GFI MailEssentials 12 blocks phishing emails at the gateway

Abuja, Nigeria – Monday, February 13, 2006 - Niche Konsult announces the availability of GFI MailEssentials 12. GFI MailEssentials 12 comes with Phishing URI Realtime BlockList (PURBL) which now protects users from phishing emails by detecting and blocking them before they reach the recipient’s mailbox

How the PURBL works

Featuring PURBL, a Phishing URI Realtime Blocklist, GFI MailEssentials 12 extracts links from the message body and checks them against a list of well-known phishing sites. GFI MailEssentials 12 also scans typical phishing keywords, which identify and treat the message as spam once found.

Effect on Administrator Efficiency

The Exchange administrator’s daily workload is greatly minimised as the software works at server level, so administrators do not need to install anti-phishing software on every desktop. Furthermore, the product features server-based Bayesian filtering technology that automatically adapts to each organisation’s email environment, so that administrators do not need to intervene.

Other features of GFI MailEssentials 12

GFI MailEssentials 12 incorporates its investment in developing innovative technologies to reduce the number of legitimate emails blocked in error. Features such as email header analysis and keyword checking, and sender- and recipient-based whitelists, in addition to Bayesian filtering technology significantly curb the number of false positives.

Easy to implement, GFI EndPointSecurity can be quickly deployed within a network with its plug and click configuration. Grouping permissions allow rapid company-wide policy enforcement, catering for users moving into and out of new groups within the organization; the software proactively updates the solution’s configuration to match the level of access within the new group.

David Vella, Product Manager for GFI MailEssentials, comments: “Email phishing scams have already cost companies millions, both in terms of time spent combating the problem and dealing with the effects of the scam. GFI MailEssentials 12 allows business efficiency and security to go hand in hand, allowing companies to use their resources and infrastructure in a far more efficient and cost-effective way.”

Special offer available till March 31, 2006 The anti-phishing module is available for free for up to one year with each purchase of GFI MailEssentials, whilst GFI customers who subscribe to the Software Maintenance Agreement can receive the module for the length of the Software Maintenance Agreement.

Purchase GFI MailEssentials on or before March 31, 2006 and get the anti-phishing module free for one year.

More about the Phishing URI Realtime BlockList PURBL

Phishing is a technique used to perform social engineering through emails. A phishing email will be crafted to look like an official email coming from a reputable business, for example a bank. Phishing emails will contain instructions, for example that a bank requires you to reconfirm your online banking username and password or credit card information. The phishing email will include a Phishing Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) which the user is supposed to follow to enter some sensitive information on a site, such as the username and password in the example used before. The site pointed to by the phishing URI will look like the official site, but in reality it is controlled by whoever sent the phishing emails. When the user enters the sensitive information on the phishing site, the data will be collected and is then used for example to withdraw money from your bank account.

The Phishing URI Realtime Blocklist (PURBL) feature of GFI MailEssentials detects phishing emails by comparing URIs present in the email to a database of URIs which are known to be used in phishing attacks, and also by looking for typical phishing keywords in the URIs. More information on phishing is available at Anti-Phishing Offer.

Obtaining an Evaluation Version

An evaluation version of GFI MailEssentials 12 may be obtained from The evaluation version will work for 10 days without a trial product key, and is extensible to 30 days upon insertion of the trial product key.

Obtaining the Commercial Version

GFI MailEssentials pricing is highly competitive, with a 25-user version costing just N101,250.00, as an example. GFI MailEssentials can be purchased in a bundle with GFI MailSecurity, GFI’s email content security product, at pricing starting at N112,500.00 for 25 mailboxes. More information about GFI MailEssentials and a trial version are available at:

 Obtaining All-round protection:

The GFI EmailProtection Suite

The GFI EmailProtection Suite including GFI MailSecurity (GFI’s email content security product), GFI MailEssentials(GFI’s anti-spam anti-phishing and email management product) and GFI MailArchiver (GFI’s email archiving solution for internal and external email) can be purchased starting at N149,250.00 for 25 mailboxes.

About GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP

GFI MailEssentials offers spam and phishing protection at server level and eliminates the need to install and update anti-spam and anti-phishing software on each desktop. It offers a fast set-up and a high spam detection rate using Bayesian analysis and other methods – no configuration required, very low false positives through its automatic whitelist, and the ability to automatically adapt to the email environment to constantly tune and improve spam detection. GFI MailEssentials also adds email management tools to your mail server: disclaimers, mail archiving and monitoring, Internet mail reporting, list server, server-based auto replies, anti-phishing and POP3 downloading. GFI MailEssentials for Exchange/SMTP has won various awards including the MSD2D People’s Choice Awards 2004, the MSExchange Readers’ Choice Award 2004 and the 2003 MCP Magazine ‘Products You Love’ Award, among others.GFI MailEssentials pricing is very competitive, with a 50-user version costing just N163,125.00, as an example. More information about GFI MailEssentials and a trial version are available at:

About GFI

GFI is a leading provider of network security, content security and messaging software. Key products include the GFI FAXmaker fax connector for Exchange and SMTP mail servers; GFI MailSecurity email content/exploit checking and anti-virus software; GFI MailEssentials server-based anti-spam software; GFI MailArchiver an email archiving solution; GFI LANguard Network Security Scanner (N.S.S.) security scanning and patch management software; GFI Network Server Monitor that automatically sends alerts, and corrects network and server issues; GFI LANguard Security Event Log Monitor (S.E.L.M.) that performs event log based intrusion detection and network-wide event log management; and GFI EndPointSecurity that enables network-wide control of removable media. Clients include Microsoft, Telstra, Time Warner Cable, NASA, DHL, Caterpillar, BMW, the US IRS, and the USAF. GFI has offices in the US, the UK, Germany, Cyprus, Romania, Australia and Malta, and operates through a worldwide network of distributors. GFI is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and has won the Microsoft Fusion (GEM) Packaged Application Partner of the Year award. For more information about GFI, visit 

About Niche Konsult

Niche Konsult is an information technology security firm with expertise in content, messaging, network and web application security. Niche Konsult provides software and solutions that help individuals, small and medium size businesses, large companies and governments optimize and secure their information technology infrastructure.

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