EarthLink, just days removed from putting the legal kibosh on the infamous "Buffalo Spammer," said it is offering a new spam-blocking application to its customers at no extra charge.
EarthLink's "spamBlocker," included with the ISP's TotalAccess 2003 Internet software bundle, will allow subscribers to "claim control of their inboxes and get back to enjoying their time spent online."
It does that by invoking a "permission-based" auto-response to spam messages and unrecognized e-mail addresses, and asking the sender to fill out a short form before gaining access to the customer's inbox. In turn, the subscriber can accept or reject the sender's request.
EarthLink also offers a "spaminator" tool from Brightmail Inc. that utilized specific "software rules" that eliminate suspected spam before reaching a user's e-mail inbox.
In addition to controlling spam, EarthLink last year unveiled an optional feature designed to block annoying pop-up Web windows.