk Email - A Growing Problem

    The problem is reaching crisis proportions as the cost of spamming decreases and becomes highly automated. Since current approaches to eliminating junk email are not effective, the resulting large volumes of unwanted email are affecting worker productivity. "One of the challenges in fighting spam is that individuals often have different definitions of what constitutes spam," said Mark Levitt, research VP for Collaborative Computing at IDC. "MailFrontier's Matador is designed to provide an automated, customizable desktop and server solution that reflects each individual's criteria for blocking unsolicited email."

    Matador - A Multi-Pronged Attack on Spam

    MailFrontier has developed a multi-faceted approach to tackle the problem of spam for individual users. Its first product, Matador, is a downloadable desktop client aimed at individual users of Microsoft(R) Outlook(R) (2000 and 2002) running on Windows(R) 98, ME, 2000 and XP. Matador is differentiated from other approaches by the following benefits:
    -- Matador automatically learns which people and topics are important to you -- dynamically devising and maintaining a set of personalized preferences;
    -- Matador users collaborate with each other to identify spam simply by hitting a junk button on the Outlook toolbar. This prevents other Matador users from receiving the same offensive email;
    -- Matador's ground-breaking sender verification is the ultimate in-box guardian. Suspect, unsolicited email is subjected to an extra check and the sender is asked to answer a simple challenge via email. Unauthorized emails are treated as junk after a period of time. MailFrontier Matador integrates these anti-spam weapons alongside other tried and trusted tools such as blacklists and message filtering.

    http://www.mailfrontier.com/
     
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    I've heard you can fiddle with spam to make it look like it legitimately bounced from an invalid e-mail address - ostensibly triggering your removal from their lists. But I understand the technique has to be perfect in every detail. I'd pay a pretty penny for a program that does that automatically and reliably when I hit the 'block sender' option in OE.
     
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    agreed, I read about that but I don't have the know-how to pull it off. For quite some time I received absolutely no spam, I don't let my addy out at all, but someone else is, and I've been starting to get it lately. Why don't people listen when I tell them what those "free" online "greeting cards" are all about??
     
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    grr! I gave my address to a freind of my mother's because my mother does use computers. Now I get all these greeting cards and the spam has started rolling in!!!! I was soooooo pissed! But what can you do? I am certainly not about to spaz on a freind of my dear sweet mother. I tried to explain it nicely, but it hasn't worked.

    Let this be a warning to others!
     
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    :) Hi UNICRON and everyone! UNICRON, I know exactly where you're coming from. The only way I could "control" it was to have a mailbox for spam and a super private box just for me and those that I select to contact me. The private box prevents spam automatically. With this beta I can also clean out my local one. It can help a lot.

    Yes, you can say, "NO" to spam and make it stick!

    :) Thanks, Crockett for the great links you made below! Whatever works best is all we need.
     
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    :)Hi guys;

    I know this is only a small part of the problem, but this small tool has been serving me very well for many months now.

    http://www.tucows.com/preview/194114.html

    Also, I keep hearing good things about these two:

    http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Vista/2576/magic.html

    http://www.mailwasher.net/download.php

    Rgds, Crockett
     
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    I use Poco email client, and it does a fantastic job of filtering out spam. No extra software required.
    I just like to extol its merits. :D
     
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