For this post, we thought we could tell you a little bit more about us.

Here at HQ, the day is never dull.

First, and foremost, we keep on improving, re-writing and trying to make our software faster and better.

Over the past few years, we’ve expanded our software offerings, so that is quite a task in itself. As well as our award winning anti-spam desktop product, we also have server solutions, security software (antivirus and antispyware), as well as utility software that can help speed up your PC. We’ll be bringing new software online this year as well (more in a future post).

A big chunk of our software is still developed and delivered by our great team in Copenhagen, Denmark, where our head office is based. Most of our founders are based here, along with some of our developers and much of our sales, support and affiliate support functions, as well as program management, marketing, graphics and reseller management. We also have development teams based in the Ukraine and in the USA; as well as on-the-ground sales and support teams in the USA and Asia-Pacific.

Is there such a thing as a typical day? Probably not, but we face the same problems, achievements and frustrations any software company does.

One of our prime responsibilities is keeping everything running in tip-top condition. Our approach to anti-spam, for instance, is community driven, meaning our products require a fast and well looked after back-end system.

On top of this, our program teams are responsible for making sure our products are released according to their roadmaps, and bugs are hunted and sorted out. We’d all love to pretend we don’t ever have problems, but we do from time-to-time, and, like most software companies, we are committed to providing top-class software that meets customer needs.

On any typical day, we are bug hunting, preparing new versions and products, as well discussing marketing, SEO, and what new features we might want to offer. Often we are deciding as much what to leave out in preference to what to add. When you think about it, usability is not just about adding features, but how to keep things simple, such that products just work.

Each day has its challenges, and, no different to many companies, we are challenged by all manner of things. Our support folks especially so, who help customers, often when the issue is not even of our making, but a happy customer is a happy customer, so we do our best regardless. We are still very happy about the fact we offer free telephone support to our customers, something we still wonder why are competitors are loathe to do.

At the end of the day, everything we do is about customers. From the progams we write to meet their needs, to helping them use them and everything in between.

Well, for now, that’s us. We’d love to hear more about you, please tell us about your challenges in the comments section.

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In this second of a short series, the first being the business case for antispam, we’ll discuss the business case for antivirus software, on both the desktop and server.

Revisiting, briefly, the methodology of the first article, all such purchases need to stem from having a security strategy.

Why?

It’s easy to get carried away, and purchase ad-hoc, which can result in a poor mix of disparate solutions, with different start and end licensing dates and requiring you to learn yet another application.

Having a strategic and well-defined security strategy for your business or home PCs can help you to save money. As can having one provider for each type of security software.

Luckily, in this age of the Internet, price comparisons can help you find a good deal. But a word of caution, saving money, typically, shouldn’t be your first approach. Of course, money matters. However, you should understand WHAT you are trying to achieve BEFORE defining a price strategy.

Now, you may not have a choice in this, for instance, you may have a fixed budget; and that is understandable. It is recommended, however, that you look at the big picture first, then whittle down the likely candidates to fulfil you strategy from there.

Some of the questions you should try to answer:

  1. What do I want to achieve?
  2. What am I trying to protect?
  3. Protect from what?
  4. What are my legal obligations? (If you are a business).
  5. What are my  contractual obligations (as a private individual or as a business)?
  6. Based upon my answers to the above, what is my maximum budget?

Let’s deal with those questions one-by-one.

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Apple iPad ScamIn the SPAMfighter lab, we’ve seen a huge increase in Apple related spam emails. Spammers appear to be working day and night to earn money, and when they see this kind of “opportunity”, they jump on it.

However, because our users report spam day and night, due to our large worldwide audience in all time zones, SPAMfighter blocks all new spam messages, even before the spammers release the “Send” button.

Update –  iPad scam – April 2, 2012
We have received reports in the comments of this post of a huge iPad phone scam going on now with Apple’s recent release of “the new” iPad.  According to reports, people are receiving automated phone calls and text messages with instructions on how to claim a free iPad. One particular scam reads, “Apple is looking for people to Text & Keep the New iPad 3! But only the 1st 1000 users that goto ipad3winner.info and enter code BETA will receive it!”. Other messages claims that “Ipad 3 testers wanted” which is of cource also bogus.

Be weary of any calls or messages from unknown numbers, especially if you haven’t signed up for any contests.  Please tell us your story below if you are also receiving these iPad scam phone calls.

Update – iPad scam – April 20, 2012
New round of these ipad 3 scams seems to be going on. They are still using the “New Ipad 3” angle and it’s still bogus. Thank for the additions to the phone number list. We will update shortly….

Update – iPad scam – January 4, 2013
Scammers are active early 2013. We saw a Ipad for christmas scam in december but the volume is much higher in January.  

Update – iPad scam – February 22, 2013
Scammers are again very active. This time they use Netflix as scam bait

Update – iPad scam – February 18, 2014
This time scamers are trying to lure Internet users to visit “ipadqualify.com”. Read examples below.

