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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. Please stop by if you are attending. And if you want to book a meeting with a Halon representative, please get in touch!

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.

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Introducing Jonas Falck – Halons handy nerd co-founder

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 constantly trying to figure out how to handle his current renovation project at home. But make no mistake, this is a true tech nerd. At the age of six, his father would sit him down to learn binary numbers, laying the foundation for a great interest in computers and programming.

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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.

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Halon 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”. The Award show will take place in London on March 30th.

TES meeting 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. You can read more about the event at the TES website.

The Trusted Email Services project is an open, non-commercial industry effort to raise awareness around current email security threats and promote the deployment of technologies to address them, particularly cryptographic techniques to secure the submission, transport and storage of E-mail messages over the Internet using the DNS root as the trust anchor.

The project specifically targets, as a primary audience, the ISPs, telecom and hosting companies in each country, organizing a series of round-table meetings where product owners and technical experts responsible for E-mail can take part in a meaningful conversation; ideally, these companies are best suited to build the critical mass that would prompt general adoption of any new practice.

The project was initiated in Autumn 2015 by Open-Xchange, the maker of Dovecot, OX App Suite and PowerDNS, with the participation of other E-mail, DNS and security vendors, such as Halon and VadeSecure. However, no product placement or sales pitch is allowed in TES, and meetings only focus on presenting the issues and discussing relevant technologies and best practices. Before discussion is opened to all participants, introductory presentations are offered by technical experts from the supporting organizations and companies (e.g. Jakob Schluyter, one of the authors of DANE TLSA, presented at the Stockholm event).

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.

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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. Read more.

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.

When writing an email in Gmail, my quickly typed 😉 easily transforms into a graphic smiley. Reinforcing my attempt to create a feeling with the reader. If I’m typing on my smartphone I might also include some other emojis like the ❤️. And then I send it to, for example, [email protected]. Until now, when I actually can send it to, or from, 🎅@northpole.com.

The character encoding known as UTF-8 makes it possible to include emojis in email addresses, and all possible characters, such as for example the Swedish å, ä, ö. The latter is certainly more useful than the first, but to any marketer (or jokester) it will most definitely be a fun detail to include when sending someone an email. In the upcoming Halon 4.0 we will include support for SMTPUTF-8 (RFC6531). But what about…

Typing?
Typing an emoji on your smartphone is obviously easy but what if you are on desktop? A Mac-user will press ctrl+cmd+space, but a simple Chrome plugin or even copy/paste from an emoji library website will also do!

Conversion to letters?
Regular email addresses are almost always converted to lower case, to make filtering and routing work. For Halon 4.0 we will convert UTF-8 to upper- and lowercase alternatives. Because there is no guarantee that a next-hop SMTP server will support the SMTPUTF8 extension, use of the SMTPUTF8 extension always carries a risk of transmission failure.

Halon 4.0 will be keeping the team busy during the holidays, until the release, sign up for the newsletter (in the website footer) and make sure you don’t miss the release or any interesting articles on the world of email. And from all of us, to all of you, merry Christmas and a Happy New year!

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.

Headquartered in San Diego, California, DuoCircle provides over 17,000 customers located globally with a next generation software platform with a robust account management and service management interface for high level of control over settings, customer care and a scalable architecture designed for high level messaging and spam filtering.

Read the full DuoCircle customer case here.