When Mark Twain made the comment “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated”, he might have been talking about the desktop-based email client. Mozilla, with the release of Thunderbird 3.1.2 just a few days ago, obviously doesn’t believe in the premature death of desktop-based email clients.
The view that somehow Web based email is safer than a desktop-based email client, since Web based email clients such as Gmail, Hotmail and others, supposedly filter out all dangerous or unwanted content, is not an opinion that I entirely agree with. This view does not line up with my personal experiences.
The fact is, many desktop-based email clients can be superior in this area, since they offer advanced security options, as well as junk mail filters, and anti-phishing protection.
After having my principal Gmail account hacked earlier this year, the idea that Google, and others (who are motivated by profit only – something you need to keep in mind), store my emails indefinitely, is less than appealing. It’s not my idea of safe, or hacker proof security.
As well, Web based emails, including deleted emails, will be released to appropriate authorities based on a court order. There goes both security, and privacy. Of course if you haven’t done anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about, right? Hah!
Regular readers are aware that I’m a big fan of community based security applications such as WOT, and Immunet Protect, to name just two. Expanding on this concept, Cloudmark, a messaging security company, has built community-based filtering technology (supported by a community of over a Billion users), into Cloudmark DesktopOne.
Cloudmark DesktopOne, is a free (also available on a fee basis), anti-spam desktop application, designed for both typical at-home users, and business users, which continuously filters e-mail, to eliminate spam and protect users against phishing, and e-mail-borne viruses
Here’s How it works:
Quick, easy, automatic setup – Cloudmark DesktopOne installs in seconds, then automatically detects email accounts on your computer and begins filtering them with a click of a button.
Filters Even When Your Email Program is Closed – Cloudmark DesktopOne works independently of your email program to block spam around the clock, even when your email program is closed.
Manage Multiple Email Accounts in One Window – When you’re in Pro mode, the Accounts window displays your protected email accounts, with statistics about how many spam messages were blocked for each one. Open this window to configure your Cloudmark DesktopOne to filter, sort, and delete spam.
Simple Online Account Management – Manage your Cloudmark subscription in a convenient web-based interface.
If you run a desktop-based email client, then Cloudmark DesktopOne is definitely worth taking a look at.
Note: Cloudmark DesktopOne in basic mode, is free for individual users to filter one e-mail account into a single spam folder. Users, businesses and households, who need to manage multiple e-mail accounts and folders can upgrade to Cloudmark DesktopOne in pro mode for $19.95 annually.
Supported Clients: Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Outlook Express, Microsoft Windows Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird.
System requirements: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit), Windows Vista (32 and 64 bit), and Windows XP.
Download at: Cloudmark
Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging infrastructure and security solutions, delivering the industry’s fastest, most accurate and most scalable messaging platform for fixed, mobile and social networks. Cloudmark solutions protect more than one billion subscribers for the world’s largest networks, including AT&T, Comcast, MySpace, NTT, Swisscom and Time Warner Cable.
For more information, go here.
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