Eudora adds ScamWatch URL protection

Qualcomm Inc. on Tuesday released an update to one of the longest running Macintosh e-mail applications, Eudora, bringing the current version to 6.2. The update focuses mainly on security enhancements for its users adding a new feature dubbed ScamWatch, which aims to combat "phishing" on the Internet.

Phishing scams capture personal information from Internet users with a combination of unsolicited commercial spam e-mail messages and Web sites designed to look like legitimate online businesses. While spam is still the number one complaint among e-mail users, online scams like phishing are becoming more of a problem as well.

"Our goal is to raise the awareness of these deceptive emails," Bill Ganon, vice president of Eudora, told MacCentral. "The more I read about it [phishing], the more I think it's time for somebody to step up."

Many e-mail scams use misleading URLs to trick users to click on their links. What appears to be a legitimate Web site address often hides a malicious URL. Eudora will now show the true URL in a balloon so users can see the link is not going to a legitimate company Web site.

If you choose to click on the link and Eudora suspects that it may be a scam, the application will display a warning message that the URL may be deceptive. You can then choose to cancel visiting the site or continue.

In addition to ScamWatch, Eudora 6.2 has added enhanced Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) support, making it easier to delete messages when you're not online; the ability to use emoticons in your email; support for iChat; great compatibility with Secured Sockets Layer (SSL) and improved live search.

Compatible with Mac OS X and above, Eudora is available is three modes: Paid, Sponsored and Light. More information on pricing options is available from the company's Web site.

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