As more and more businesses use e-mail as their preferred form of communication, they are well aware of the potentially detrimental impact viruses, spam, spyware and other threats can pose to their day-to-day operations.
More than 97 percent of e-mail messages sent over the Internet are unwanted. According to the Microsoft (News - Alert) Security Intelligence Report Volume 6, unwanted messages are typically phishing attacks, or are spam. While many computer users can easily identify spam, which often contain cryptic subject lines or catchy-sounding advertisements, businesses still need protection from more insidious threats which are less visible.
For example, a recent survey by the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group, also known as MAAWG, found that nearly one-third of consumers admitted to responding to a message they suspected might be spam. In addition, about 80 percent of users said they doubted their computers were at risk of being infected with a "bot," which is a covertly planted virus capable of sending spam, or causing other damage without the owner's knowledge. Unfortunately, they are mistaken.
Spam makes up 85 percent of all e-mail traffic, and 93 percent of businesses are infiltrated by viruses and worms. That’s why 123Together.com, a provider of hosted business services, is offering its customers MX Logic Premium Spam Filtering and MX Logic Disaster Recovery Services.
The Burlington, Mass-based company’s MX Logic Premium Spam Filtering Service is a multi-layered e-mail protection service that includes spam filtering and analysis, fraud protection, and the filtering of unwelcome and potentially malicious content for inbound e-mail. The solution blocks 99 percent of all spam and identifies harmful e-mail and attachments before they reach users.
The service, which masks users’ e-mail infrastructure from incoming e-mail attacks and other assaults on internal systems, is available to businesses of all sizes for a small monthly per user fee, company officials said.
Meanwhile, 123Together.com’s (News - Alert) MX Logic Disaster Recovery Service protects business communications from a range of catastrophes, including natural disasters, power outages, equipment malfunction, and employee error. In the event of a natural disaster, electrical outage, or network failure, the service monitors and stores all incoming and outbound e-mail in a secure, external site until the issue is resolved. Around-the-clock web-based access enables users to remain in constant communication during this time and all e-mails are automatically synched with their sent, received and deleted folders once network connectivity has been restored, officials said.
The spam filtering services require 123Together.com’s hosted Exchange e-mail service. A comparison of the two services is available here.
123Together.com is offering a 30-day, no obligation trial of its MX Logic Premium Spam Filtering and MX Logic Disaster Recovery Services on its Web site.
For more on Exchange spam filtering services and other hosted business services, visit www.123Together.com or its hosted Exchange channel here on TMCnet.
Amy Tierney is a Web editor for TMCnet, covering unified communications, telepresence, IP communications industry trends and mobile technologies. To read more of Amy's articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Amy Tierney