Archive for 2008

Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail service outage

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

On Friday, we experienced a service outage for some of our Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail users that is still affecting users today. While the service is still working for most, an issue with the Yahoo! Mail API is preventing us from reinstating service completely.

We are actively working with Yahoo! to reinstate Boxbe for Yahoo! Mail for the affected users.

We’re terribly sorry for any inconvenience that this may be causing you, but rest assured we will have the service up and and running as soon as humanly possible.

We will keep you posted on the Boxbe Blog as we get to the bottom of this issue.

New features: smart screening, universal guest list, and more!

Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

We’ve been busy here at Boxbe HQ making improvements to our service to make Boxbe easier to use and better integrated into your email workflow.

Here are some of the features we’ve just launched:

Always allow approved guests

Boxbe_ Guest List Always Allow-2.jpgWondering why some messages from approved senders weren’t making it to your inbox? The new system allows messages from approved senders even if they fail authentication.

A simpler Guest List to make your life easier.


Universal Guest List

Use Boxbe’s convenient list of retailers, mailing lists, banks, social networks and other automated senders (no marketing or advertising emails, of course). It’s one more way Boxbe helps you save time.

Courtesy Notices are now optional

Boxbe_ Courtesy Notices-8.jpgMany of you told us you don’t want to send Courtesy Notices to people not on your Guest List. They are now optional and they give you more control.

Choose who receives courtesy notices here.




Thanks for using Boxbe and we hope you like our new features. We love your feedback and we live on it. Please let us know what you think by responding to this email or emailing us at


Boxbe in the News – 4th of July Edition

Thursday, July 3rd, 2008

As we’re winding down for a 4th of July here in the US, it seemed like a good time to mention some of the recent articles written about us. Here are a few recent mentions that Boxbe has had in the blogosphere and by Fox Business News and the gray lady.

Struggling to Evade the Email Tsunami – The New York Times
Boxbe got a brief mention in this article from Randall Stross about people that are trying to get out from under their excessive email. No solutions for all the problems yet, but we’re trying :-).

Banish Those Pesky Spam and Phishing E-mails That Clog Up Your Inbox – Fox Business News
Fox Business New writer Donna Fuscaldo plays up Boxbe’s leveraging social networking to combat spam and phishing. “The free service, which works with Yahoo and Microsoft’s Outlook, lets users create a list of approved people who can send e-mail, similar to how instant messaging and social networking works.”

A Tale of Two Spammers and a Nice Solution
Now, here’s an interesting use of Boxbe to measure how many emails are sent from a couple of legitimate marketers. Giving out your Boxbe Public Email Address is demonstrated perfectly in this personal account by George Bounacos.

photo from flickr user Mr Magoo ICU