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"Stop Spam Today!" Campaign for Nonprofits Launches Today

Free Anti-Spam Software Available On 12/15/04

SAN FRANCISCO, CA, November 9, 2004 - TechSoup.org and Mailshell today announced the second annual "Stop Spam Today!" Campaign (www.stopspamtoday.org), a nationwide effort to help nonprofits fight spam by providing free, essential information, resources and tools. The campaign culminates on December 15 with a one-day giveaway in which nonprofits can visit www.stopspamtoday.org to order free licenses of Mailshell's Anti-Spam Desktop software.

Qualified U.S. nonprofits and Canadian charitable organizations that are registered with TechSoup Stock are eligible for the give-away. Organizations who are not already registered are strongly encouraged to pre-register at TechSoup Stock (www.techsoup.org/stock) before December 15. There is no cost to register or participate in the program. Pre-registration will start the qualification process and will expedite order processing and delivery. On December 15, all registered organizations need to place their software order through www.stopspamtoday.org.

More than 75,000 copies of free anti-spam software were distributed at last year's "Stop Spam Today!" event. With up to 75% of all email considered to be spam today, TechSoup and Mailshell expect the numbers to dramatically increase this year.

Lynn Stott, director of TechSoup.org, said, "TechSoup is all about making it easy for nonprofits to find technology know-how and tools to get the job done. Last year's very successful 'Stop Spam Today' event made evident that nonprofits do need support on many levels to fight spam. This year, we offer nonprofits information on all crucial spam- related topics. We hope that many organizations will join our campaign and learn how to best protect their inboxes."

"In the last year we've seen new, more devious and more dangerous types of spam than ever before," added Eytan Urbas, vice president of Mailshell. "Nonprofits suffer from spam just as much as the corporate sector. But many nonprofit are not able to purchase the newest and most advanced software solutions, so we're delighted to provide them with a much-needed holiday gift."

The month-long educational component of the 2004 "Stop Spam Today!" Campaign strives to help nonprofits defend themselves against spam-borne threats. Every week from November 9 until December 15, 2004, TechSoup.org will address a crucial spam-related topic and provide nonprofits with new, educational content highlighted on a special page devoted to spam. In addition, nonprofits will be able to share their spam questions and solutions in TechSoup.org discussion forums. On December 15, 2004, nonprofits can request the free software licensing at www.stopspamtoday.org.

From November 29 to December 3, a special TechSoup.org online event led by Dr. Bill Pease of GetActive will focus on helping nonprofits ensure their outgoing communications do not get classified as spam.

For details on the "Stop Spam Today!" Campaign, including eligibility and pre-registration, please visit www.stopspamtoday.org.

About TechSoup: TechSoup.org (www.techsoup.org) is the technology Web site for nonprofits created by CompuMentor (www.compumentor.org). Each month, TechSoup.org receives almost 200,000 visits from people who are looking for nonprofit tech know-how to achieve their missions.

TechSoup.org features more than 380 how-to articles on 16 technology topics, 15 community discussion forums, a technology news section, and the TechFinder service provider directory. Nonprofits also have access to TechSoup.org's technology product philanthropy service, TechSoup Stock (formerly DiscounTech). TechSoup Stock provides access to donated and discounted technology products from over 25 leading providers such as Cisco, Intuit and Microsoft for a small administrative fee. Since its inception in January 2002, the service has distributed more than 866,000 products to 27,000 nonprofit organizations and freed up over $245 million for other uses.

TechSoup.org's weekly e-newsletter, TechSoup´┐ŻBy the Cup (http://www.techsoup.org/tools/newsletters.cfm), is distributed to more than 45,000 subscribers.

About Mailshell Inc.: Mailshell is the OEM anti-spam leader and the first and only anti-spam engine in the world with SpamCompiler Technology. More than 4,000 companies and 10 million consumers worldwide rely on the Mailshell Anti-Spam Engine to block spam. For more information visit http://www.mailshell.com.

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