Online officials estimate that unsolicited commercial email
accounts for up to 30 percent of all of its incoming email messages.
But many fear that this number could easily reach the high 90s.
Like junk mail, it will be impossible to completely eliminate
have become more prolific. These days, more and more junk e-mail
is finding its way into In boxes. Brightmail says the volume
of spam it encounters has almost tripled in the last nine months.
Hounded by spam, some computer users have simply abandoned e-mail
- Waster, Productivity-killer junk mail has swelled to a plague.
Your best resort - filter and ignore. And never a spammer be.
Menace of Unsolicited Email, by
menace growing by the day, by
Spam Busters, by
(Bridge News - September 11, 1997)
(The Sunday Times - July 7, 2002)
(Business World - July 2002)
Spam is invasive
Internet advertising. Spam impinges on your existence
in two ways: as unsolicited commercial email directly
to your email Inbox and via massively cross-posted
off-topic messages to USENET newsgroups.
Spam is bad because it consumes YOUR resources. The
initial cost to the spammer sending out a spam are
minimal. The costs on your end, however, are not.
In some ways spam is similar to junk snailmail in
that it is flung out by an advertiser to a huge group
of people in the hopes that someone out of that crowd
will respond. The difference is that, with junk mail,
the cost of the advertisement is borne by the advertiser.
They pay to have the ad printed and mailed. The cost
to you is fairly small, consisting primarily of the
amount of your time consumed in inspecting the mail,
determining that it's junk and throwing it away.
In the case of spam, however, the cost of the ad is
arguably borne by agencies other than the organization
that sent it. Someone may send a spam with only the
relatively small initial investment of access to the
Internet, a list of email addresses, and some method
or software that sends the spam. The cost to you consists
of the space taken up by the spam on the server that
houses your email or newsfeed and, if you're paying
for access, the amount of time and bandwidth taken
up by downloading unwanted material. This is in addition
to the amount of time you spend reading and determining
this stuff is junk.
There is plenty of information on the web that outlines
the true cost of spam to the Internet community. This
has largely been a response to the typical spammer
plea that they are just exercising their 1st amendment
freedom of speech rights and that "if you don't like
it, all you have to do is delete it." Anti-spammers
counter that spam steals capacity from the Internet
-- by grabbing resources from both users and access
providers without their permission and without providing
them with compensation for use.
The Interpole Spam Free E-Mail
Various service providers and software companies have
been developing anti-spam filter mechanisms over the
past few years, to stop their entry into the mail
system. Traditional anti-spam technical countermeasures
are based upon maintaining a "blacklist" containing
e-mail addresses, domains, and/or network subnets
of known junk-mailers. Or worse, a "profile" of message
headers and message body text that fits the software's
idea of what a piece of SPAM looks like.
The traditional Blacklist-centric Strategy is
"Allow everything that is not explicitly denied"
The problem with this approach is that spammer's intrusion
techniques are evolving as fast as your prevention
techniques are, so the battle is never ending. Maintaining
the blacklist is often just as time-consuming as pressing
the "Delete" key on the easily recognized junk messages.
If wasted time is your biggest complaint with junk
e-mail, you can see why this traditional methodology
The chance of accidental "false positives" is also
significantly higher with this more complex approach.
If you really want effective and reliable Unsolicited
Commercial Email (UCE) control, you need something
a more intelligent mechanism that doesn't rely on
heuristics that spammers can work around.
How InterpoleMail differs?
The Interpole Solution consists of a reverse strategy
to outsmart the spammers.
Our Allowedlist-centric Strategy is
"Deny everything that is not explicitly allowed''
With the Interpole Solution, unrestricted access to
your mailbox can no longer be assumed, a premise,
which spammers rely heavily upon.
