In the early to mid nineties, our founder and CEO Arvel Hathcock recognized the need for a less expensive, easier to manage alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server for small-to-medium businesses. With solid programming skills and an entrepreneurial spirit, he created the MDaemon Email Server and launched Alt-N Technologies.
Through word of mouth among IT professionals and with the help of great channel partners, the popularity of MDaemon spread to customers across the globe. Over the years and in various geographies, the product name became more recognized than Alt-N Technologies. To better leverage the name recognition that had been built over the many years of MDaemon email server popularity, the company was renamed to MDaemon Technologies in January of 2018.
Helping the World Communicate
From the introduction of Webmail in 1997 and instant messaging in 2001, to support for third-party XMPP chat clients in 2016, MDaemon has helped improved communication for businesses in over 90 countries.
Focused on Security
Alongside these communication features came enhancements in security. IP Shielding, which is used to help prevent spoofing by blocking messages from unauthorized IP addresses, was introduced in 1996 before MDaemon even had version numbers (for some great historical information, check out the Ancient-History.txt file located inside the MDaemon/Docs directory). Relay control was added the following year, with many new security features added with each new release. In 2005, MDaemon became the first Windows-based email server to offer DKIM (Domainkeys Identified Mail) as a new tool in the fight against spoofing. And to address the growing need to protect confidential data and meet growing regulations in health care, finance, and other industries, email encryption with OpenPGP was added in 2015.
Sharing & Collaboration
MDaemon’s collaboration tools have evolved over the years as well. Instant messaging was added in 2001, followed by shared calendars and groupware in 2002 and 2003. Scheduling meetings with multiple attendees was made easier by the addition of free/busy in 2006.
As business communication needs evolve, so does MDaemon, with new features on the way for 2019. If you’d like to be among the first to benefit, follow us on twitter for the latest news & product updates.
It’s that time again. Our friends at MailStore have released their latest & greatest version of the MailStore archive server – version 11.2, with support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2019, plus continued support for all other email platforms, including MDaemon.
“But do I really NEED an archiving solution?”
In short, YES! With most businesses relying on email to send sensitive information to customers, partners, and suppliers, you need a backup solution for a variety of reasons, including protection against ransomware, accidental deletion, disaster recovery, e-discovery, and compliance to regulations such as HIPAA and GDPR.
While it may be tempting to hold off on upgrading to a new release, keep in mind that the threat landscape is constantly evolving, and security is more important than ever before. Upgrading to the latest version will help you stay protected against the latest threats.
I’ve got some exciting news. Our latest & greatest MDaemon release is now available for download! With MDaemon 18, we introduce new features that benefit administrators and end-users alike. Let’s go over the top new features. You can view a more comprehensive list of all new features and enhancements in the MDaemon release notes.
New Features for Administrators
Single Installer for All Licensed Features
The MDaemon download/install file now includes all former plug-ins which are now “licensed features” of MDaemon that require a separate license key.
When you enable each feature for the first time, a 30-day trial is activated. You can purchase a full license for these features on our website or through your local MDaemon reseller. Purchase options can also be found under the Help menu in MDaemon.
Enhanced Security to Avoid DNS Attacks
DNSSEC is a technology that digitally signs DNS data so that you can be assured that it’s valid. It was created to combat man-in-the-middle attacks that are possible in the DNS system. These types of attacks can lead to users being directed to a hijacker’s own deceptive website in an attempt to collect personal data. To help ensure MDaemon does not become a victim of these attacks, it is now capable of requesting DNSSEC be used when available.
Remote Administration – Set Security Features to their Recommended Settings
If you have adjusted MDaemon’s security settings over time and are unsure of the best settings for optimal security, you can now set each security feature to its recommended setting with a single mouse click in MDaemon Remote Administration.
Antivirus – Mailbox Scanning
When MDaemon Antivirus is enabled, administrators can now configure a schedule to scan all mailboxes. This allows the detection of any infected messages that may have passed through before any new virus definitions were created to detect the latest threats.
ActiveSync – Exempt Known Devices from Location Screening
An option has been added to allow a previously known device to bypass location screening when connecting via MDaemon ActiveSync. Administrators can enable this option to allow users to continue to access their account from locations that are configured to have their authentication attempts blocked. This is useful if you have users who are traveling and need access to their email.
