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Stopping Those Digital Roaches Cold

In the wake of Congress' uncertainty over how to hash out anti-spam legislation, Triumvirate Technologies Inc. this week rolled out a new spam-stopping solution.

But unlike most spam-stoppers, such as those offered by industry leader Brightmail Inc., Triumvirate, with offices in Clearwater, Fla. and Los Angeles, has taken a different approach to removing those digital pests from your e-mail account: it promises the user 100 percent control over his or her in-box.

The product is called, simply enough, Mailbox Filter and it purports to not only end unwanted junk mail, but prevent attachments from unleashing troublesome e-mail viruses, a la "Melissa" and "I Love You." But in stark contrast to e-mail filter programs that block unwanted mail with sets of rejection rules, Mailbox Filter employs a "positive acceptance" filter technology, whereby spam is kept out by giving users the ability to determine what mail they desire to receive, as opposed to figuring out what mail they don't want.

How does it work? Like most spam filters, it's pretty simple. The product was designed for the average computer user; it checks incoming e-mail against various user defined lists and messaging protocols to determine whether the mail gets routed into one of four mailboxes -- an authorized mailbox, a junk mailbox, a keyword list mailbox, and an unknown mailbox -- or accepted at all. Once the mail is authenticated and routed, users can choose to accept, reject, forward and store messages from the program's control center.

Mailbox Filter's anti-virus protection allows users to scan all incoming mail in a protected environment that neutralizes potentially harmful messages and prevents attachments from self-opening. Once the user determines that an attachment is safe, it can be reactivated.

Other features of Mailbox Filter include:

  • A navigational map that appears when a user moves from one screen to the other
  • An authorized address list capacity of 10,000 e-mail addresses and Web domains
  • A keyword List capacity of 500 words, including global category selection
  • A banned address List capacity of 30,000 e-mail addresses and Web domains
  • An attachment neutralizing capacity of 10,000 per e-mail collection pass.

Mailbox Filter is compatible with all Windows POP/SMTP e-mail programs, including Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora Lite, Eudora Pro, Netscape and others. It is available as a free 30-day trial and is being sold at an introductory rate of $44.95 (Download Version), or $49.95 (CD Version); the offer includes 90 days of technical support.

Mailbox Filter and others of its ilk are being offered at a time when the future of possible anti-spam legislation is clouded. Despite suggestions tabled in front of the 107th Congress by ardent spam haters last month, no one can agree in total over every stipulation of the bills: some think certain provisions of the bills are too lax; others, too strict. The disparity of opinion could add up to nothing being done, which would put the people who have labored for resolutions back at square one.