SOURCE: Cloudmark

December 03, 2007 08:00 ET

Cloudmark Announces Availability of Cloudmark Desktop for Mozilla Thunderbird

Award-Winning Spam Filter Now Available for Mozilla Thunderbird Users

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 3, 2007) - Cloudmark, Inc., the global leader in messaging security, today announced the availability of Cloudmark Desktop™ for Mozilla Thunderbird™. Cloudmark Desktop is an award-winning spam filter that offers the industry's highest accuracy in blocking spam, virus and phishing attacks and has been rated best-in-class by leading consumer publications in the U.S. and Europe.

Previously available only for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, Cloudmark Desktop is now available for the Mozilla Thunderbird client, an extremely popular free e-mail client with several million users and more than 50 million downloads since inception(1). Currently, there are few spam filtering options available for Mozilla Thunderbird users that are effective against the growing volume and sophistication of spam, phishing attacks and e-mail borne viruses.

"With the growing sophistication and proliferation of messaging abuse, there is increasing demand for desktop e-mail security solutions," said Leon Rishniw, vice president of engineering at Cloudmark. "Cloudmark Desktop already has achieved significant traction among Outlook and Outlook Express users. Our solution for Mozilla Thunderbird represents a natural extension of the Cloudmark Desktop product, allowing Thunderbird users to have mailboxes free of unwanted messages, saving them valuable time and protecting them from malicious social engineering attacks."

Cloudmark Desktop is effective in blocking unwanted messages regardless of format or language, including new forms of image and PDF spam, along with virus attachments and phishing attacks, with greater than 98 percent accuracy. Cloudmark Desktop's high accuracy is driven by a unique combination of Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ algorithms together with real-time feedback from Cloudmark's Global Threat Network (GTN), a community of 260 million trusted reporters worldwide.

Cloudmark Desktop was designed to plug seamlessly into the Thunderbird toolbar and appears as a single, dynamic button with drop-down options that keep the Thunderbird interface virtually unaltered. In addition, Cloudmark Desktop does not slow down computer performance and, unlike other anti-spam solutions, does not require a separate application window. Cloudmark Desktop is extremely simple and easy to use -- it installs in minutes, begins working immediately, and requires no configuration and no rules or lists to manage.

Also unique to Cloudmark is the ability for users to stop future spam and virus variants by simply clicking the "Block" button on their Thunderbird toolbar, which reports spam messages back to Cloudmark. Cloudmark analyzes and corroborates the feedback, usually within minutes of the initial outbreak, to offer near real-time protection against new e-mail threats.

Additional features of Cloudmark Desktop for Mozilla Thunderbird include:

--  "My Rating" -- Cloudmark displays a users' trust rating, based on the
    accuracy and frequency of their reporting, enabling users to see how their
    individual feedback contributes to the community.
--  User and Community Statistics -- Enables users to see how well
    Cloudmark Desktop is working through individual and community-wide spam
    blocking statistics.
--  "User Detection Action" -- Allows users to easily manage messages
    identified as spam by selecting from three options: delete instantly, age
    messages, or leave messages in inbox and tag as spam. Once this function
    has been set, users no longer need to manually manage spam folders.
--  Approved Smart List -- Enables users to import a list of "good"
    senders from their address book, ensuring receipt of all legitimate
--  Drop-down Menu Links -- The Cloudmark drop-down menu also enables
    users to access an online tutorial, Cloudmark Technical Support, My Rating
    and My Cloudmark Account, where users can manage their personal accounts.

Pricing and Availability

Cloudmark Desktop is available at Cloudmark Desktop currently runs on Windows only and is compatible with all Thunderbird-compatible e-mail services, including POP3, SSL POP3, IMAP, Gmail, MSN/Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail Plus, and costs $39.95 per year, including free updates for life. Cloudmark Desktop is also available for Outlook and Outlook Express.

About Cloudmark

Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, delivering the industry's fastest, most comprehensive and most accurate real-time spam, virus and phishing protection for fixed and mobile networks. Cloudmark solutions combine highly sophisticated Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ technology based on innovative, high-performance algorithms and a Global Threat Network consisting of trusted reporters in 163 countries to provide security intelligence and filtering at all points in the messaging infrastructure. Cloudmark solutions currently protect more than 260 million mailboxes and the company works with more than 90 of the world's largest service provider and mobile operator networks (including seven of the top 10 in North America), such as EarthLink, Comcast, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, NTT Communications, SprintNextel, Virgin Mobile and Swisscom, as well as hosted messaging providers, including domainFACTORY. Cloudmark is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit

(1) Mozilla Community

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