DigiPortal Software’s “ChoiceMail” Eliminates Spam -
Unsolicited Emails, Pornography & Nuisance Communications
Now Available for MSN and Microsoft Outlook
Parsippany, New Jersey (October 1, 2002) – DigiPortal Software Inc., a provider of information management tools for the desktop, today released a significant upgrade of ChoiceMail, its spam-blocking application ChoiceMail, and adds full support for MSN users. ChoiceMail defeats spam in a new way: it requires the sender to first ask the recipient’s permission. ChoiceMail’s unique logic defeats spammers’ notoriously impersonal approach and shifts the burden back to them. Friends, colleagues and other known senders are always welcomed by ChoiceMail.
ChoiceMail is designed to address the shortcomings of today’s anti-spam software and services, which rely on keyword filtering or teams of imperfect human spam detectors. Both of these methods unintentionally block legitimate e-mail or allow spam to get through, and are easily bypassed by increasingly savvy Internet marketers. They also require constant updates and in some cases, monthly fees.
What’s New about Version 1.4
ChoiceMail now supports MSN and POP3 and SMTP servers that require Secure Password Authentication (SPA) and Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Equally important is that ChoiceMail can now be configured automatically for Microsoft Outlook 98, 2000 and XP.
Safe Message Viewing is another important new feature that safely allows the previewing of messages within ChoiceMail without sending any information back to a spammer or website. Lastly, multiple SMTP server support has been added to facilitate mobile users who connect from the Internet in different ways.
How it Works
ChoiceMail requires a one-time download and install on the user’s PC. The user has the option to start an “A-list” of approved senders by entering e-mail addresses or importing them from commonly used contact lists.
When an e-mail makes its way to the users’ e-mail application but before it reaches the in-box, ChoiceMail checks the incoming message and compares it against a list of approved senders, all of which reside on the ChoiceMail users’ PC. If the sender is recognized as legitimate, the e-mail is ushered to the users in-box without delay. If the sender is not recognized, the e-mail is held out of sight and a message is sent back to the sender indicating they must first ask for permission before e-mailing the ChoiceMail user.
That permission request directs the sender to a simple Web page where they are asked to further identify themselves and indicate why they want to contact you. Bulk spammers, who rely on automated mailing services to market their wares, would have to personally fill out this brief form (watermarking technology prevents automated completion of the form) to reach the recipient – an unlikely and expensive proposition for them. If the form is never completed, ChoiceMail holds the original e-mail out-of-sight for a user-defined period and then unceremoniously dumps it.
When a legitimate e-mailer completes the form, a window appears on the ChoiceMail user’s desktop and displays the sender’s request to send an e-mail. The ChoiceMail user can approve the sender, thereby adding him to the list of approved senders and displaying his original e-mail message; or reject the sender on this occasion and if desired, permanently.
About DigiPortal Software, Inc.
ChoiceMail joins DigiPortal’s arsenal of information management tools designed to provide today’s end users with powerful aids in fighting information overload and inappropriate Internet content. ChoiceMail, America’s most effective tool for fighting spam, is currently available for $39.95. For more information on ChoiceMail and to purchase, visit: www.digiportal.com.
Press at DigiPortal Software