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A couple of week ago, I signed up to give GFI Max Mail Protection a spin. It’s a hosted email security solution that sits between your mail server and the rest of the Internet, providing you with an extra layer of protection to stop spam, malware and other nasties you can find in your email.
So, you may ask, why did you actually try this out? Well, I have various products providing me with spam filtering and anti-virus and anti-spyware, but they’re always a pain to keep updated, especially the anti-spam which is hosted on my mail server. Here was an opportunity to let someone else take the pain away, to let a security vendor actually do that they do best, cleaning up my email stream from all the things I wasn’t interested in.
Setting up GFI Max Mail Protection was pretty easy though you do need a certain amount of tech-savvy to understand what you’re doing. The hosted solution actually sits in front of your mail server and you need to change your DNS record to direct your incoming mail to GFI’s servers. Your email stream is then cleaned and email then delivered to your normal mail servers for you to pick up. GFI Max Mail Protection has a whole range of different features that can accommodate infrastructures much more complex than mine, in fact, I only scratched the surface as far as features and functionality are concerned.
The spam handling functionality is pretty comprehensive, giving you the option, giving you options to drop, quarantine of deliver spam messages. White-list, black-list and even grey-listing functionality is fully supported and you even have full control of what happens to email to unknown email addresses. It even gives you the option to filter outgoing email in case your systems are compromised or your internal protection inadequate. That last one is a great option that can help mitigate against potentially embarrassing failures in your systems.
GFI Max Mail Protection is a great option for SMEs (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) who may not have the right level of staffing to manage dedicated solutions; but it also scales to accommodate larger organisations. If you’re looking for ways to protect your systems and users from threats that have the potential to damage your business, check out GFI Max Mail Protection.