Mozilla Thunderbird

Mozilla Thunderbird

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May 19, 2006
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Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP
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Windows 98/Me/NT/2000/XP, 233Mhz CPU, 64MB RAM

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Formerly known as the e-mail component of the Mozilla Web browser, Thunderbird now exists as a standalone, full-featured client. The recently stripped-down code feels leaner and more focused than the original Mozilla component. In terms of features, the program is comparable to or exceeds other products in this space, boasting good junk-mail filters, compatibility with RSS feeds, HTML support, and multiple identities. Thunderbird handles both POP and IMAP accounts admirably, but we would like to see greater support for Microsoft's Exchange server. The program also boasts stellar security features such as S/MMIE, digital signing, message encryption, and a built-in phishing detector. Visually ahead of the game, Thunderbird's interface is a joy to use, and the application now lacks the sluggishness that plagued previous versions. We also like the layout options, which allow us to view our mail in various columned arrangements. Other little perks include message searching, saved-search folders, import tools, smart-address completion, labels, and return receipts. Though the lack of full Exchange support will keep this e-mail app on the sidelines in the corporate world, home users looking for an alternative to Outlook Express will absolutely find Thunderbird a high-flying choice.

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    "Phishing protection in 24.5 reduces security risk"

    May 11, 2014   |   By Bigsurfer

    Version: Mozilla Thunderbird 24.5


    Version 24.5 takes care of child-like users who are vulnerable to phishing attacks. Also it automates configuring tons of email accounts, so you don't need to depend on a scratch pad as much. A really cool aspect is it allows you to isolate yourself from the Internet browser, so you may be free of it.


    As a client, Mozilla Thunderbird competes with web mail and the server powering it. Web mail can provide the last word in spam control, meaning it gives access to a tiny bit more junk. Spam-paranoid users should check their junk folder in web mail.


    Get Thunderbird 24.5 for the family. If you got novice users in the family, turn on phishing protection and junk filters to protect them from hacker attacks. If you got news consumers in the family, they will have access to news groups and feeds.

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