Irish company tackles spam surge

26 Jul 2007

50pc of emails received in Ireland are classed as spam according to IE Internet’s Annual Security Review in 2006, with an estimated 15pc of all emails sent infected with a virus.

Ballymount-based firm Top Security has launched a free email service here in Ireland which it hopes will tackle the spam, phishing and virus related issues effecting the every day user of email, aimed at both home and business users.

Topmail is a web-based email service but can be integrated into Outlook, Outlook Express and other email clients.

Three levels of both anti-spam and anti-virus filtering run in the background while the service updates every seven minutes to keep up with newly evolving email threats.

“It offers a means of communicating securely via email without the worry of spam and viruses or receiving offensive and sometimes disturbing content: material that can often disable, if not destroy, a person’s PC or laptop in one simple click,” said Emmet Rafferty, founder and group chairman of Top Security.

“For the home and small office-home office user, this can lead to serious headaches given that they often don’t have the IT skills to prevent or fix these problems.”

O’Rafferty said that there is a multimillion infrastructure in place with round-the-clock security support to make sure Topmail is “one the most secure web based email services in the world today”.

By Marie Boran