MailWasher Pro for Mac OS X and Linux

MailWasher Pro for Mac OS X and Linux Offers Users Maximum Spam Protection with Server-side Filtering Capabilities

23 February 2005

Firetrust’s award-winning MailWasher Pro is now available for Mac and Linux users, providing better protection from unwanted and malicious e-mails, as well as phishing attacks

CHRISTCHURCH – NEW ZEALAND, February 23, 2005 – Firetrust Limited, provider of award-winning anti-spam and email security solutions, today announced it’s now shipping versions of MailWasher® Pro for Mac and Linux, a uniquely designed anti-spam tool that provides additional protection for businesses and home users from unsolicited and unwanted emails. Within the Mac and Linux communities the options for effective anti-spam and virus solutions are limited when compared to PC users, and with the rise in spam and increasing virus attacks on the Mac and Linux platforms, home and business Mac and Linux users are in need of a solution that’s affordable and effective.

“We saw a need within the Mac and Linux communities for an effective email security and content management solution, and wanted to provide that protection to users within these communities,” said Nick Bolton, CEO of Firetrust Limited. “With more than 5 million users worldwide, MailWasher is a proven technology that now empowers Mac users to protect themselves against malicious and unwanted emails.”

MailWasher Pro for Mac and Linux provides users with a powerful weapon that increases in accuracy over time to stop spam, viruses and worms from invading email inboxes, and provides total protection by stopping these unwanted and potentially harmful emails from ever reaching a user’s inbox.

The award-winning anti-spam software offers an intuitive, convenient and easy-to-use tool that provides users with a better email experience. MailWasher Pro features include (partial list):

  • Feature-rich Interface: Users can access, view and manage multiple email accounts all in one location
  • Whitelists/Blacklists: Unwanted and malicious spam is automatically identified and blocked through blacklisting capabilities; and wanted emails from friends, colleagues and others deemed as “friendly” are never missed through whitelisting capabilities
  • Learning Filters aka “Bayesian filtering”: Intelligent filters that learn to identify good email from spam, and deliver a robust and efficient approach to solving the barrage of unwanted email
  • Heuristic Scanning: A process that scans and filters out emails that are likely to contain viruses or other unwanted content
  • Virus and Worm Protection: Before a malicious email ever reaches email inboxes, users can see which emails pose a threat, because MailWasher Pro is able to identify emails that may contain potential viruses or worms, at which point the users have the power to delete it at the email server so it never reaches their computers

MailWasher Pro provides the easiest-to-use and most effective spam filter available. Unlike other anti-spam solutions, which are integrated into the email client, a key benefit of MailWasher Pro is that it is “server-side,” meaning it works outside the email client, so users are better protected and eliminate the risk of downloading unwanted messages or viruses and worms.

Here’s how the server-side solution works: All emails reside on an email server, located at either a user’s ISP if it’s a personal email account, or within a company’s network, if it’s a work email account. When the user launches their email program, it is at that point the emails are downloaded from the email server to the individual’s computer and email program. Anti-spam solutions that integrate into an email program automatically pose a risk for the user, because any potential worms or viruses attached to an email have already entered the user’s computer. With the MailWasher Pro interface, a user can view all email at the server, before ever downloading the emails into their email program. All filtering and deleting happens at the server level and users only receive wanted and safe emails. This way their computers are never compromised.

By reviewing and deleting content at the email server, users are protected from objectionable content including graphics. Web bugs are rendered inactive, bandwidth is protected, and viruses and malicious script are stopped from spreading.

Server-side solutions are not only more effective and safer than products that integrate into a user’s email program, but are more versatile too. When a user is travelling and stuck on dial-up, MailWasher Pro saves on bandwidth by giving the user the freedom to only download the necessary or wanted emails and not all emails, saving time and money.

System Requirements and Availability

MailWasher Pro for Mac and Linux is now available and can be purchased and downloaded from Firetrust’s Web site at www.firetrust.com. MailWasher Pro for Mac, Linux and PC are priced at U.S. $37.00 for a single-user license. Price discounts are available for volume licensing. A free 30-day trial version can also be downloaded from the site. MailWasher Pro for Mac, Linux and PC minimum system requirements include Apple Macintosh OS X, Microsoft Windows 98, Me, NT, 2000 and XP operating systems. It is compatible with all POP3 e-mail programs, including, Microsoft Outlook™ and Outlook Express™, Netscape™ and Eudora™; AOL, IMAP, MSN and Hotmail e-mail accounts.

About Firetrust Limited

Established in 2000, Firetrust provides world-class e-mail security products for business and home users. Firetrust delivers solutions across the spectrum of inbox protection, including MailWasher® Pro for unsolicited commercial e-mail (spam) and Benign® to neutralize harmful e-mail which can contain viruses, worms, scripts and Web bugs. The company is privately held and headquartered in Christchurch, New Zealand. To date MailWasher has had more than 5 million downloads. For more information, please visit www.firetrust.com.

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