Relevant Products: Anti-Spam
Microsoft Exchange incorporates sophisticated anti-spam technology but accessing and updating these features can be a daunting prospect even for the technically minded. At best, the user interface to some anti-spam features is less than intuitive and at worst, it is nonexistent and requires command line instructions.
Exclaimer Anti-spam has been designed to provide intuitive, user-friendly access to anti-spam settings within Microsoft Exchange, and to build upon these settings to provide an additional level of security in the fight against unsolicited commercial email (spam).
How Does It Work?
As part of the installation process for Exclaimer Anti-spam, any existing antispam settings are loaded from Microsoft Exchange.
Thereafter, if you change settings in Exclaimer Anti-spam, they will be applied to your Microsoft Exchange configuration. Conversely, any changes that might be made to anti-spam settings within Microsoft Exchange (directly) will be loaded into Exclaimer Anti-spam (either when the software is closed and restarted, or when you choose to refresh data whilst Exclaimer Anti-spam is running).
Exclaimer Anti-spam works on a system of features and rules. In most cases, features and rules provide a layer over existing Microsoft Exchange settings. Features are used to define core configuration for Microsoft Exchange anti-spam filters and as such, these are always processed first. A series of rules are provided to access settings which are likely to be changed on a more regular basis; you can:
- Maintain a list of recipients for whom anti-spam tests will never be performed
(using the recipient white list rule).
- Maintain a list of senders who are considered to be 'safe' and for whom antispam tests will never be performed (using the sender white list rule).
- Maintain a list of senders who are considered to be 'unsafe' and from whom email messages will be blocked (using the sender block list rule).
- Specify actions to be taken with messages classified as spam as a result of content filtering (using the content filtering rule).
- Specify actions to be taken with messages classified as spam as a result of checking the Sender ID (using the sender ID rule).
- Specify actions to be taken with bulk email messages that are classified by Commtouch (using the Commtouch classifications rule).
No Technical Expertise Required
Some organizations are fortunate to have experienced system administrators who have a detailed knowledge of Microsoft Exchange and its anti-spam settings - but many others do not. Exclaimer Anti-spam has been designed to suit the needs of both experienced and novice users.
When Exclaimer Anti-spam is installed, you are asked to choose an anti-spam scenario - in other words, to choose (at a high level) how you would like your anti-spam settings to work. A scenario is a set of predefined options for running Exclaimer Anti-spam in a particular way (for example, whether you wish to quarantine spam messages or reject them) and these options are applied once installation is complete.
If you have little or no experience with anti-spam settings, Exclaimer Anti-spam scenarios are the ideal way to get started. Having completed simple installation and setup wizards you can be sure that your Microsoft Exchange anti-spam filters are optimized and there is no need for you to change features or even rules unless you want to.
However, if you are a seasoned administrator, you will appreciate a clean, intuitive interface to access features and rules to customise a scenario.
But That's Not All...
For an extra level of security, Exclaimer Anti-spam is also fully integrated with the third party Commtouch anti-spam solution. Commtouch uses its own Recurrent Pattern Detection™ (RPD™) technology which focuses on detecting and classifying patterns in large scale spam attacks. These classifications are maintained in a vast database which can be interrogated by Exclaimer Anti-spam; this means that incoming email messages can be checked and classified in real time.
Closing Exclaimer Anti-spam
The Exclaimer Anti-spam application does not need to be running for rules and features to be processed. To close Exclaimer Anti-spam, select exit from the file menu at the top of the Exclaimer console.