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SmarterTools officially released the latest release of the best alternate Exchange mail server – SmarterMail today. If you are holding an active upgrade protection for your SmarterMail, you will be able to upgrade to this major release without any cost.

If your existing SmarterMail upgrade protection has expired, you can renew your SmarterMail upgrade protection with us at 10% discount. We also offer quantity discount if you would like to renew more than 1 of your SmarterMail upgrade protection. Just contact us at for more the details. On top of 10%, you will also receive FREE SSL certificate (which you can use to secure your webmail access) and Free Service Monitoring.

Let’s see what are some of the core features introduced in the latest version.

New Password Requirements and Detection Capabilities

Keeping a mail server secure can be a difficult task as it is. Add non-technical users on top of that, and it’s no wonder why mailboxes can so often be broken into. Mail administrators can have peace of mind in knowing that SmarterMail 13.x offers additional settings and features to help keep users from abusing their email privileges, not to mention keep mailboxes, and entire mail servers, secured. These new features include:

  • The ability to set password expirations so users must regularly update passwords.
  • The ability to disable outgoing SMTP on accounts that violate password requirements.
  • An auto-grace period to give users time to update passwords before their outgoing SMTP is disabled.
  • User notifications sent on configurable time intervals to alert users to update their account passwords.

Abuse Detection Rule Additions

With SmarterMail’s abuse detection rules, mail administrators have tools at their disposal that will alert them to potential issues before they become actual problems. SmarterMail 13.x includes a new rule that will block or quarantine messages from a sender, as well as alert an administrator, when too many bounce messages occur within a specified timeframe. In addition, the Internal Spammer rule now includes the ability to block or quarantine messages from the sender as well.

Along with these changes, system administrators can use preset abuse detection settings based on whether they’d like relaxed or strict security. These presets cover settings for DoS, SMTP brute force, email harvesting and more. Mail administrators can choose a preset during the initial setup or upgrade wizard or at any time on the abuse detection page.

Blacklisting Improvements

In previous versions of SmarterMail, when system administrators blacklisted an IP address, they’d then have to restart the SmarterMail service in order to drop those existing connections. Understanding that this causes unnecessary downtime for users, improvements have been made to the way blacklisting functions in SmarterMail 13.x. Now, when an IP address is blacklisted, SmarterMail automatically drops existing connections in POP, IMAP, and SMTP, which means less work for mail administrators and increased uptime for users.

Restore User Data Without Stopping the SmarterMail Service

SmarterMail 13.x makes it easy to restore user data directly within the Web interface, without needing to restart the SmarterMail service. If a user mistakenly deletes messages or an entire email folder, or if the user’s mailbox becomes corrupted, mail administrators now simply need to have the backup files in the place and select what they’d like to restore from within the Web interface.

Prevent Incoming Spam with Secure Aliases

Email aliases are great for saving time when sending messages to multiple users that you communicate with often. However, if a spammer gets ahold of your company aliases, it could mean an increase in spam. SmarterMail 13.x adds alias protection by including an option to only allow emails to be sent from addresses that match the alias domain.

A complete list of the feature release for this are listed below :

  • ADDED: A System Administrator can now restore a user, an account’s email folder or the contents of an email folder from within the Web interface without restarting the SmarterMail service.
  • ADDED: Abuse detection rule to alert and optionally block or quarantine outbound mail when an account bounces a specified number of messages in a specified time frame.
  • ADDED: Added an option to do spam and content filtering for IMAP message retrieval.
  • ADDED: An internal only option for aliases that only allows local accounts to send to them.
  • ADDED: Blacklisting an IP address will now automatically close all current IMAP, POP and SMTP sessions from that IP address.
  • ADDED: Content filters now include an option to check if the sender of the message is authenticated.
  • ADDED: File storage now allows you to rename files.
  • ADDED: New API documentation browser.
  • ADDED: Outgoing gateways now have a description field.
  • ADDED: Password requirements now include an option for password expiration.
  • ADDED: Password requirements now include an option to block outgoing SMTP for accounts that violate the requirements and do not change their password within a specified grace period.
  • ADDED: Password requirements now include an option to prevent commonly used passwords.
  • ADDED: SASL authentication for XMPP.
  • ADDED: The Abuse Detection page now has a Wizard button with security presets.
  • ADDED: The Current Connections page’s grid is now sortable.
  • ADDED: The Current IDS Blocks page’s grid is now sortable.
  • ADDED: The Global Address List now supports multiple email fields.
  • ADDED: The Internal Spammer Notification (renamed to “Internal Spammer”) now optionally allows blocking or quarantining of messages when the rule is violated.
  • ADDED: The number of URL’s in a message that is blacklisted by a URIBL is now logged in the SMTP and delivery logs.
  • ADDED: The Password Policy Compliance grid can now be exported to a CSV file.
  • ADDED: The Protocol Settings page’s SMTP Out tab now includes an option for the maximum number of messages that can be sent in a single SMTP session.
  • ADDED: The URIBL spam check now supports a Max Weight field to limit how much weight a single URIBL check can add to the message.
  • ADDED: When Cyren AV or ClamAV finds a virus, it is now logged to the delivery log.
  • CHANGED: Email migrations from Gmail accounts now skip the internal “All Messages” folder to avoid downloading messages twice.
  • CHANGED: The Internal Spammer abuse detection rule now triggers based on total messages sent from an account in a specified time frame, where previously it required messages to be of the same size.
  • CHANGED: The language drop down on the webmail login page now includes each language translated to that language.
  • CHANGED: The LDAP string on the Import LDAP Users page will now remember its value from the last successful query.
  • FIXED: A content filter with an action to copy or reroute the message to a blank address will no longer generate a bounce message.
  • FIXED: Pressing the Return/Enter key in the Email Address text box when adding a new alias now correctly moves to the next line when using Internet Explorer 11.
  • FIXED: The AddUser2 function of the svcDomainAdmin web service now automatically sets the new users’ fields to the default user settings for the domain.
  • FIXED: The date fields are disabled when viewing a calendar event in webmail that has read-only access.
  • FIXED: The date picker will no longer switch from 24-hour time to AM/PM after saving a calendar event.
  • FIXED: The New button and context menu no longer display when viewing a calendar in webmail with read-only access.
  • FIXED: Using the mobile interface to download an attachment that includes an ampersand in the name will no longer cut off the name at the ampersand.
  • FIXED: Viewing a calendar in the mobile interface now correctly displays the last day of the month.
  • FIXED: When a user shares a folder from their inbox and the attaching user accesses it via IMAP, the folder will now function correctly.


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