Email, tech and security blog

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Beware of ransomware, read the cyberthreat report

Cyberthreats are real, with ransomware Petya being the latest example, following WannaCry and Locky. Take some time to read this high-quality report made by security technology company Cyren, courtesy of Halon.

Download Cyren Cyberthreat Report (pdf)
Tradeshow

Upcoming events: WHD USA, cPanel Conference and more

The summer is here and business go into a slower mode. But that also meads plenty of time to prepare for what we have planned for this fall. As always, there are a ton of events, and we have picked some favourites where you'll definitely meet us. If you want to schedule a meeting, just let us know and we'll get back to you!



Blue fire

Job opening: Front-end web developer

‘It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.’


 

Our software, our Precious, needs one more master to care for its well-being. We invite a front-end web developer to be swept off into the wonderful world of Halon and care for all our digital interfaces. That includes the Halon software, web services and halon.io website. Your work will be according to the current brand guidelines, which you of course also will help to improve. Nothing is set in stone, and remember, even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

Sales Manager

Job Opening: Sales Manager

Work it / Make it / Do it / Make us /
Harder / Better / Faster / Stronger



We need you right now.


You are someone really special. You speak fluent sales talk, but tech is your second language. B2B is your family and Europe your home turf. Sounds like someone you know? Then by all means, continue.








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Halon 4.1 “teamy" with scripting modules

We shipped the 4.1 "teamy" release, and we're happy to see that the majority of our users have already updated. The 4.0 release brought several major changes, and 4.1 includes many improvements to it. The web administration in general, and the script editor in particular, have received lots of attention. The new live staging functionality that was
Puzzle pieces

Halon and Spamhaus in email security partnership

We are excited to announce that Halon now provides official integration with Spamhaus Technology anti-spam & threat data feeds (IP & domain blocklists). Both companies worked together to ensure that this new functionality would be simple to deploy while also scaling all the way from smaller systems to large ISP’s with millions of users and complex email flows.

Telco Cloud Forum Panel

Anders Berggren in panel discussion at Telco Cloud Forum 2017

Halon are attending Telco Cloud Forum in London on April 25-26. Our CTO Anders Berggren will participate in the interactive panel on the 26th at noon. Other panelists include Alex Hilton, Chief Executive at Cloud Industry Forum (CIF), Tyler Murphy, Director of Managed Services & OEM at Proofpoint and Neil Cook, Chief Security Architect at Open-Xchange.
magicians hands

How I fooled Microsofts Safe Link technology in 5 minutes

The Safe Link technology was recently launched by Microsoft through Office 365. The goal of this technology is to rewrite all URL's in email to a URL classification service, so at the time of user-clicks it's possible to reclassify a URL. This method is preferred as spammers more often replace the phishing URL's site content after a message is being scanned, hence there is a need of reclassification later. Safe link is Microsoft's "best-effort" to do so.


Pink chair for advisor

Email tech guru Mark Weiler becomes advisor for Halon

Halon is thrilled to announce the addition of Mark Weiler, currently SVP of Engineering at Rubicon Project, to the Halon Advisory board. Mark has 25+ years of technology and leadership experience, including a depth of Email systems experience as Mark was on the core team developing the first 4 versions of Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft’s Email messaging and collaboration platform, and the MAPI (Messaging API) protocol in the 1990’s. Since 2001, Mark has held executive leadership positions at various Silicon Valley startups, and for the past 2 years has served as SVP Engineering at Rubicon Project, the largest independent Advertising Exchange in the world.

New features for the end-user interface

Have you checked out our open-source end-user interface on GitHub? It can be used either as it is, modified to fit your needs, or only as an inspiration for your own code. Since last time we posted about it, we have updated it with a bunch of goodies, have a look and feel free to give us some feedback if you decide to try it.

Forty

Live staging and SMTPUTF8 coming up in Halon 4.0

Halon 4.0 a.k.a. "forty" is around the corner, and it has a strong focus on developer friendliness and deployment. Let's take a peek on what's about to happen!
Jonas Falck

Introducing Jonas Falck - Halons handy nerd co-founder

I want to work for myself, as egoistic as it may sound, I want to be a creator.

