Earlier this year, we introduced several new security and convenience features for MDaemon, including contact synchronization via CardDAV, two-factor authentication in WorldClient, spambot detection, and an ActiveSync migration client for migrating from any mail platform that supports ActiveSync protocol version 14.1. If you’re running an older version of MDaemon and would like to see what you may be missing, check out our MDaemon Features by Version page for all features by release version.
For MDaemon 16.5, we continue the trend of packing in new features for both administrators and end users.
Administrators will Benefit From these New Features:
Centralized Management of Outlook Users
Outlook Connector allows Outlook users to share their email, calendars, contacts, tasks and notes. In previous versions of MDaemon and Outlook Connector, users would configure all settings on the Outlook Connector client, including host names, SSL and port settings, and other preferences. Beginning with MDaemon 16.5 and Outlook Connector 4.0 (also released today), these settings can now be stored centrally in MDaemon and pushed out to clients. When a new Outlook Connector profile is created, only the username and password are needed. All other settings are retrieved from MDaemon with the click of a button.
Unique Public Key Management for Encryption Security Control
OpenPGP uses public/private key pairs to encrypt and decrypt messages. If I want to send you an encrypted message, I would need to obtain your public key, which is used to encrypt the message, and you would decrypt it with your private key. WorldClient, MDaemon’s webmail client, can now be used as a basic public key server for exchanging public encryption keys. This allows WorldClient to honor requests for your users’ public keys using a specially formatted URL. Additionally, MDaemon’s OpenPGP feature now supports collection of public keys over DNS. This helps to automate the process of exchanging encryption keys.
Automatic Product Updates
It’s easier to ensure that you’re running the latest version of MDaemon, Outlook Connector, and SecurityPlus with the new Automatic Updates feature. Updates can be automatically downloaded and installed at a designated time.
For end users, we’ve added these new features:
Easily Identify Trusted Email & Confirm Message Authenticity to Prevent Spearphishing
MDaemon’s OpenPGP features can now verify embedded signatures found within messages. This helps the recipient ensure that the message is authentic. WorldClient will display an icon or text label for verified messages. WorldClient will also display labels for messages with valid DKIM signatures, messages decrypted by OpenPGP, and messages signed with an OpenPGP key.
WorldClient Categories for Easier Inbox Management
When using the LookOut and WorldClient themes, WorldClient has new category selections for easy sorting and identification of email messages. Messages can be sorted by category, and multiple categories can be assigned to a message. Authorized users can also create their own custom categories in addition to using the built-in categories.
Connect with most IM Clients
MDaemon 16.5 includes two separate chat systems. In addition to WorldClient Instant Messenger, users can now chat with each other using their favorite third-party chat (XMPP) client. With the addition of this feature, users now have the flexibility to chat from any device with a compatible XMPP client, including mobile devices.
There are many XMPP clients to choose from, including Trillian (Windows), Adium (Mac OSX), and Mozilla Thunderbird (Linux, OSX, Windows). A list of XMPP clients can be found here: http://xmpp.org/software/clients.htm.
Features may vary depending on which XMPP client is used. WorldClient Instant Messenger’s features can be found here:
Other improvements include:
Additional SMTP authentication settings
The SMTP Authentication screen has a new option which, when enabled, will require all incoming messages from local IP addresses to use SMTP authentication. When this setting is enabled, if a message that is not authenticated arrives from a local IP address, it will be rejected. We recommend enabling this setting for added security.
Modification of “From” header as additional protection from spoofing
Sometimes users are fooled into thinking an email comes from one person when it is actually from an attacker. This happens because email clients often display only the sender’s name and not his email address. This new option defeats such an attack by altering the From: header value. If enabled, when a message arrives for a local user, its From: header is modified. For example: From: “Spartacus” <firstname.lastname@example.org> would become From: “email@example.com — Spartacus” <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
WorldClient can check for attachments if they are mentioned in the subject/body.
When an attachment is mentioned in the subject or body of a message, yet no file is attached, WorldClient can be configured to remind the sender of a possibly missing attachment when clicking the Send button.
These are just the major new features for MDaemon 16.5. For a complete list of all new features & enhancements, view the MDaemon release notes. Or if you’re ready to try MDaemon for free, click here to download your free trial!