Server filter puts a fee on e-mail spam

As unsolicited spam e-mail reaches epidemic levels, a Channel Islands supplier is offering a way to halt unwanted messages.

As unsolicited spam e-mail reaches epidemic levels, a Channel Islands supplier is offering a way to halt unwanted messages.

The product from Anodyne Developments uses software that blocks spammers unless they are willing to pay a fee.

Attempts at filtration have so far been unsuccessful because the spammers keep finding ways to get round the software. Anodyne's product allows e-mails through only if the sender is on a list of permitted correspondents.

The list resides on the user's ISP server. E-mails from unlisted senders will be directed to a micropayments site to pay a fee.

The software reads and stores addresses in outgoing e-mails so that a reply can be returned without being blocked.

Andy Dwelly, chief executive of Anodyne, admitted that many unsolicited e-mails are enquiries about purchasing goods and services, but said users outside the sales and marketing teams could benefit.


Eric Doyle
eric.doyle@rbi.co.uk

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