Bright Light Technologies has introduced a free service for consumers designed to help keep junk mail at bay.
Called Bright Mail, the service is available to users with a POP3 e-mail account that can be accessed from anywhere on the Internet. Customers must register their account with Bright Mail and modify the settings on their e-mail client so that incoming mail is filtered by the Bright Light service.
In testing, Bright Mail has been able to eliminate 90 per cent of spam messages sent to users, without accidentally deleting any legitimate e-mail messages, according to a statement from the company.
Bright Mail runs a 24-hour operations centre where it identifies new and existing spam and then forwards information about the spam to a "spam wall" assigned to each user. The spam wall uses software to identify and block spam messages before they reach a user's in-box, the company said.
Almost 50 per cent of e-mail users say they get spammed six or more times a week, according to a recent study of 13,000 e-mail users commissioned by Bright Light and conducted by the Gartner Group.