SAN FRANCISCO, CA - November 21, 2005 - TechSoup and Mailshell today announced the third annual "Stop Spam Today!" Campaign (www.stopspamtoday.org), a nationwide effort to help nonprofits and public libraries fight spam by providing free information, resources, and tools. The campaign culminates on December 14 and 15 with a 48-hour giveaway in which nonprofits and libraries can visit www.stopspamtoday.org to order free copies of Mailshell's Anti-Spam Desktop software. More than 100,000 copies of free anti-spam software were distributed during last year's "Stop Spam Today!" event, an increase of 33% over the 2003 campaign, and TechSoup expects even greater participation this year.
Qualified public libraries, U.S. nonprofits and Canadian charitable organizations that are registered with TechSoup Stock are eligible for the give-away. Organizations that are not already registered are strongly encouraged to pre-register at TechSoup Stock (www.techsoup.org/stock) before December 14, 2005. There is no cost to register or to participate in the program. Pre-registration will start the qualification process and will expedite order processing and delivery. On December 14 and 15, all registered organizations need to place their software order within 48 hours through www.stopspamtoday.org.
"In the recent years, nonprofits have become more knowledgeable about spam and computer security," said Rebecca Masisak, General Manager and Vice President of TechSoup Stock. "However, spammers are always at least one step ahead. And because of that, it remains vital to nonprofits to protect themselves against this continuous threat."
The month-long educational component of the 2005 "Stop Spam Today!" Campaign strives to help nonprofits and public libraries defend themselves against email-borne security threats including identity theft, fraud, phishing, and spam. Every week from November 8 until December 15, 2005, TechSoup will address a crucial spam-related topic and provide nonprofits with educational content highlighted on a special page devoted to spam. In addition, nonprofits will be able to share their email security-related questions and solutions in TechSoup discussion forums. For just 48 hours, on December 14 and 15, 2005, nonprofits can request the free software at www.stopspamtoday.org.
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 400,000 visits from people who are looking for nonprofit tech know-how to achieve their missions.
TechSoup 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'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 1.7 million products to 50,000 nonprofit organizations and freed up over $400 million for other uses.
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About Mailshell Inc.: Mailshell is the leading provider of anti-spammer and anti-phisher engines for OEMs. Mailshell helps its OEM partners, including Computer Associates, Oracle Corporation, CyberGuard, Panda Software, ZyXEL, Broderbund, Rockliffe and Lyris Technologies, among others, generate new anti-spam revenue, upsell existing products to new anti-spam customers, and cut anti-spam engineering and support costs to near zero. Companies can integrate the Mailshell Engine into their existing product or application using Mailshell's development toolkit, the Mailshell Anti-Spam SDK. Via Mailshell's OEM partners, more than 6,000 companies and 10 million consumers worldwide rely on SpamCompiler software to block spam. For more information visit http://www.mailshell.com.
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