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SmarterTools has no more Bundle Partnership

SmarterTools has no more Bundle Partnership

We wanted to let you know about some upcoming changes to the partnerships available from SmarterTools.

Beginning on July 1st, we will no longer be offering the Bundle Partnership. However, the Lease – Reseller and standard Reseller Partnerships will not be affected.

Existing Bundle Partners have the ability to issue Bundles until July 1st, and all Bundles issued prior to July 1st will be able to be activated as normal, even after the July 1st date.

Over the years, we’ve done our best to provide hosting providers and ISPs with the ability to provide $900 of free software that can be used as a sales incentive for their own products and services. In addition, making that software available offered a potential revenue source for partners as there was an established customer base for selling or leasing additional SmarterTools licensing, product upgrades, Maintenance and Support renewals and reinstatements, etc.

The Bundle Partnership was extremely successful but also came at a high cost. We constantly needed to maintain and monitor the issuance of Bundles to ensure that individual customers weren’t receiving multiple Bundles, that Bundles weren’t being provided for software upgrades, etc. We also tracked activations, free license conversions, and revenue generated from each Bundle Partner. As a result of all this maintenance and the associated costs in time and development hours, we have decided to discontinue this particular program and instead allocate resources to product development, quality control and other products and services coming in the near future.

As stated, we have no intentions to modify our Lease – Reseller and Reseller Partnerships. That said, as partnership renewals are coming up in June, it was important for us to notify partners early so that Bundle Partners have time to modify their automated order processing, etc. to account for the end of the Bundle program.

For those on bundle package and wish to renew their license protection can approach us for additional discount.

3 important functions you must know in SmarterMail

A lot of our SmarterMail users might have neglected these 3 important functions in connectivity. In my opinion, they are relatively important. It is good to understand the functions and their purpose.

The first one is cloud storage. Users can connect to their cloud storage like Google Drive, Dropbox and deposit their files via SmarterMail webmail. That’s mean to say, you can upload any attachment to your cloud storage after reading incoming emails. This will save time downloading the files and connect to your cloud storage to upload.

The second one is ‘Email Retrieval’. Like what it says retrieve email and it retrieves email using POP3 or IMAP4 from any mailbox that supports these protocol. This is especially good if you have many external email accounts and consider to consolidate them, read and reply with the same mailbox.

If you are a Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo users, refrain yourselves forwarding the email to them but fetch those emails from them. The email services have a very stringent anti-spam policy. forwarding emails might cause your mail server IP blocked. Remember a forwarding will forward the spam emails that you received.

The third one is rare and it might be a wanted feature to some user is an ‘SMTP Account’.  At the webmail, you can send emails using another SMTP mailbox but not the local SmarterMail SMTP. Which mean you can reply or write an email using another desired mail server. I found this is useful if I’m representing another organization.

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SmarterMail – Migration makes easy

SmarterMail – Migration makes easy

If you are using one of the email servers and want to migrate to SmarterMail, you can use the migration tool in the webmail as shown. Basically, SmarterMail imports all your emails stored on the current mail server either using POP3 or IMAP4, however, if you are Gmail user, you can import calendars, tasks and contacts too.

 

Brute-force Protection

Whether you are using Exim, Postfix or others, I personally feel that the brute-force protection is necessary. I have seen unauthorized login attempts on email accounts especially the common ones.

I supposed your service provider has been telling you ‘please use the strong password’. However, Imseeing compromised account use a weak password. So, please remind yourselves always to use strong passwords.

A strong password can be 13 characters and above, a mixture of the symbols, capital letters, small letters and numbers. You don’t and never define such as strong password ‘P@ssword123456’ Yes. it has more than 13 characters., symbols, capital, small letters and numbers.

This type of password is very guessable, they are likely in the hacker’s dictionary. Never use this kind of password. Combination of name, birthday, handphone and NRIC number should be avoided too. A password is your first defence line, hence it is important to make sure they are not guessable.

Devices have set up with email services should install with a good anti-virus capable of detecting malicious activities like for example ports scanning which is common nowadays. This is also important to an individual, even you have a strong password, there is risk your password is stolen through a backdoor on a virus-infected devive.

If you do have the above both, the brute-force protection is useful but it is not 100% you are protected or you are safe. Hackers will attempt to login to your email account with their hacking program using a guessable password.

The ideal of brute-force protection is a rule to block further failed login after X attempts in X interval and block the source for an X period. This is effective to bar authorized access. Whoever came out the mechanism is a genius. This mechanism has protected many, not only email accesses.