Here are the offending phone numbers we’ve collected so far:

  • 201-423-5253
  • 201-616-9146
  • 201-619-9146
  • 201-706-0923
  • 201-706-1230
  • 201-744-3293
  • 201-744-3689
  • 201-744-3907
  • 201-748-9041
  • 201-850-3884
  • 201-912-7426
  • 201-912-7520
  • 201-912-7759
  • 201-912-7944
  • 201-912-9046
  • 201-912-9073
  • 201-912-9082
  • 201-912-9084
  • 201-912-9086
  • 201-912-9092
  • 201-912-9103
  • 201-912-9103
  • 201-912-9134
  • 201-912-9167
  • 201-912-9168
  • 201-912-9171
  • 201-912-9179
  • 201-912-9184
  • 201-912-9188
  • 201-912-9198
  • 201-912-9199
  • 201-912-9227
  • 201-912-9246
  • 201-912-9247
  • 201-912-9252
  • 201-912-9255
  • 201-912-9257
  • 201-912-9258
  • 201-912-9260
  • 201-912-9265
  • 201-912-9591
  • 201-912-9617
  • 201-912-9624
  • 201-912-9624 
  • 201-912-9653
  • 201-912-9683
  • 201-912-9715
  • 201-912-9720
  • 201-912-9737
  • 201-912-9738
  • 201-912-9739
  • 201-912-9740
  • 201-912-9756
  • 201-912-9757
  • 201-912-9870
  • 201-912-9876
  • 201-912-9888
  • 201-912-9889
  • 201-912-9987
  • 201-918-0392
  • 201-918-0496
  • 201-918-0587
  • 201-918-0857
  • 201-921-9169
  • 201–918-0392
  • 206-912-7951
  • 209-277-7515
  • 209-327-6274
  • 209-327-6647
  • 209-485-0964
  • 209-485-1498
  • 209-485-4579
  • 209-559-0873
  • 210-616-9146
  • 213-361-2535
  • 310-666-2476
  • 313-160-9948
  • 313-427-9335
  • 347-255-0483
  • 347-463-5858
  • 347-735-9517
  • 530-470-3523
  • 605-622-0892
  • 606-272-3465
  • 619-252-3522
  • 626-241-5148
  • 626-241-5375
  • 646-620-6846
  • 661-370-1424
  • 661-370-1830
  • 703-395-4809
  • 707-362-1494
  • 707-391-3867
  • 707-391-3890
  • 718-687-7348
  • 718-715-8025
  • 760-616-0557
  • 760-616-0690
  • 760-616-0916
  • 780-616-0710
  • 805-272-5381
  • 805-395-1273
  • 805-395-1274
  • 805-640-5190
  • 805-798-0856
  • 831-254-7243
  • 831-254-8931
  • 831-707-4607
  • 909-213-3366
  • 909-282-8481
  • 916-672-7740

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Business Spam

In this day and age when every penny counts, many individuals and businesses are reviewing their spending, including their security software. Over this and the next couple of posts we’d like to look at the business case for security software, so you can make an informed choice.

Yes, of course, we’re biased, being that we produce security software. But we also think there are some simple to put reasons why when you are thinking about your security spending, that your essential security software shouldn’t be on the list of things to cut.

So in this first of a short series, we’ll ask: is there a business case for anti-spam?

Let’s start by looking at security strategy, which we feel you can sum up, thus:

  • Security is about keeping data safe, whether uncorrupted, stopping data being stolen or stopping unauthorized access.
  • The best place to stop intrusions, theft and unauthorized access is at the perimeter of your network (i.e. before someone can actually get in).
  • One of the weakest links in security software is inadvertent circumvention by end-users (clicking on a link, downloading unauthorized software, agreeing to install something by mistake etc.).
  • The single easiest access to a machine (or presentation to a user) is via email, as email clients are running either all of the time, or all of the time the user is logged in (generally).

So, we can sum up further: in order to practice safe security, we are trying our very best to keep users safe, often from themselves; by which we mean, malware and phishing attacks use clever social engineering to try to trick users into doing something to make their job easier.

Your first reaction, we are sure, is that “well, we have an antivirus solution, we’re therefore safe, aren’t we?”

Most of the time, yes. But, and we speak from experience because we produce antivirus and anti-spyware products, antivirus/antimalware solutions on their own are not a 100% fail-safe solution. This is because they are signature-based (even if they have heuristics detection to aid them), and zero-hour outbreaks can occasionally defeat them. Plus, if the malware is not in a file or message received (but a link or clean attachment to it is), an initial on-access scan will not secure or ameliorate the problem.

Which brings us to anti-spam protection.

First some myths you might like to consider:

  • All email comes with some anti-spam protection now, doesn’t it? – Simply put, no. Most email doesn’t, unless you opt-in and pay for it, or install and run your own. This is most especially true of business email or email service that comes with your own domain.
  • Isn’t spam on the decline? – Alas, no. It’s still on the increase. In their latest report, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA) noted that genuine email as a percentage of all email sent, had declined from 6% to 5%, which means that, of all email sent, fully 95% is now spam.
  • Anti-spam is expensive, isn’t it? – No, not really. Stand-alone solutions (i.e. those that sit on your desktop machine) cost the equivalent of less than 8¢ per day, well, ours does.
  • Anti-spam solutions are hard to install, aren’t they? – Absolutely not. Modern installers are as simple as a double-click and wait a short while. Even more complex server software is quite painless to install these days too.

So, what’s the business case, then?

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  • $10,000 for 1st Place (1 winner)
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The winner will also receive  a digital logo for their website and a plaque.

SPAMfighter is Europe’s leading protection software developer, providing state-of-the-art computer and server security products to over 6.7 million users from 225 countries/areas around the globe. In addition to an award-winning spam filter, SPAMfighter offers, PC optimization, anti-spyware, and anti-virus protection solutions.

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