The way the solution thwarts incoming junk-mail is
simple yet extremely effective. The user maintains
an "Allowed List" of trusted contacts, which
are allowed directly into his/her mailbox. Messages
from unknown senders are held back in a `Retained
Folder' on the server, until they respond to a confirmation
request sent by our software. Once they respond to
the confirmation, their original message is deemed
legitimate and is delivered to the user. The `Allowed
List' is automatically updated to ensure that they
won't have to confirm future messages to the same
recipient. At any point, a user can view the contents
of his `Retained Folder' and optionally choose to
move it to the Inbox without sender's confirmation.
Additionally, the `Retained Folder' can be set to
delete messages over 10 days old to economise on your
This methodology has the advantage of being very selective
about what it allows in, while at the same time permitting
legitimate, but previously unknown senders to reach
InterpoleMail's functionality is based upon the following
assumptions about the current Internet infrastructure:
- You cannot keep your email address secret from spammers.
- Content-based filters can't distinguish spam from
legitimate mail with sufficient accuracy.
To maintain economies of scale, bulk-mailing is generally:
- An impersonal process where the recipient is not
- A one-way communication channel (from spammer to
- Spam will not cease until it becomes prohibitively
expensive for spammers to operate.
How InterpoleMail Works?
A user of our service does not need to install any
software on his local PC. When someone sends the user
an email, the InterpoleMail server checks to see whether
the user knows the sender, by referring to the `Allowed
If the user knows the sender, it allows the message
to pass through to the Inbox.
If not, the server puts the message in the `Pending
Folder' and replies the sender requesting a reply
confirmation that they are "real".
If they confirm they are "real" the message is returned
to delivered to the user's Inbox to read & reply.
If they don't reply, the user can be 99% certain they
were SPAMMING him. After a set period, the program
will delete all the SPAMS without the user ever having
to do anything.
The InterpoleMail Advantage
- End to Spam from Day One
- Minimal Change in System Setup
- Spam blocking at Server level, rather than the Desktop
- Maintenance Free
- Easy Access to `Pending E-mails
- Flexible User-based / Domain-based Subscription
Once a user subscribes to the InterpoleMail Service,
we proceed towards moving the user to the Interpole
Mail System (IMS). The Interpole technical team will
evaluate your current mail setup and user accounts.
They will setup an identical set of users on the IMS.
Once having configured the Users of your domain on
the IMS, our team will accept a list of e-mail addresses
to be treated as legitimate addresses corresponding
to every user mailbox. This will prevent even the
one-time mail confirmation request reaching your regular
e-mail correspondents, and instead deliver their mail
directly to the Inbox.
After the completion of the initial setup, the domain
record will have to be modified in order to transfer
the Mail Exchanger records to the IMS. After the DNS
propagation, the IMS will begin processing the Incoming
Mails of all the users in the domain. The users can
setup their Mail Clients to download mails from the
IMS, or optionally view the mails through the feature-rich
Web Mail Client of IMS. The user at any time can login
to the Web Mail to view any messages held back in
the `Retained Folder' by IMS. A control panel will
also be provided to the User to view his `Allowed
Senders' list, and to add/delete names from the list.
The Special Addresses feature provides you with custom
made email addresses that fit a particular need, for
instance you can have the need to provide a temporary
email address for use in a E-commerce site or to talk
with some one but only for a pre-defined time span.
For this you would use the Dated type of the special
If the need is to allow some one to bypass the Anti-Spam
protection allowing him/her to email you without the
need for any type of confirmation then use the valid-sender
option, such that only that user can write to you
on the custom created email id.
Lastly if you wish to subscribe to a mailing list
and do not want to use your normal email address in
order to protect it from an email addresses harvester,
then use a keyword base email address this will not
expire until revoked.
If you need to disable to Spam Protection mechanism
for your email address temporarily, you can simply
temporarily suspend protection till you enable it
once again from the control panel. During this period,
your email account will operate without any Anti-spam
Any message received by the IPMail system, and is
yet awaiting confirmation from the sender will be
available for the user to examine. The user may further
optionally transfer the mail to his Inbox and add
the sender to the `Allowed List', even without receiving
confirmation from the sender.