New Features for End Users
Remote Administration & Webmail – Remember Me for Easier Access
MDaemon Webmail and Remote Administration users can enable the Remember Me feature to automatically login without having to enter a username and password. The Remember Me duration can be configured by the administrator for up to 365 days.
Webmail – Simplified Email Encryption
When composing a message, MDaemon Webmail users can use the Advanced Options screen to instruct MDaemon to encrypt the message, retrieve their public key, or retrieve the public key of another user (if available). This greatly simplifies the process of sending secure, encrypted email using MDaemon PGP.
Webmail – Message Snooze
MDaemon Webmail users can snooze emails to temporarily remove them from their inbox until they need them. The user’s email will reappear in the inbox at the configured time, whether it’s tomorrow, next week, or when you get home. Snoozed messages can be displayed at any time using the View Snoozed Messages options.
Webmail – Collaboration & Security for Public Calendars
MDaemon Webmail users can publish a calendar to a publicly accessible URL for easy sharing and collaboration. For added security, these public calendars can be password protected. To publish a calendar, click the Share Folder icon for your calendar under the Options|Folders menu in MDaemon Webmail, enter an optional display name and password under the Public Access tab, and then click on Publish Calendar. Anyone who has the calendar’s URL and optional password can view it in their browser. More information on how to enable this feature globally or on a per-user basis can be found in the MDaemon release notes.
Webmail – Text-to-Speech
When viewing a message in MDaemon Webmail using the WorldClient, LookOut, or Mobile theme, users can click on a button to listen to the message.
Note: This feature is currently only supported in Chrome or Firefox.
Are you running an older version of MDaemon or using a different email platform? Download the latest MDaemon & see what you’ve been missing!
If you’d like to learn more about MDaemon & what’s new with version 18, or if you’re considering changing platforms for a simpler and more cost-effective email solution, here are a few links you may find helpful.
SecurityGateway provides businesses with additional layers of email security for their mail server. Developed with over 20 years of email security expertise, SecurityGateway is loaded with anti-spam, anti-abuse, and anti-malware features, as well as email encryption, data leak prevention, and more. With our latest release, SecurityGateway 5.0, businesses can benefit from the following new features.
Block Traffic from Specific Countries with Location Screening
Location Screening, a feature that was also recently introduced in MDaemon, allows administrators to block email from specific countries. This is useful if you don’t have users in certain regions. By default, all email traffic is blocked, but if you prefer to only block authentication attempts from these regions, you can simply check the box to block these attempts.
Enhanced Compliance Options with Terms of Service Agreement
In order to assist administrators with compliance to laws such as the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU, administrators can now add a terms of service statement which must be accepted by the users each time they login.
Download Message in Readable Format from Within the Logs
When viewing the message logs, administrators can now download a message in EML format by clicking on a link in the log. These EML messages can then be viewed in various email clients.
Our continued focus to make email safe and simple to use has resulted in some great new features in the most recent release of MDaemon 17.5. We’ve highlighted some of the features for email administrators and end users below. So, let’s have a closer look.
New MDaemon Features for Administrators
Stop Spam and Malware Sent from Specific Countries
Many email administrators want an easy way to block connections from specific countries that send spam and malware. New country screening settings allow administrators to block incoming SMTP, POP, and IMAP connections from designated countries. This benefits businesses by allowing them to block messages from countries with which they do not do business, and provides an extra layer of spam protection when certain countries are known sources of spam.
Prevent and Set Alerts When Hackers Try to Access Your Email
MDaemon’s new Dynamic Screening features can be configured to track authentication failures for all protocols, including SMTP, POP, IMAP, WorldClient, and ActiveSync (among others). After receiving a specified number of failed authentication attempts from a given IP address in a designated period of time, subsequent connections from the IP are blocked for a specified period of time. This helps prevent further connection attempts and password guessing by hackers & spammers.
If you’re looking for the previous dynamic screening settings, they are still located under the Security Settings screen, but this screen has been renamed to SMTP Screen.
Flexible Filtering to Manage Messages
Administrators can set multiple IMAP filtering parameters based on the message size or the contents of any message header, and perform actions such as moving, deleting, forwarding, or redirecting the message.
Improving Server-Side Encryption Key Exchange
An option has been added that allows the process of exchanging public keys for OpenPGP to take place during the SMTP message delivery process. When this feature is enabled, authorized users will no longer need to manually send their public key to another user from whom they wish to receive encrypted email.
