User Administration Feature Additions

Published: December 23rd, 2004

Account administrators now have the ability to manage their individual users’ email forwarding and basic Spam and Virus filtering configurations through their administrative user management interface.

All new Basic Spam and Virus Filtering Service

Published: December 23rd, 2004

LuxSci has replaced its old “Basic Spam Filtering” service, which was based on the “SpamBouncer” procmail library, with an all new “Basic Spam and Virus Filtering” service based on the combination of SpamAssassin and Clam AntiVirus.

  • The price remains unchanged
  • The service now includes full virus scanning with rules updated hourly
  • Use of SpamAssassin should more effectively separate Spam and legitimate email.
  • This new service supports a “Recipient Exempt List” whereby you can white list messages based on who they are “To”.
  • You can now customize the thresholds that determine when email is probable or definite Spam.
  • You can now enable reports within Spam-identified messages that indicate exactly why the messages were considered Spam.
  • You can now choose to have the subjects of your Spam messages tagged with text like “[SPAM]” to help you identify them.
  • You can now choose to opt-out of Spam or Virus filtering by setting the action for the service you do not wish to “Do Nothing”.
  • The service no longer supports bouncing Spam messages back to the sender, sending automatic complaints of Spam messages to ISPs, or requesting confirmations that the message was sent by an actual person.

If you have the Basic Spam and Virus Filtering service, you can review and update your configuration in the “Spam Filtering” tool located under the “email” menu.

Read all about the Basic Spam and Virus Filtering Service.

Compare it to Email Defense.

Outbound Email Archival

Published: October 24th, 2004

LuxSci now allows administrators to enable “outbound email archival” so as to have copies of all outbound email from users in their domain(s) sent to a special email address for archival, backup, or auditing purposes. Together with LuxSci’s existing analogous “inbound email archival” service, administrators can easily archive all inbound and outbound email for compliance, backup, or other reasons.

Users whose outbound or inbound email is being captured for archival in this way will always see a notice to this effect in their WebMail Welcome page, for privacy reasons.

For more information on email archival at LuxSci, see Email Archival and Backup Features.

POP Limits Raised

Published: October 23rd, 2004

LuxSci has raised the limit on the maximum average frequency of POP connections. Clients should not connect to their individual POP accounts more frequently than once per minute, on average, unless special dispensation is given. Violations will result in warnings and then, if they continue, short periods of suspended POP access. The previous limit was once every 2 minutes.

This limit exists to prevent users from checking their POP email excessively frequently, i.e. several times a minute. Such activity has a high probability of affecting the performance of the email servers when performed by many users at the same time.

Note that this rate limitation does NOT apply to IMAP connections and will not affect the sending of email via SMTP. WebMail access is also unaffected.

Support for Multiple Private Labeled Themes

Published: October 21st, 2004

Individual accounts can now have multiple Private Labeled Themes and can restrict application of these themes on a per-domain basis. This keeps users in one set of domains domain from accessing or seeing any information about the private labeled themes for users in another set of domains. This feature also allows you to have private labeled themes which apply to only selected domains in your account, while other domains can remain without private labeling, if you so choose.

For more information about Private Labeled WebMail see Customized WebMail for Your Group.

Calendar and Tasks WebAides Updates

Published: October 17th, 2004

LuxSci announces some features for Calendars and Tasks:

  • Import & Export: You can now import and export calendars and tasks as CSV files. Our import/export wizards allow you to import/export from/to any software supporting CSV files and is preconfigured to make import/export from/to Microsoft Outlook a snap.
  • New Preferences: We have added several user-level preferences to simplify use of Calendars and Tasks. These include:
    • Choose if you see the 1-day, 5-day, full week, or full month view of your calendars by default.
    • Choose what calendar or task items are shown by default: all items, only those assigned to you, or only your private items.
    • Choose if the tasks interface should, by default, show all open tasks, or only those overdue and due today.
  • New Welcome Page Format: We have revised the “Welcome Page”, the page you see when you login to LuxSci, to integrate your Calendars, Tasks, Email, status, and important links into a simple, highly-customizable, interface to your important and often-used data.
  • Calendar Recurrence: Calendar recurrence has been updated to allow you to edit and delete individual entries in a recurrence pattern. This makes it easy to modify or remove individual events without needing to edit the remaining recurrent entries or recurrence pattern itself.

LuxSci Now Supports SMTP Over Port 80!

Published: October 13th, 2004

LuxSci now supports sending of outbound email via secure and insecure SMTP over alternate port 80. While LuxSci has always supported many alternate ports for SMTP, use of port 80 will help many people who are behind very restrictive firewalls. Since almost all firewalls allow traffic over port 80 (which is necessary if you are to be able to view web sites), most users will be able to send outbound email through our servers even if they are behind such extremely strict firewalls.

New Calendar and Tasks WebAides

Published: October 3rd, 2004

LuxSci announces some major WebAide feature additions:

  • Calendars: LuxSci’s New WebAide Calendars are available to all users free of charge and feature recurrence, reminders, and multiple views. Enterprise WebAide users gain the added ability to share calendars, assign events to people or groups, add attachments to events, make annotations on events, view the contents of multiple calendars at once, and much more. LuxSci Calendar functionality is modeled after that in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Tasks: LuxSci’s New WebAide Tasks are available to Enterprise WebAide licensees only. Tasks feature recurrence, reminders, easy searching and sorting, sharing, assignment of tasks to people or groups, addition of attachments, making annotations to tasks, viewing the contents of multiple task lists at once, and much more. LuxSci Task functionality is modeled after that in Microsoft Outlook.
  • Address Book Updates: LuxSci Address Books have been updated to enable viewing the contents of multiple address books at once in a “consolidated” view. This makes it easier to find contacts across multiple address books.

Secure Web Hosting Updates: Separate SSL Directory

Published: September 24th, 2004

LuxSci now enables clients with secure web sites to optionally have the files served for the secure version of their site to be stored in a different directory than the files for the insecure version of their site. This feature allows clients to easily display different content on the secure and insecure versions of their web sites, providing enhanced security and usability.

Improved Email Searching

Published: August 20th, 2004

LuxSci has completely revamped the facility for searching email folders. The email folder search tools are now conveniently located directly in pages listing your email messages.

  • The “basic search” finds specified text anywhere in any message in the email folder.
  • The “advanced search” feature allows you to search any (ANDed) combination of:
    • For text anywhere in the message
    • For text in the subject
    • For text in the body
    • For text or addresses in the To or Cc fields
    • For text in the From field.
    • Based on a range of total message sizes
    • For text in a specified email header
    • Based on the date or date range when the message was sent
    • Based on the presence or absence of flags such as: has the message been replied to, has the message been read, has the message been flagged, and has the message been deleted.
  • Search results appear simply as a subset view of messages in the selected email folder.
  • Search results are preserved allowing you to perform many actions on your search result set without having to re-search.