Like SmarterMail has such feature out of the box, actually more like internal spammer etc. However, today topic is mainly on brute-force and yes, SmarterMail has built-in with such feature. The server admin can define the number of attempts and the block interval. SmarterMail will display the IP address and its location, should you blacklist them permanently.

I personally felt this is a great feature to protect our email users. This feature reduces the workload on email server admin too. A good email system must built-in with a good security feature and SmarterMail did it.

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Should you own a dedicated email server?

Should you own a dedicated email server?

I’m seeing some of my customers are hosting a hundred or more email accounts using cPanel or Plesk onyx. There is nothing wrong using these control panels, email service is free using either Exim or Postfix. There are free and open source email server. Anti-Spam features are limited to free and open source solutions.

They are still ok for daily usages. However, if you are relying on the webmail, the choice is limited to the free and open source solutions. They are not amazing until you have seen better webmail like SmarterMail.

Administrative functions are also limited on these email server. Creating, deleting mailboxes and updating password are likely what you need. A lot of the other features are not available or modify them using SSH shell command.

In my opinion, administrating email server, receiving and sending emails are important for an organization. I’m seeing a lot have neglected this area.

A good email server can save you a lot of troubles and enhance your email deliveries. They are equal to money. Basically, the return is higher than investing in terms of financial values.

Today, we introduce SmartMail DE250Lite at #188 per month. Lower by more than $100 with smaller disk space. The Lite version will ft those with a lower budget if they do not need the large disk space.

Enable DKIM in SmarterMail

Enable DKIM in SmarterMail

DKIM has been popular to ensure email delivery, especially for bulk senders. You can enable DKIM signing on all your outgoing emails. The feature is handy for all SmarterMail administrators. The feature is located in Domain settings.

Create and copy the DKIM keys into your domain DNS txt record.

That’s all. Now, you have enabled DKIM.

How to check email header

How to check email header

This is essential for all. When someone is asking you to check email header? Or the sender? The most common mistake is looking at the email itself and provides you with the screenshot of the sender, the recipient, the subject, date and time.

This not the email header and they should look like this;

