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KPN chooses Halon for email infrastructure and security

Telecommunications company KPN, the largest provider of internet access services in the Netherlands, has agreed on implementing Halons email infrastructure and security software.

As the largest ISP in the Netherlands, we believe in connecting people and enabling them to communicate with the world around. Because of that we provide full functional, secure email as a part of our portfolio. But a constantly changing internet environment and attacks becoming more and more sophisticated, managing such an email platform can become quite a hassle. We are always looking for improvements in functionality, flexibility and performance 

says Martijn Thie, architect at KPN.

In Halon we have found a great partner for that. They are not just delivering their software, but they’re really keen on working together and learning from our situation. Even before we could enable Halon for our email products, additional functionality was added to make it an even better fit with our environment. Halon is the most flexible, sophisticated and easy-to-manage SMTP server out there.

he adds.

We are proud and glad to welcome KPN as a Halon customer. Our priority is to help them improve their email service.

says Peter Falck, CEO and co-founder of Halon.

Email Security Roundtable in Zürich, Switzerland

To email hosting and service providers in or around Switzerland, we kindly invite you to join an intimate group of Cloud and Telco VIPs for an exclusive Email Security Roundtable to introduce you to the Trusted Email Services (TES) initiative on Thursday, September 21, 2017, hosted by Open-Xchange.

TES was launched as an industry e ort to raise awareness around email security threats and promote the deployment of innovative technologies to address them, including encryption and DNS-based mechanisms such as DNSSEC, DANE and DNS filtering. The discussion will deliver an insight into how internet service providers and software companies adopting TES guidelines and best practices can secure and qualify their services, comply with recent legal requirements (GDPR) and establish enduring customer relationships.

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!

WHD USA – September 11-12, Las Vegas, USA

We are still on a high from all the fun at WHD Global, but let’s look ahead. You will find Halon in booth 26, with Karim, Peter and Nina ready to give you any information you need.

cPanel Conference – September 26-27, Fort Lauderdale, USA

Many of halons customers also use cPanel, so it’s a no-brainer that we need to attend this event, celebrating 20 years of the cPanel software! Peter and Karim will walk the floor and take meetings.

OX Summit, October 12-13, Bruxelles, Belgium

We return again as a sponsor to this ever-so-rewarding event with Open-Xchange. Join the OX ecosystem in Europe’s capital for a ‘Summit like No Other’. Peter, Ohannes and Myria will wear their Halon shirts!

Nordic Domain Days, 20-21 November, Stockholm, Sweden

This new event is a part of Internet Days, and Halon will be a sponsor. Be sure to check out this domain industry event for the nordic countries as it carries a strong focus on networking between parties with interest in the region.

TES roundtable discussions

There have been several successful meeting arranged by the Trusted Email Services initiative, where Halon take part, and there is more in store! This event calendar will be updated soon, and if you are a hosting or service provider looking to attend, let us know and we will find your nearest

Serial entrepreneur David Chartier becomes advisor for Halon

American serial entrepreneur David Chartier has agreed to become an advisor for Halon. David has been working in the cyber security space since 1996 and started his first company Infostream in Oslo, Norway. It was then listed on the Oslo stock exchange and later sold to French company Integra.  After that, he ran and built up a number of successful companies that were sold. Most recently he was the CEO of Codenomicon, a Finnish cyber security company which was sold to Synopsys.

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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.

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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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!