Anti-Spam and Mail Monitoring with GFI MailEssentials 8

Striking a balance between securing network resources and ensuring that users have the tools they need to do their job presents a difficult quandary for IT managers and network administrators alike. If your network is like most, your users are likely inundated with almost unmanageable levels of junk email. Spam is not only intrusive and annoying, but also costly in terms of server storage space and user time. On the flipside, providing users with access to email also comes with a security risk in that it provides a facility by which users can easily forward data to other users or even customers, be it sensitive corporate information or simply inappropriate content. Quite simply, companies need the ability to both monitor and manage email resources as necessary for both legal and/or security reasons more than ever before.

Out of the box, most email server products provide limited monitoring, security, and anti-spam functions. In those that do, the feature set tends to be weak and seemingly implemented as an afterthought. However, the new GFI MailEssentials 8 product from GFI Software not only provides the most comprehensive anti-spam capabilities currently available, but also industrial-strength mail monitoring, the ability to add disclaimers to all outgoing messages, and more. Impressively, GFI provides many of the products best features as freeware, making GFI MailEssentials 8 a must-evaluate product for administrators of both large and small networks alike.

Author: Dan DiNicolo

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