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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
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!
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!
Phising

Why everybody should use DMARC to prevent phishing

Email is a major source of phishing and malware attacks. The Locky ransomware solely contributed to a 412% increase of malware emails in March compared to February, according to CYREN's May 2016 cyberthreat report. While I believe that awareness and training is the most universally effective counter-measure, even that is really difficult, according to this recent study. We probably need a combination of training and technological advancements. One of the latter has to do with email authenticity. Can you trust an email's sender adress? Generally no, but you can with DMARC.

Traveling from Ace to Monaco (editor)

Microsoft revealed a project called "Monaco" in November 2013 as a part of the online version of Visual Studio. A few years later, the open source Visual Studio Code editor was released, which also used it as foundation. Finally, in June 2016, Microsoft released a standalone version of the Monaco Editor on GitHub.

Using reCAPTCHA to handle spam misclassification

Today's leading spam filter technologies offer a very high degree of accuracy. In this blog I'll describe the current state of spam classification, and propose a pretty innovative method that can significantly improve both senders' and recipients' satisfaction (as well as reducing the burden on administrators and support staff) by enabling senders to report false positives if they pass a CAPTCHA test. Let's start by familiarising ourselves with the history of anti-spam.

What's new in Halon 3.5 "sunny"


Spring is here, and so is the 3.5 release (codename sunny) of the Halon SMTP software! It includes major features such as an IDE-style script editor and object orientation, is based on FreeBSD 10.3 and comes with the latest quarterly packages. In other words, this release marks another milestone for Halon's developer friendliness.

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What Gmail's new TLS icon really means

Google's recent announcement that they'll be adding encryption (TLS) and authentication (DKIM/DMARC) status icons to Gmail is a great initiative.

What they do


In addition to being displayed for received email, the encryption indicator works when composing email as well. It's however

What is DANE?

DANE does not only challenge the certificate authority (CA) system, but also has the potential to revolutionize email security; namely making encrypted email delivery the norm. Halon Security’s mission is to bring DANE to the world of email and to help maintain data privacy and security on a
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More elegant Halon scripting with lambda abstraction


At the center of the Halon SMTP platform is our domain-specific scripting language. As our users are well aware, the syntax is

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