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MailScanner - the best email protection system in the world

Published: 11 May 2009

MailScanner, the email security and anti-spam system developed and managed in ECS by Julian Field, now protects email in every country in the world.

Julian, Postmaster in the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton, began developing MailScanner in 2000 and now believes it is demonstrably the best email protection system in the world and the most widely used, protecting email for users in 226 countries.

'MailScanner now protects every country from the Vatican State to the United States, from North Korea to the South Pacific,’ he said.

Julian believes that MailScanner's success lies in its open source system which guarantees reliability, and the fact that its spam-handling technology is ahead of the competition.

He comments: ‘Our spam-handling features are much more flexible than other systems. Even if our system thinks a message is spam, it can still let it through but can wrap it up in another message so that if it is offensive, it won’t hit you in the face.’

The success of MailScanner can be judged from the fact that it is used in some of the world’s leading organizations, for example: the US Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Harvard, MIT, and Cambridge universities, Vodafone Europe, Amnesty International, Friends Of The Earth and the British Antarctic Survey. The technology is fast becoming the standard email solution at many ISP sites for virus protection and spam filtering.

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