Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leader in digital wireless communications and advanced electronic messaging solutions for the Internet, today announced the commercial release of Eudora 6.2 software, a new version of the popular email program for Windows® and Macintosh® users that includes a “ScamWatch” feature that warns users against clicking on deceptive URLs. Eudora 6.2 offers improved Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) compatibility with OpenSSL, frequently used in enterprise environments. Also new are IMAP improvements for better email synchronization between multiple computers and locations, and 24 originally designed emoticons to add color and personality to users' emails.
A new TRUSTe study found that 70% of email users unknowingly visited a spoofed Web site, and 15% have divulged personal information such as credit card or social security numbers. “Phishing” is the act of sending an email falsely claiming to be an established legitimate enterprise, in an attempt to scam the user into surrendering private information that can be used for identity theft. In response to the growing problem of online phishing schemes, Eudora 6.2 offers ScamWatch, which analyzes the weblinks within email messages for phishing or other deceptive practices, and warns the user to exercise caution before making the connection. Specifically, ScamWatch looks for the use of IP addresses rather than hostnames, or hostnames in link URLs that don't match hostnames in the link text.
“Eudora is proud to take the lead and provide some user protection against phishing schemes, the latest Internet menace to impact users,” said William Ganon, vice president of Eudora Products for Qualcomm Internet Services. “Succeeding SpamWatch and MoodWatch, ScamWatch is the latest in a series of innovative features designed to protect user's security, amidst the ever-growing volume of email.”
Also addressing security for the site environment, Eudora 6.2 now uses OpenSSL, the state-of-the-art standard in email security and encryption. The OpenSSL Project is a collaborative effort to develop a robust, commercial-grade, full-featured, implementation of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL v2/v3) and Transport Layer Security (TLS v1) protocols as well as a full-strength general-purpose cryptography library, you can learn more about it at www.openssl.org.
Eudora 6.2 offers improved IMAP functionality to synchronize and access email from multiple devices and locations. For Macintosh users, Eudora's offline IMAP performance takes a big step forward by allowing offline deletions, and online message management in a nearly seamless fashion. Windows Eudora users in IMAP will notice significant performance and functionality improvements in filtering and message synchronization. By popular demand, Eudora 6.2 users can save words and express emotions, with added color and character. Eudora adds 24 new originally designed emoticons to its vocabulary, automatically converting ASCII emoticons like : - ) into colorful, expressive pictures.
Eudora 6.2 can be downloaded from www.eudora.com/download. Eudora 6.2 in Paid mode is available for $49.95 for new purchasers; $39.95 for previously paid registered users within 24 months from registration and no charge to users who purchased and registered the Paid mode of Eudora within 12 months. Paid mode features SpamWatch, in addition to all of the new features in 6.2. Technical support is available only to Paid mode users. The program is free when used in Sponsored mode, which contains all the features of Paid mode, except for SpamWatch. It also displays advertising in the user interface.
More information on all the new features of Eudora 6.2 can be found in the documents located at www.eudora.com/download. Users who prefer not to download the software from the Internet can order CDs of Eudora 6.2 for a nominal charge.
Qualcomm Incorporated (www.qualcomm.com) is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on the Company's CDMA digital technology. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 500 Index and is a 2003 FORTUNE 500® company traded on The Nasdaq Stock Market® under the ticker symbol QCOM.
Except for the historical information contained herein, this news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including the Company's ability to successfully market and distribute the Eudora software, change in economic conditions of the various markets the Company serves, as well as the other risks detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports, including the report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 28, 2003, and most recent Form 10-Q.