Monday, August 25, 2008

Keep unwanted mail away with Email filtering

Email filtering is the processing of e-mail to organize it, according to specified criteria. Most often this refers to the automatic processing of incoming messages, but the term also applies to the intervention of human Intelligence in addition to anti-spam techniques, and to outgoing emails as well as those being received.

Email filtering software takes emails as input. For its output, it might pass the message (though unchanged) for delivery to the user's mailbox, redirect the message for delivery elsewhere, or even throw the message away. Some mail filters are able to edit messages during processing.

Common uses for mail filters include removal of spam and of computer viruses. A less common use is to inspect outgoing e-mail at some companies to ensure that employees comply with appropriate laws. Users might also employ a mail filter to prioritize messages, and to sort them into folders based on subject matter or other criteria.


1. Defend against inbound threats

2. Prevent data leakage through emails

3. Encrypt sensitive information

4. Help in analyzing messaging infrastructure.

References: Wikipedia
Inputs from Gerry Tucker. Director- Sales, APAC Proofpoint systems

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