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Improve anti-virus and anti-spam in Plesk & cPanel

Recently, we have noticed an increase in unwanted emails attached to infected documents. These are things you can do on your Plesk and cPanel control panels

But I still reinstate that local protection on your computers and devices like smartphones are extremely important. Most malware remains inactive until users intervention. Thus, these protections are your last defense.

For Plesk, I suggest you buy the extension known as Premium anti-virus.  After you have obtained the addon license you need to install through your ‘updates & upgrades’. The add-on license is not too expensive and it is worthy especially you are in business and many mailboxes.

For cPanel, installing ClamAV is a must. However, if you are running a VPS with a Gb memory or below, you might want to think twice as ClamAV uses resources especially during updates ad you have plenty of emails.

You can enhance the ClamAV by using 3rd party rules, but again you will need memory. The next solution you might want to consider is the MailScanner from Configserver. I recommend the Front-End costs USD 55, one-tine fee for its license. Useful and it makes your jobs so much easier.

DKIM exempted you as Spammer?

A while ago someone came to me, asked if I can add DKIM so his company is not identified as a spammer. In a way, yes but in another way is a no. Why do I say so?

DKIM is easy to advertise in the zone records nowadays. Many popular control panels have such ability to publish whether your DNS is hosted on the same server or just copy them into your DNS hosted elsewhere. Whichever the case, DKIM allows you to sign an outgoing email is to match with the public key you have advertised in the public DNS, to tell others it is sent by real me.

DKIM is one of the best methods to identify email is spoofed, impersonating a person in the organization. Here’s the catch, only the authorized mail server signed that email. If you are using another email server signed with different keys, it will cause a failure if DKIM of your recipient mail server is validating DKIM.

2 things, if your recipient mail server is not checking on DKIM or no action is taken. The real sender email account has been compromised. For these cases, how can DKIM protect your organization?

Have you heard about Mailspring?

Malspring was formerly known as Nylas Mail, ok, I like the name ‘Mailspring’ better. Sound alien to you? Most I have spoken like if you are dealing email, you use Outlook. Apparently, there are many other mail applications, like Thunderbird is one of the popular too.

But why I want to mention Mailspring today? Read on to know why. If you have a big inbox and you are reading a lot of emails every day, you want something fast, does not hang when they are syncing with the mail server while downloading right?

Apparently, Mailspring is the fastest email application I have tried. Every click on Mailspring is instant. The RAM usage is so much lower. I don’t do fancy stuff on my emails so I can stick to the free version.  They have a PRO version, it is a monthly subscription type you can check the detail on their website https://getmailspring.com/pro.

However, there is one major problem for me otherwise it is perfect.  Mailspring does not have a ready-made addon like Thunderbird. I use the sort and alert plugins, they are important to me. Never know if I will need others but Thunderbird will give me that option.

ConfigServer MailScanner Front-End

Today, I want to mention a product or rather an installation for cPanel users is the ConfigServer MailScanner Front-End. Do not mix up with the Configserver MailScanner, even they are the same in the backend, MailScanner’s front end made your life easier and made anti-spam effectively. I recommend to cPanel users if they are looking for a cost-effective antispam solution.

MAILSCANNERMost anti-spam is not integrated. They use MX to help you filter spam emails. If it is injected to the mail server, it is local delivery though LMTP, this kind of solution is not effective. However, the integrated means you need resources, and there is on overhead especially to those have a high volume of email traffic.

MAILSCANNERIf anti-spam is your top priority, Configserver MailScanner with the Front End is worth considering. With my past experience, you are safe to quarantine emails with a score as low as 2. In addition, the front end gives you the ability on how you want to keep the quarantined emails.

Anti-spam is not 100%, users unwanted email considered to a user as spam might not be the case for antispam. Antispam a few rules and gives a score of each rule to add them up should the email’s score is more than the threshold. There are cases, spam or unwanted emails have slipped through your anti-spam, MailScanner Front End allows you to click on the button to learn, to learn and port as spam, or blacklist sender and its domain.

Configserver charges USD 55 onetime fee for MailScanner front end, I personally think it is affordable and cPanel users should install if they want effective antispam.

What is HPMVPS?

HPMVPS stands for High-Performance Managed VPS, it is a fully managed service for businesses on their websites and email hostings.

We have observed many business owners have spent plenty of time choosing their web hosting and yet many have not met the expectation. Nowadays, due to the malicious traffic on the internet, many business owners of how their data is protected.

Thus, HPMVPS is a total solution to it. The business owner will find Vastspace’s HPMVPS is a complete solution and an answer to all these. They need not hunt high and low for their websites and email hosting services.

HPMVPS is a one-stop hosting solution for businesses. As t is fully managed, you do not employ a server admin to take care of your hosted environment. This aspect is being taken care too, we will deploy the necessary personnel and monitoring tools to ensure smooth operation. We bring down to service failure near zero  is our objective for HPMVPS, it is about business continuity.