Browse Definitions:
Definition

certified e-mail (authenticated e-mail or stamped e-mail)

Certified e-mail, also known as authenticated e-mail or stamped e-mail, is a system in which senders of commercial e-mail messages pay a small fee to ensure that their messages will bypass spam filter s to reach intended recipients. The use of a fee for e-mail has sometimes been called e-mail postage, e-postage, sender pays or e-stamping.

Both America Online ( AOL ) and Yahoo have announced certified e-mail plans based on a technology developed by Goodmail Systems. For a fee of approximately 1/4 of a cent (USD $0.0025) per e-mail, or USD $2.00 to $3.00 for every 1000 messages sent, advertisers can post e-mail messages that defeat most spam filters commonly used at the server level by Internet service providers ( ISP s). Proponents believe that certified e-mail will, if effectively used on a large scale, make spam unprofitable and thereby improve the operation of the Internet by reducing useless electronic traffic.

Critics of certified e-mail insist that such a system is not likely to be effective because new technologies will arise to circumvent it. Furthermore, because the system is optional, spammers will still be able to send bulk mail freely. Certification will, however, make it possible for a legitimate bulk e-mailer to ensure that their messages aren't selected as false positive s and delivered to recipients' junk folders. Certified e-mail messages are marked with a blue ribbon as a token of authenticity, indicating to the recipient that the associated message is safe to open and interact with.

Historically, the notion of e-mail postage has been controversial. Several years ago, a rumor circulated that the United States government was planning to charge Internet users for e-mail. The rumor, although false, caused storms of protest from the American public, who viewed it as a regressive and onerous new tax that could drive small companies out of business.

This was last updated in January 2011

Continue Reading About certified e-mail (authenticated e-mail or stamped e-mail)

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

File Extensions and File Formats

Powered by:

SearchCompliance

  • pure risk (absolute risk)

    Pure risk, also called absolute risk, is a category of threat that is beyond human control and has only one possible outcome if ...

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • audit program (audit plan)

    An audit program, also called an audit plan, is an action plan that documents what procedures an auditor will follow to validate ...

SearchSecurity

  • insider threat

    Insider threat is a generic term for a threat to an organization's security or data that comes from within.

  • ransomware

    Ransomware is a subset of malware in which the data on a victim's computer is locked, typically by encryption, and payment is ...

  • hacker

    A hacker is an individual who uses computer, networking or other skills to overcome a technical problem.

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR)

    Business continuity and disaster recovery (BCDR) are closely related practices that describe an organization's preparation for ...

  • business continuity plan (BCP)

    A business continuity plan (BCP) is a document that consists of the critical information an organization needs to continue ...

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

SearchStorage

SearchSolidStateStorage

  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • RRAM or ReRAM (resistive RAM)

    RRAM or ReRAM (resistive random access memory) is a form of nonvolatile storage that operates by changing the resistance of a ...

  • JEDEC

    JEDEC is a global industry group that develops open standards for microelectronics.

SearchCloudStorage

  • Google Cloud Storage

    Google Cloud Storage is an enterprise public cloud storage platform that can house large unstructured data sets.

  • RESTful API

    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

  • cloud storage infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

Close