Return-Path: <mailer@infusionmail.com>
Received: from mx67.antispamcloud.com (mx67.antispamcloud.com [212.32.243.83]) by mail.vastspace.net with SMTP
	(version=TLS\Tls12
	cipher=Aes256 bits=256);
   Thu, 24 Jan 2019 22:20:45 +0800
Received: from mta-d-130-99.infusionmail.com ([35.227.130.99])
	by mx67.antispamcloud.com with esmtp (Exim 4.89)
	(envelope-from <mailer@infusionmail.com>)
	id 1gmfrv-000Bqn-Vk
	for seo@vastspace.net; Thu, 24 Jan 2019 15:20:37 +0100
Received: from web-camp-022 ([10.128.0.187])
	by cmsmtp with ESMTP
	id mfrtgMALnAUyumfrtg68ym; Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:20:33 -0500
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=infusionmail.com;
	s=dkim1024; t=1548339633; bh=T8e73Ytejwe3n/oEKLULhvvQ35Q=;
	h=Date:From:To:Message-ID:Subject:MIME-Version:Content-Type:
	 List-Unsubscribe:List-Unsubscribe-Post;
	b=nsuC3AYthFHXtF7lyUWIUgbK7P74yImvCapr6GkHrIi6wlEER4RmZ8uc68Q3Tw0dr
	 xzGK+nvcVTFRPBM9x9kGaDBHEMVpH0WnCZGfWvVIVk1zzbX5jAaoczJVUWqnsxSp4T
	 Ec6zLw1EvO6agfiv2fhOIzKg219INbDOOSt9EKRo=
DKIM-Signature: v=1; a=rsa-sha1; c=relaxed/relaxed; d=linksmanagement.com;
	s=ec9f094c-c6b7-4732-88e6-8c40751673a2; t=1548339633;
	bh=T8e73Ytejwe3n/oEKLULhvvQ35Q=;
	h=Date:From:To:Message-ID:Subject:MIME-Version:Content-Type:
	 List-Unsubscribe:List-Unsubscribe-Post;
	b=kmr8frDHAklbdGZ+iNoD/KDUcQnjJOzHtVOGJzUbFt2+JA1qU5ZeBp3wNxbZg9OF4
	 IOaVbCMRTyk/z71nn3dIjSB0uroa8EA5414gx5zvKBHQjOHxZa913X40jMri3Sn4aq
	 5F6yJUTgzqeEFWj8UUJkBC7xGY5ENNJcBj55eN6M=
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2019 09:20:29 -0500 (EST)
From: LinksManagement <info@linksmanagement.com>
To: seo@vastspace.net
Message-ID: <565800071.706111548339629832.JavaMail.tomcat@web-camp-022>
Subject: =?utf-8?Q?How_to_Master_2_Facets_of_SEO_&_Hit_Google=E2=80=99s_Top_10=3F?=
Errors-To: mailer@infusionmail.com
MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: multipart/alternative; 
	boundary="----=_Part_70379_1270312306.1548339629827"
X-MailSentId: 5923486
X-campaignid: infusion_lmmn5923486
Feedback-ID: lmmn:lmmn_354244:primer:infusionsoft
X-BatchId: 354244
X-InfApp: lmmn
X-InfContact: 679550
X-InfSent: 64878116
X-inf-package: primer
X-inf-uflags: UE,WF
X-inf-iflags: UE,WF
X-inf-QETT: 0
X-inf-BlockName: mn93
X-inf-SRS: -7.0
X-inf-dkimSelector: ec9f094c-c6b7-4732-88e6-8c40751673a2
X-inf-dkimDomain: linksmanagement.com
X-infEng: 480
X-Inf-Src: 5
List-Unsubscribe: <https://lmmn.infusionsoft.com/app/optOut/noConfirm/64878116/c0481908947e63fc>, <mailto:unsubscribe-lmmn-679550-354244-64878116-primer@infusionmail.com>
List-Unsubscribe-Post: List-Unsubscribe=One-Click
X-CMAE-Envelope: MS4wfNU43PWf9xzU9Cm0p0CF7meBRndYEwJXvQ8eHyp6nPoXG4EK6Y+fLJMWKtzV29ns6V02JdqmROQKkWpxSLnM01v5Ik/n3FYc6nfMk2vG20Vtx529X+8n
 Q8r1qLGO7USWxni6AgmpNL2vggM5w3qxQdC+LGsfBAh/U5WjnWSKOKzb
Received-SPF: pass (mx67.antispamcloud.com: domain of infusionmail.com designates 35.227.130.99 as permitted sender) client-ip=35.227.130.99; envelope-from=mailer@infusionmail.com; helo=mta-d-130-99.infusionmail.com;
X-SPF-Result: mx67.antispamcloud.com: domain of infusionmail.com designates 35.227.130.99 as permitted sender
Authentication-Results: mx67.antispamcloud.com; dmarc=pass header.from=linksmanagement.com
Authentication-Results: antispamcloud.com; spf=pass smtp.mailfrom=mailer@infusionmail.com; dkim=pass header.i=infusionmail.com; dkim=pass header.i=linksmanagement.com
X-Filter-Label: newsletter
X-Spampanel-Class: unsure
X-Spampanel-Evidence: Combined (0.50)
X-Recommended-Action: accept

 

The header provides you with details of the email received. This is useful when if possible to find out  the real sender, for example, you have received a spoofed email or blacklist an email server from sending you spam emails.

Today, we are going to show you do it with Outlook, Thunderbird and SmarterMail webmail. It is easy for Thunderbird and SmarterMail webmail users. There are more steps and complicated for some to get this option.

We show you on how for Thunderbird email application; Just go to the email, under more to view the source.

SmarterMail has the view header option in Webmail too. Go to that email, more option is the icon with 3 dots, then view header.

It is a bit more steps for Outlook. But you only do it once to get this option permanently. Follows these steps. You need to go option from your file tab, add the message option to one of the new tabs. Once it is added, the message option will be permanently available for all emails.

IDS in email server?

IDS in email server?

I have dealt with web hosting for many years now. SmarterMail is the only email server software comes with IDS. In case you didn’t know what is IDS? IDS is normally found in firewall known as intrusion detecting system. IDS has a set of rules if any connection has violated the rules, mitigation will kick in. The serve to minimize the risk of a server’s attack or hack.

SmarterMail as this to stop abnormal activities, like attempting to log in with failed passwords known as brute-force or similar. This has greatly reduced a compromised email account or server’s abuse. Base on my experience, SmarterMail email server has very low a compromised email account uses to send spam emails. Thanks to the IDS in SmarterMail.