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XTRA Launches Anti-Spam Filter

XTRA Launches Anti-Spam Filter

>From today, more than 500,000 New Zealanders will be protected from spam at no additional cost thanks to the launch of Xtra’s new anti-spam filter. The filter is powered by the latest version of Brightmail, one of the world’s leading anti-spam providers.

Xtra’s anti-spam filter joins its anti-virus filter in helping to protect customers from email nasties. Xtra’s anti-virus email filter has stopped more than 27 million instances of viruses from entering its customers’ inboxes since July 2002.

Xtra customers have a choice of three options to allow them to manage spam. They can:- • Do nothing, which means that spam is marked up in the subject line as follows: – [SPAM]. • Send spam emails directly into a Spam folder, which, if they are using XtraMail, is automatically set up on their Web mail interface. • Delete spam automatically, which means it never enters their inbox.

Xtra customers will also be able to report email they believe is spam and send the suspected spam through to Brightmail for possible inclusion as a spam signature.

Chris Thompson, Telecom’s Head of Internet and Online Marketing said that since Xtra announced its intention in September to launch an anti-spam filter, positive customer feedback had been enormous.

“The type of feedback we’ve had from customers indicates that email users are frustrated with the amount of spam they’re receiving,” he said. “We’ve put a lot of effort into ensuring the anti-spam filter we offer customers is world class, and we’re really pleased that all our customers now have the tools to manage spam.”

“Not only will Xtra’s anti-spam filter save customers time and money – less time spent reading uninvited and unwanted email – it will also help prevent these emails being read or viewed by children.”

“Xtra customers can feel safe that their inboxes are protected by the latest anti-spam protection from a world-leading provider,” he added.

Customers wanting to find out more about Xtra’s anti-spam filter can go to

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