GFI Software Improves Email Security with GFI MailEssentials v.21

GFI Software has released a new version of GFI MailEssentials – Its award-winning spam filtering solution for small and medium sized businesses. Version 21 of the email security gateway includes several updates that GFI Software claim will improve protection for SMBs, helping to keep their inboxes free from spam and malicious emails.

The main update in the latest version of the email security gateway is the inclusion of two new antivirus engines, provided by Cyren and Sophos. The new antivirus engines improve detection rates of malware and ransomware to ensure fewer malicious messages are delivered to end users. The new antivirus engines are replacements for previously used AV engines. Sophos replaces McAfee, but Cyren is provided as a new, additional engine which is available as an option for customers.

Prior to this release the Avira software engine has been used as a secondary AV engine. This AV engine has now been updated and will become the default AV engine in the platform, replacing VIPRE AV. The decision to update and augment the AV engines at the core of GFI MailEssentials was to ensure the solution provides customers with best-in-class AV protection. Independent tests through Virus Bulletin have confirmed that GFI MailEssentials blocks more than 99% of spam and malicious messages with a zero false positive rate.

While the solution now uses three AV engines instead of two, GFO Software has not changed its pricing structure. All three AV solutions are provided for the same price. Updates have been applied to the firm’s licensing capabilities, which are now all integrated in one location making it easier for customers to manage all of their GFI licenses. License key updates have also been made.

In addition to the AV enhancements, GFI Software has corrected several issues to improve the performance of the product.

The update to the latest version will occur automatically for existing customers with active subscriptions.

Author: Richard Anderson

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