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Halon awarded with VBspam

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 02 Mar 2011 — Virus Bulletin has since 2009 given out the prestigious VBSpam Verified award, in order to help customers choose anti-spam solutions which actually keeps their promised false-positive and spam catch rates. In the latest test Halon delivered as promised with ease.

After years of experience on the field; testing tools for spam and malware protection, Virus Bulletin started in early 2009, focusing on testing various vendors in the anti-spam segment. VBSpam tests products by sending vast amounts of real-time spam simultaneous to all participants, to simulate a fair real-world scenario, so customer knows what to expect.

Halon participated for the first time in a VBSpam test, this month of March 2011. Halon achieved a top placement and was awarded with the “VBSpam Verified” award, which was the result of a catch rate of 99,71 % without a single false positive.

 — We are very proud, and pleased to see that our product outperforms larger competitors on the market, says Peter Falck, CEO, Halon Security.

Halon protects and secures both inbound and outbound communication and is being used in business ranging from very small to large and hosting/carrier-class corporations. Halon supports next-generation Internet and mail security technologies such as IPv6, DNSSEC and DKIM, which makes your IT investments long-term future-proof. It runs on many virtualization platforms and on bare-metal.

Halon 2.2.2.2 released with DNSSEC root trust

Today, on the 2nd of September we release 2.2.2.2. Neat, right?

Among the new features you’ll find the DNSSEC trusting the newly signed root anchor, administration user interface improvements and the usual stability and performance enhancements.

Now why would you care? Well, this could be your first step into the next generation of e-mail security. Why not start DKIM tagging when you’re at it?

There are small, yet useful features are well. Let’s say you want to implement a reporting rate control in your outgoing recipient flow, so that users or servers doesn’t send outgoing spam. In this example, we do this per-username ($saslusername, a pre-defined variable in the recipient flow) limiting the number of e-mail to 100 every hour, while sending at most one warning e-mail to the administrator about this every day and per user.

function myrate {
  if (rate("outbound", $saslusername, 100, 3600) == false) {
    $msg = "Rate "+$saslusername+" spam outbreak";
    if (rate("outbound-report", $saslusername, 1, 86400) == true) {
      mail("[email protected]", "[email protected]", "Rate", $msg);
    }
    Defer($msg);
  }
}

and then using it in code like

if ($saslauthed) {
  myrate();
  Accept();
}

Take care folks!

Halon becomes VMware partner and VMware Ready

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 25 Aug 2010 — Halon Security, is proud to announce its addition to the VMware partner family.

Halon is a complete package for clean incoming and outgoing email between email servers from spam, viruses, malware and other threats. Halon runs as a virtual machine in virtualization solutions such as the VMware virtualization family. Since it utilizes system resources that are already in place, no additional hardware needs to be purchased and powered on, which enables any IT department to lower its environmental footprint and save money at the same time. It doesn’t get any greener than that.

— We are incredibly proud to have VMware put the spotlight on us, a small company from Gothenburg in Sweden. The VSP has done extremely well here in Europe and we hope that the addition in the VMware Marketplace will help more customers around the world find us and this incredible product, says Peter Falck, founder and CEO at Halon Security.

The VMware Marketplace features the VMware partners and their products. A total of approximately 1400 products are on display on the web site and out of these only 29 have been given the VMware Ready certification, of which Halon Security are one.

Halon attending PTS IPv6 seminar

Today we participated in a panel discussion about IPv6 deployment arranged by the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency (PTS). See the full video below (sorry, Swedish only).

First in line with DKIM and DNSSEC

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, 26 Apr 2010 — Halon Security’s popular e-mail gateway is now being upgraded to a completely new version. New features include support for DKIM, DNSSEC, better performance and lower hardware requirements, which together make the perfect solution for web hosting and Internet service providers.

Halon Security’s solution for email protection is constantly developing in order to give its users support for modern standards and exciting new features. In version 2.2 there are plenty of new features.

Version 2.2 has by a substantial work of Halon developers in Gothenburg almost got into a “turbo mode” by significantly lower hardware requirements and properly optimized code.

Our developers never rest when it comes to making our products more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It is a job that will benefit both our customers and our environment, says Peter Falck, CEO of Halon Security.

It has also support for a number of interesting standards. It can now handle domain name that is cryptographically signed as DNSSEC. Another major new feature is support for DomainKeys Identified Mail, or DKIM, which allows a company or organization to take responsibility for an email, and ensure that the sender is legitimate by cryptographic keys that signs each e-mail message.

Both of these standards contributes to less spam and more efficient use of bandwidth on the Internet. These are functions that ISPs and web hosting are increasingly seeking to be able safeguard their customers’ e-mail.

Halon has long been one of the world’s best products when it comes to stopping spam. Now we are also one of the world’s best products in terms of allowing companies to use their e-mail environment more efficiently and safely, says Peter Falck, CEO of Halon Security