Why Use Choicemail?


Because it works.

Spam now accounts for about two-thirds of all email. It costs most email users at least 15 minutes a day. Research shows that spam costs companies $400-800 per mailbox every year. And these costs are growing.

Permission-based email management is the only thing that actually solves, or ever will solve, the spam problem. (To learn more, read our whitepaper.) It is 100% effective, and ChoiceMail makes it available to you now.

With ChoiceMail, you will never get another piece of unwanted email because a message can reach your inbox in one of only four ways:

  • It is from someone on your whitelist
  • It is from a new sender whose registration request you accepted
  • It matches a permission rule you created
  • It is from a domain that is on your accepted domain list.
  • You approved it manually

In short, if an email is in your box, it’s because you want it there. ChoiceMail transfers the burden of dealing with email messages from people you don't know back to where they belong– the senders. Learn more and get your FREE trial for home or business!

Why ChoiceMail
October 1st, 2002. Version 1.400
October 1st, 2002
ChoiceMail 1.4
Release Notes

New Features
MSN — ChoiceMail now supports MSN
Secure Password Authentication (SPA) — ChoiceMail now supports standard authentication and secure password authentication for both SMTP and POP.
SSL — ChoiceMail now supports SSL for SMTP and POP servers
Outlook 98,2000,XP — ChoiceMail can now configure the three main flavors of Outlook automatically.
Multiple SMTP server support — You can now have multiple SMTP servers and switch from one to another from the ChoiceMail system tray icon. This facilitates mobile users who connect to the internet in different ways.
Safe message viewing — You can now safely preview messages within ChoiceMail without sending any information back to a spammer or website.
Open email application automatically — You can now configure ChoiceMail so that it opens your default email application automatically after a specified number of messages have been approved by ChoiceMail.
Disabling registration requests — You can temporarily disable registration requests so that you can manually review incoming messages before ChoiceMail sends a request out to unknown senders.


Change default email application — You can specify a different email application to be used by ChoiceMail.
Icon for queued registration — Added support for displaying unknown senders with a special icon when a registration was queued but not yet sent.
Unverified messages from your own email address — You can now configure ChoiceMail so that it allows messages that appear to come from yourself but cannot be verified as really your own. Not recommended for normal usage
Permission rules — Permission rules are now checked before the test for self-messages so that you can allow messages from yourself to come through only if some other information is present in the message (e.g. add ‘xyz’ to the subject field).
Configuration wizard — The configuration wizard now runs automatically for first time users. You are not asked if you wish to run the wizard.
Configuration wizard — Configuration wizard now checks to make sure that the email application is not running before ChoiceMail tries to configure it.
Edit sender info — Added ability to modify the sender info (Reason and name)
POP port — ChoiceMail POP3 accounts can now use non-standard ports.
Names of senders — The name of registered senders is now set using the name part of the FROM header on first message receiving
Trial version — The “trial expired” panel now tells you not to uninstall if you are planning to purchase the retail version.
Splash screen —You can now press any key to close it.
SMTP sender — User can specify a separate SMTP sender email address to deal with some SMTP relaying problems.
Server timeouts — You can control how long ChoiceMail will wait to connect to servers. The default is 5 minutes.
Activity logging — Added server disconnection notification in the pop grabber log.
Mail message handling — Added support to make sure a message file is not marked "read only" prior to deleting it.
Self-message checking — Re-introduced Reply-To header checking in IsMessageFromMyself function
Registration messages and HTML —Added support for multipart registration message. Email clients that support HTML preview will see the HTML version of the email with registration link hidden. Others will see the old plain text message. This also fixes the problem with Outlook breaking the link.


Window state - ChoiceMail now remembers whether it was open or minimized.
Timeout problem with Outlook XP - Fixed a problem where Outlook XP would timeout from time to time when communicating with ChoiceMail.
Invalid message ID — Fixed problem where message Id with invalid characters would break message saving procedure.
Mail not being sent or retrieved — Fixed the problem where ChoiceMail would sometimes stop receiving mail and/or stop sending out registration requests.
Messages to yourself — Fixed the problem where sending a message to yourself was pre-approving you
Recognizing accounts - Fixed a problem where some emails were not recognized as really intended for the user.
Silent failure in approve/reject — Fixed the problem where clicking on approve/reject another sender when the sender already exists would fail silently
Reject with message — Fixed a bug where the dialog was popping up BEHIND the approval dialog so you couldn’t get at it to enter your rejection message.
Sender deletion failure — Fixed the problem where modifying the sender info would cause a sender deletion to fail.
Deletion after relay failure — Fixed the problem where a "relay" problem on the SMTP server was causing the sender to be deleted.
Importing addresses — Fixed the problem where blank email addresses could crash the import process
Multiple messages with same subject — Fixed problem where 3 messages from an unknown sender with the same subject would appear as one message in the client's view


What our users say:

after [installing] ChoiceMail One, zero, zilch, zip, not a single piece of spam.

Mary M.


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