R-Comp email software to fight spamPublished: 26th Nov 2006, 14:22:34 | Permalink | Printable
Hermes to pick the spam from the hamR-Comp's email software Hermes will include anti-spam measures in its next release. Version 2 of Hermes, which is used to pick up and send email and other messages, will be a core component in updated releases of R-Comp's DialUp 3 and NetFetch 2 products. The software development work for these new versions was carried out over the past six months, according to R-Comp.
Hermes's anti-spam system works by examining email before downloading it, and allowing the user to toss out any messages that look like spam. The filters used to detect spam and ham can be tweaked by users, and the email addresses of known contacts, such as family and friends, can be added to a whitelist to make sure their email is never mistakenly deleted. Email tagged as spam can be deleted, moved to a separate folder, amongst other options.
Customers were told on Friday by email: "Hermes 2 has been developed to provide easy-to-use protection from most unwanted email, aka spam, whilst ensuring that emails from your friends, family and colleagues is unaffected.
"The software achieves this in a number of ways, studying messages before they are downloaded (it is far better to stop unwanted messages before downloading and getting them onto your machine) to determine whether or not they should be fetched. The rules used to detect spam are very effective 'out of the box', but are also easily tailored to your personal needs."
In January last year, developer Alan Wrigley said Hermes would gain anti-spam features in a future release. R-Comp's NetFetch is aimed at LAN and broadband users, while DialUp is aimed at users stuck on dial-up Internet. The two packages have been updated to work faster and to better handle authenticated SMTP mail sending and juggling multiple outgoing mail servers.
R-Comp website - 'final beta' version available soon, a full version costing 20 quid for existing users will be ready to release within the coming weeks
Other anti-spam software for RISC OS - review written before Hermes was born
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