Additionally, the user may also have a pending report
summary mailed out to him at a click from the Control
Allowed List / Black List
This option allows provides an editor to directly
work on the Allowed List and Black Lists. Adventurous
users may also apply advanced filtering rules by referring
to the technical documentation
Frequently Asked Questions
on Interpole Spam Free Mail Solution
How does IPMail know which messages are SPAM ?
Basically it is very simple. 99.999% of SPAM is sent
by people you do not know. When you subscribe to IPMAIL,
it will check your `Allowed List' to see which contacts
you know, and remember who they are. Any messages
from persons who you do not know or who have not been
approved by you are replied to automatically and stored
safely in a special folder. The reply asks the sender
to confirm they are a "real" person. SPAMMERS don't
reply, and automatic programs can't. So only replies
from real people will release mail from the SAVE folder
to your INBOX.
Can't spammers just setup an auto-responder to
In theory yes, but in practice this is not likely
to happen. Most SPAM is not reply-able, so IPMAIL's
confirmation requests are never delivered to them.
They use non-valid return addresses as to not incur
the cost of the tremendous number of bounces they
generate. Using a valid return address to process
all the bounces looking for confirmation messages
to auto-reply to would defeat their economies of scale.
It would also make them easy to block, track down
and report, sue, etc.
Won't senders get perturbed about having to confirm
A common misconception about systems based on whitelisting
with challenges is that few of us are so irresistible
that people will jump through extra hoops to talk
to us. In actual practice, we've not found this to
be the case at all. If someone took the time to craft
and then send you a message, they will most likely
take a few extra seconds to reply to a one-time confirmation
Once upon a time, people said the same thing about
authenticating a mailing list subscription; something
we now take for granted. IPMAIL's confirmation mechanism
is really no different.
In any case, IPMAIL provides several different ways
to monitor who sent you mail, who didn't reply to
their confirmation request, etc (see next question).
How can I know when someone didn't confirm his
or her message?
Although rare, there may be cases when someone can't
(or won't) reply to your confirmation request, and
you don't want to lose that message. IPMAIL provides
several ways around this dilemma.
IPMAIL includes a "Pending Folder" browser that lets
you manipulate your unconfirmed messages in different
ways. Print summaries, view/delete/release/show/blacklist/whitelist,
etc. You can even have a copy of each unconfirmed
message forwarded to another address. Also, legitimate
senders are faced with a IPMAIL confirmation request
less than you might think. A well-constructed initial
`Allowed List' will encompass the vast majority of
Can I ever lose important messages?
Any messages from persons who are not approved will
be safely stored in the `Retained folder'. They are
not removed unless:
You have selected AUTO remove after a set period.
(Default 10 days).
You move them manually to the INBOX.
Which E-mail Clients are supported for IPMAIL?
IPMAIL is a system driver from the server-end. This
means there is no special setup required on the PC
that you use to access or download your mails. Hence
any mail client can be used to work along with this
How do I add to the list of protected mail accounts?
The user can login to a web-based control panel, which
will enable him to view the existing list of `Allowed
Senders'; and permit him/her to add or delete addresses
from the list.
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Terms & Conditions
Service costing is per domain. IPMail Service package
cannot be shared among multiple domains or aliases.
Service costing is specifically for Anti-Spam Solution
only. Other resources such as mail hosting, DNS,
mail space, POP Service, etc. are separate and have
to be obtained from Interpole separately.
Solutions cannot be held responsible for any loss
of mail due to the filtering techniques adopted
by the software, or flaws if any in the software.
Fees are not refundable or transferable to another
IPMail Domain Account.
charges includes free upgrades to IPMail software
during the contract period.
For Sales queries, please contact
email@example.com or an IPMail reseller below :
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Mumbai - 400 089
Tel. 91-22-522 2505, 524 4874