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SPAMfighter Pro – Ten License Giveaway!

SPAMfighter has generously provided us with 10 free licenses for their award winning flagship product, SPAMfighter Pro.

To enter the contest to win a free license, simply add a comment at the end of this article. On January 14, 2011, all comments will be added to the online List Randomizer, and the first 10 names that come up, will win a free license for this award winning application.

As with previous giveaways, you don’t need to write a paragraph – “enter me”, or something similar, is enough. There’s no need for me to acknowledge your entry, but rest assured, if you comment – you’re in.

Good luck!

Read the following review, and I’m sure you’ll agree; this is definitely a contest worth entering!

SPAMfighter Pro:

 

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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.

SPAMfighter, is a fee based (also available as a free version), 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.

Each time you check your email in your email client, SPAMfighter automatically checks your mail against the SPAMfighter servers list of known spam messages. If a message is identified as spam, it is automatically moved to the Spam folder.

I’m a big fan of community based security applications such as WOT, and Immunet Protect, to name just two. SPAMfighter has embraced this community driven philosophy, and has built community-based filtering technology into the application which exploits the power of a very large community of users.

Here’s how that works: When a new e-mail arrives, it is automatically tested by SPAMfighter. If it’s spam, it will be instantly moved to your SPAMfighter folder. If you receive a spam mail that is not detected, just click on a single button, and the spam mail is removed from the rest of the 7,417,522 SPAMfighters in 228 countries/areas in seconds. In this way, very few people in the community will ever see the spam mail.

Setup is uncomplicated and straightforward.

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Additional functionality can be accessed from the email client toolbar.

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Fast facts:

Award winning technology to block spam

Protects all the email accounts on your PC

Protects against “phishing”, identity theft, and other email frauds

Privacy Guaranteed – we don’t see any of your email

Protects against “phishing”, identity theft, and other email frauds

Spam abuse reporting with one click

Unique language filtering tool – Stop emails in languages you don’t understand

Protection of multiple email accounts

Blacklist domains and emails

Automatic whitelist management

Interface in multiple languages

Option to move the toolbar in Microsoft Outlook

Free phone support

Unlimited Blacklist/Whitelist entries

If you run a desktop-based email client, then SPAMfighter is definitely worth taking a look at.

Note: SPAMfighter in basic mode, is free for individual users.

Supported Clients: Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, and Thunderbird, as well as for businesses in Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes environments, or even those seeking a 3rd party hosted solution.

System requirements: Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows 7 (32bit and 64 bit).

Languages: English, German, Spanish, Chinese, French, Italian, Greek, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Suomi, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Russian, Polish, Czech, Thai, Turkish and Danish.

Download at: SPAMfighter (If you decide not to buy a Pro license, you will be converted to the free Standard version when the trial expires).

To get the most out of SPAMfighter Pro take a look at the Beginners Guide here.

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Backup Your Firefox Profile With MozBackup

imageMozilla has just released version 3.6.10 of Firefox to fix a startup bug that affected a small number of users. You may want to consider updating to this latest version. But before you do, consider backing up your existing  Firefox profile.

No doubt, you’ve invested much time and energy in setting up your Firefox bookmarks, extensions, add-ons, and other personal settings that work just for you, and which provide you with an effective, and efficient, browsing experience.

Personally, I have literally hundreds of bookmarks (some going back 7 or 8 years), 20+ add-ons, and additional tweaks that make my version of Firefox unique to me.

I shudder to think what I would need to do to recapture this exact configuration if, for some reason, I lost all the years of work that went into massaging Firefox to meet my exact personal requirements.

Luckily, I don’t have to lose any sleep over this possibility, since I frequently back up all of this critical data with MozBackup, a free tiny utility that all Firefox users should consider adding to their toolbox.

In addition to backing up a Firefox profile, MozBackup will create profile backups for the following applications – Mozilla Thunderbird, Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape.

Lets run through a backup session for Firefox.

Open the application (be sure Firefox is not running) and follow the prompts as indicated in the following screen captures.

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MozBackup 2

MozBackup 3

Please note, as shown in the above graphic, I backup to my E: drive, and not to my system drive. You should take the same precaution, and backup to a non-system partition, or a USB drive.

Frankly, after backing up my profile to a non-system partition, I then backup the same profile to a USB key. I will not take the risk of losing years of work through happenstance.

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The backup is now complete – all in a matter of a few minutes.

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Recovery is just as simple. Just start the application (be sure Firefox is not running), and follow the bouncing ball. In just a few moments, your previously backed up critical data will be restored.

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MozBackup is one of the most important tools in my utility toolbox, and I strongly recommend it to all Firefox users.

For a lesson in just how important this application can be, please see  CoolPreviews – You Ruined My Day!

System requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Additional requirements: Mozilla Firefox

Download at: the developers site.

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Download Cloudmark DesktopOne – A Free Anti-spam Desktop Application

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:

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Fast facts:

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

About 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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MozBackup – A Free Firefox Settings Lifesaver

No doubt, you’ve invested much time and energy in setting up your Firefox bookmarks (especially bookmarks), extensions, add-ons, and other personal settings that work just for you, and which provide you with an effective, and efficient, browsing experience.

Personally, I have literally hundreds of bookmarks (some going back 7 or 8 years), 20+ add-ons, and additional tweaks that make my version of Firefox unique to me.

I shudder to think what I would need to do to recapture this exact configuration if, for some reason, I lost all the years of work that went into massaging Firefox to meet my exact personal requirements.

Luckily, I don’t have to lose any sleep over this possibility, since I frequently back up all of this critical data with MozBackup, a free tiny utility that all Firefox users should consider adding to their toolbox.

In addition to backing up a Firefox profile, MozBackup will create profile backups for the following applications – Mozilla Thunderbird, Sunbird, Flock, SeaMonkey, Mozilla Suite, Spicebird, Songbird and Netscape.

Lets run through a backup session for Firefox.

Open the application (be sure Firefox is not running) and follow the prompts as indicated in the following screen captures.

MozBackup 1

MozBackup 2

MozBackup 3

Please note, as shown in the above graphic, I backup to my E: drive, and not to my system drive. You should take the same precaution, and backup to a non-system partition, or a USB drive.

Frankly, after backing up my profile to a non-system partition, I then backup the same profile to a USB key. I will not take the risk of losing years of work through happenstance.

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The backup is now complete – all in a matter of a few minutes.

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Recovery is just as simple. Just start the application (be sure Firefox is not running), and follow the bouncing ball. In just a few moments, your previously backed up critical data will be restored.

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MozBackup is one of the most important tools in my utility toolbox, and I strongly recommend it to all Firefox users.

For a lesson in just how important this application can be, please see yesterday’s article – CoolPreviews – You Ruined My Day!

System requirements: Windows 98/ME/NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7

Additional requirements: Mozilla Firefox

Download at: the developers site.

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