[Mailman-Users] AOL to Implement E-mail Certification Program

Brad Knowles brad at stop.mail-abuse.org
Sat Feb 4 01:47:36 CET 2006


	Just saw this article at <http://www.clickz.com/news/article.php/3581301>:

		AOL to Implement E-mail Certification Program
		ð ð ð   ClickZ News

		By Kevin Newcomb | January 30, 2006

		In a bid to protect its members from e-mail fraud and phishing, and
		to offer consistency to commercial e-mail senders, AOL today will
		begin implementing Goodmail's cryptographic CertifiedEmail program
		and phasing out its IP-based Enhanced Whitelist.

		As part of its e-mail security practices, AOL blocks the display
		of images and hyperlinks on most high-volume messages, except if
		senders are on the AOL Enhanced whitelist and maintain very low
		complaint rates. Beginning today, AOL will also allow senders who
		have undergone accreditation through Goodmail to display images
		and hyperlinks by default. Goodmail charges accredited companies
		a fraction of a cent per message sent.

	Read the rest at the URL above.

	So, any thoughts on what that means for mailing list operators 
around the world?  From my perspective, it looks like FAQ 3.42 (see 
is going to take a turn for the worst.

	Basically, unless you want to pay GoodMail to certify everything 
sent by your list, you just won't get through to AOL recipients.  So, 
I guess it's time to unsubscribe all AOL users.


Brad Knowles, <brad at stop.mail-abuse.org>

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