Ian Bugeja, Product Manager for GFI MailEssentials

Ian Bugeja, Product Manager for GFI MailEssentials

For more than 16 years, GFI MailEssentials has been protecting email servers in businesses around the world. Email is a major communication tool and, inevitably, it is also the target of malware distributors and spammers. Just as email usage continues to evolve, so does GFI MailEssentials; and our development teams have been busy beefing up the product with new features to keep spam and malware at bay, and give our customers peace of mind that they are well-protected.

We are pleased to announce today the release of GFI MailEssentials 2014 R2. We spoke to Ian Bugeja, product manager for GFI MailEssentials, for a rundown on the latest features and improvements.

Q: What’s the big news with R2?

In the latest version of GFI MailEssentials we have added a new antivirus engine from Avira. Avira is an award-winning AV vendor from Germany and this engine will boost detection rates and consolidate our multi-engine malware protection offering.

Email is a major malware distribution channel, and having multiple AV engines checking email before it reaches the end-user greatly reduces the risk of infection because you are not depending on one but up to five engines to clean email. Avira is a very fast, accurate and efficient antivirus engine and it has been awarded numerous awards, including the VB100 and AV-Test.org.

GFI MailEssentials now ships with VIPRE and Bitdefender as default and Avira, Kaspersky and McAfee as optional virus scanning engines.

Q: What is the new language detection anti-spam filter?

GFI MailEssentials already had language detection based on character sets as part of the header checking module. Header checking detects the character sets found within the email headers and tries to deduce the language, however with the evolution of UTF 8, such detection rates are quite obsolete. With the new language detection anti-spam filter, GFI MailEssentials analyzes the actual text content of the email and automatically detects the language.  This will enable admins to filter even more spam that is written in languages they do not understand.

Q: Are there any other changes to the product?

With every release, we continue to make the product more robust and scalable. In R2, we have done some core engineering and we replaced the built-in reporting database with Firebird for greater reliability.

In the near future, we will announce a neat solution to help our larger customers handle numerous GFI MailEssentials installs from one console – making the life of an IT admin a little bit easier.

Are you a GFI customer? Upgrade GFI MailEssentials today to benefit from the latest features via our customer area. If you’re new to GFI MailEssentials and email security, take the product on a free 30-day trial and see what you have been missing.