A little more than a year and a half ago (January 2004), I was looking for a new product to develop. I had a few basic requirements: it had to be useful to me, it had to be useful to customers, and it had to be easy to use and configure. At the time I was struggling with the amount of email messages I was receiving. It seemed like I spent 4 hours a day just looking at email. When I stepped back and looked at what I was really doing, I was spending almost all of that time sifting through the 200+ spam messages I was getting each day.
Although my company had spam filtering enabled on our mail server, the spam software still required me to decide what was spam and what wasn't. Although it was more than 95% accurate, it still would mistakenly classify real email messages as spam, and it would classify some spam as real. It was then that I realized my employees were also going through this same exercise, each day, every day, and all day long. If each member of my staff spent 20-50% of their time filtering email, that was time they could not spend helping customers, writing software, or working on web sites.
This simple realization led me to write a challenge / response antispam system. I began writing Zaep as soon as I could. Within 2 weeks, I was able to use Zaep for my own personal email. Surprisingly, it changed my life! No, I'm not exaggerating, because I want you to buy Zaep. It REALLY changed my life! At first I thought there was a problem with Zaep, because Outlook Express was no longer interrupting me telling me I had new mail. I was worried at first because I was able to concentrate on doing my REAL job, writing software. It was amazing. While I was at my computer I found myself more relaxed, I wasn't worried about new email coming in, because suddenly email was real again!
Do you remember when you first started using email? I do. I remember getting a message, responding to it, getting responses, and thinking; "wow, this is a cool way to communicate". That all changed when my inbox became bombarded with 95% spam. But now with Zaep in place, email was once again like that: real. Setting up Zaep is a snap. For individuals using Zaep, it's simply a matter of installing Zaep, and configuring your email client to connect to Zaep instead of directly to your email server. If you're using Microsoft Outlook or Outlook Express, Zaep will do the configuration for you during installation.
Setting up Zaep in an enterprise environment is easier than setting up a mail server, an FTP server, or a web server. Simply install on a server, configure your email accounts, then change your user's email clients to connect to Zaep instead of your email server. Each user can maintain and monitor their account in Zaep through a web browser. Zaep is also administered through a web browser, so it can be configured and maintained by the administrator from virtually anywhere.Zaep acts as a proxy server between your email program and your email server. It acts as a man-in-the-middle deciding who is authorized to send you messages and who isn't. If you receive an unsolicited message, Zaep sends a challenge message to the sender. If the sender responds by clicking on a link or replying to the message, Zaep approves the sender, allowing all messages from that individual. If you send a message to someone, they are automatically added to your "white list". If they respond, you'll get their response or any message that they send to you. They're never even challenged. If you have a list of individuals that you want added to your white list, such as individuals in your contact list, simply export from your email client to a text file, then import into your white list. Zaep even provides you with the ability to view Pending
Challenges and view statistics concerning your email account.The following are some Zaep highlights:
- Zaep gets rid of all spam, 100%, without getting it wrong.
- Zaep works for the enterprise or the individual.
- Challenge responses can be in the form of a web page click or an email reply.
- Zaep automatically "approves" email addresses you send to.
- Use your browser to configure individual accounts or administer Zaep.
- Zaep works with any POP3 and SMTP server.
- Zaep can act as an MDaemon (mail server - http://www.mdaemon.com) plug-in. When acting as a plug-in, Zaep can also protect IMAP or web based email.
- There is no need to review what is spam and what isn't spam. Without exaggeration, Zaep has changed how I work. It has changed my attitude toward email, and has made me more relaxed. Zaep has made the RhinoSoft.com staff much more efficient than it was before, because all email messages we receive are real email messages. Zaep simply works like no other solution has. Give Zaep a try. If you're bombarded with spam, it just may change your life too. Zaep runs under Windows 98/Me/NT 4.0/2000/XP. Zaep supports virtually any POP3 and SMTP mail server as well as any email client.Thank you for taking the time to read about Zaep. More than anything else, concerning Zaep, I would love for you to experience a spam-free life, like me.-- Mark P. Peterson - Vice President, RhinoSoft.comDownload Zaep AntiSpam from Tucows NOW!
About The Author...RhinoSoft.com (Rhino Software, Inc.) was founded in October 1996. The company specializes in developing and distributing software designed to help customers leverage the power of the Internet. RhinoSoft.com develops and distributes the popular FTP Voyager FTP client, the industry's most popular FTP server Serv-U, AllegroSurf proxy server and web accelerator, DNS4Me Dynamic DNS service, Zaep AntiSpam software, FtpTree ActiveX Control programming tool.
Michael E. Callahan, known around the world by the trademarked name Dr. File Finder, is regarded as the world's leading expert on shareware. Dr. File Finder works with software programs and developers full-time, and in the average year he evaluates 10,000 programs. Since 1982 he has evaluated over 250,000 software and hardware products. Mr. Callahan began evaluating software online in 1982 and no one has been at it longer. He currently works doing online PR and marketing for software companies, and is the Senior Content Producer for Butterscotch.Com.