Jonas Falck eat, sleep and breath Halon. As a co-founder, product developer and evangelist, he is essential to the team. But he is also the acting enfant terrible of the group, the one with the most unread email in his inbox and

Tobias Welander och Tiger-Nadja

2000 dollars to cancer research - Halon wins Ibrahimovic's shirt

Halon was attending IT company Atea’s yearly partner meet-up in Stockholm when the host announced a charity auction. That’s when we became the proud owner of a signed Zlatan Ibrahimovic shirt from Paris Saint-Germain, and the equivalent of 2100 US dollar was donated to the Swedish cancer research fund.

Network Computing Awards Finalist 2017

Halon selected finalist in 2017 Network Computing Awards

Halon has been selected finalist in no less than three categories in the 2017 Network Computing Awards. Voting is now open and you can vote for Halon as "IT Optimisation Product of the Year", "Software Product of the Year" and for the "Return on Investment Award".

Jonas Falck and Anders Berggren at Old Trafford in Manchester

TES meeting on email security at Old Trafford in Manchester

Email security was the topic of discussion at another Open-Xchange sponsored TES event held last Thursday in the fantastic setting of Old Trafford Stadium, the home of Manchester United. BT, TalkTalk and Plusnet, three of the largest ISPs in the UK, had delegates in attendance along with Halon and Cloudmark. This intimate group discussed the challenges facing email security as it stands today and how they could collaborate going forward to improve the state of affairs.

Lioness hunting

Karim Parto is the new CCO of Halon

Meet our brand new Halon Chief Commercial Officer! We could not have wished for a better Christmas present than Karim Parto. Starting now, he will be in charge of sales and probably be the face you meet at all the upcoming industry events.

NamesCon January 22-25

Game on at NamesCon

January 22nd is getting closer, and so is the 4th annual edition of NamesCon! Peter and Karim are looking forward to seeing you there.
Top 10 on email security in 2016

Top 10 reads on email security 2016

It's been an exciting year in email security and infrastructure, and the Halon team has tried to cover some of the interesting stuff we've come across. In case you missed any of it, these are our top posts on email, security, tech and encryption. If  you have questions around any of it, just shoot us an email!
Santa holding a red letter

This year, wish lists will be sent to Santa via email

Ever got an email from Santa Claus? Me neither, but in this day and age I’m assuming it’s just a matter of time. And when I do, I want to see his face in the ”From”-field. Yes, I said face, not name.

City traffic

DuoCircle reduced time to manage the network by 90%

DuoCircle is an entity that was established for the migration of Dyn’s legacy email receiving products customers to a more powerful and feature rich email handling platform. They were challenged with migrating Dyn’s legacy email infrastructure to provide simpler and easy to use configuration files, reducing hardware hosting costs and ensuring better customer satisfaction.
Servers in server room

How One.com reduced email costs by up to 70%

Anders Saaby, CTO, One.com explains, “Due to One.com’s high growth rate, we needed to upgrade our existing email delivery and security infrastructure to a newer solution that scaled better in terms of performance and maintenance.

One.com typically develop their own software and systems as this enables them to offer truly differentiated services with many unique features, at very competitive prices. This usually rules out many commercial products, as they cannot properly support and integrate into One.com’s sophisticated and highly customized platforms.
Secure email delivered in data tunnel

Why you need to demand high deliverability and security of email

Trends come and go but fashion is always in style. 20 years of emails shows that it is a consistent way of communication, despite a relatively standstill in development. While the world sings their praise for new and sexy messaging services like Slack, gets rid of stationary phones, and transfer customer communication to Facebook chat bots, the B2B world still rely steadily on email. After three days of WebSummit in Lisbon, Portugal, I am even more convinced than before.
Old computers

Let’s start selling software like it’s 2016

Software is developed at a rapid pace. But development in how we sell software seems to be at a standstill since the 1980’s. Why is it that all the power of innovation went towards the product development instead of putting some effort in to developing the business model as well?

I can haz secure email?https://halon.io/wp-admin/edit.php

Halon CTO Anders Berggren at Netnod Autumn meeting 2016, speaking about DANE and secure email.

Hand on keyboard

How to implement DMARC

In one of our previous blogs we explained the importance and value with DMARC. This article will explain how to deploy DMARC with our Halon SMTP software. In addition to implementing this in your Halon, you need to be able to add text records to your domain's DNS server for which you want to protect with DMARC.

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