Improved Message Search Capabilities
A new Message Search page has been added to MDaemon Remote Administration, allowing administrators to search a single user’s messages based on keywords in the sender, recipient, subject, or attachment name. Searches can be performed on all messages, or only messages within a specified date range.
New MDaemon Features for End Users
Flexible Search Filters for Inbox Management
Improved search filters have been added to MDaemon’s web-based email (WorldClient) allowing users to specify filtering rules based on the message size or any message header. Message results based upon the filter criteria can be moved to another folder, deleted, forwarded, or redirected.
Custom Buddy List Groups for Instant Messaging
WorldClient Instant Messenger users can now arrange their buddy lists into custom groups.
Adding Attachments to Calendars, Contacts, Tasks and Notes
Attachments can now be added to calendar items, contacts, tasks, and notes via WorldClient, Outlook (using Outlook Connector) or your favorite CalDAV or CardDAV client. When scheduling a meeting, attachments added to calendar events will be sent to all meeting attendees.
Import and Export Groups/Distribution Lists to/from a Contact Folder
WorldClient users can now import and export groups/distribution lists to & from their Contacts folders. The ability to import groups allows users to avoid the extra steps needed to add group members individually.
Using Email Voice Memos
WorldClient’s new voice recorder allows users to record voice memos and attach them to email messages, save them to their WorldClient Documents folder, or save them to the desktop.
Simplified Folder Management Options
WorldClient users can now perform the following folder management tasks without having to go to the Options | Folders menu:
Move folders from one parent folder to another via drag & drop.
Add folders to Favorites via drag & drop.
Rename folders in the Favorites list by clicking on the folder name.
Show folders by type in the LookOut theme (previously only available in the WorldClient theme).
Export a Contact in vCard 4.0 Format
WorldClient users can now export individual contacts in VCard format, a file format standard for electronic business cards supported by a wide variety of email clients. VCards contain various details about a contact, including name, company name, email address, postal address, phone number, and additional comments. They can be downloaded locally or sent to a designated email address, and then imported into any email client that supports the VCard format.
Password Protected Chat Rooms
For added security, WorldClient Instant Messenger users can now chat with others via password protected chat rooms. When creating a new chat room via the WorldClient Instant Messenger application, simply enter the password that is required to join in the new Password field.
In addition to all of this, other improvements include:
By default, messages that cannot be scanned by SecurityPlus are quarantined. The antivirus quarantine exclusion settings have been improved. In previous versions, administrators could configure exclusions from antivirus scanning based on attachment file type. Now, administrators can also configure antivirus scanning exclusions based on the sender or recipient address.
When using the WorldClient theme, the look of WorldClient Notes has been updated. An option was added that allows users to change the color of the note by clicking on the note icon in the top left corner of the note.
When using the LookOut and WorldClient themes, WorldClient users can now search for attachment names using advanced search.
For more information please refer to the following resources:
As any software company knows, it’s important to listen to our customers and address any issues that may be reported. With this in mind, our development team has released MDaemon 17.0.3. This minor update includes various improvements to WorldClient Instant Messenger and other minor fixes.
I’m happy to announce the release of SecurityGateway 4.5.1. Though this is only considered a point (.1) release, it packs a big punch with the newly-added RMail features from RPost. With RMail, you can:
Track your important emails and know precisely when they’re delivered and opened.
Receive Proof of Delivery, Time, and Exact Content.
Easily encrypt sensitive emails and attachments for security or legal compliance.
RMail™ makes it easy for all parties to e-sign and complete a transaction, as well as to determine when a message has been delivered and opened.
For more information on the latest features and enhancements, or to download the latest SecurityGateway with RMail support, visit our downloads page.
As always, you can leave a comment if you have questions!
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.
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:
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” <email@example.com> would become From: “firstname.lastname@example.org — Spartacus” <email@example.com>.
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.
Outlook Connector for MDaemon makes collaboration easy for Outlook users, with folder sharing for email, calendars, tasks, contacts and notes. There’s also an out-of-office auto-responder with custom scheduling options.
Until now, Outlook Connector users needed to manually check for and download updates to the Outlook Connector plug-in. Now, with the release of Outlook Connector 3.6, auto-update will notify the user that a new version is available for download. This helps to ensure that all users are able to take advantage of the latest features and performance improvements.