Apparatus and methods for controlling the transmission of messages

DC
  • US 7,672,998 B1
  • Filed: 11/17/2000
  • Issued: 03/02/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/16/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computer-implemented method for controlling transmission of messages from an originator computer system through an originating mail server to a receiving mail server, a connection between the originator computer system and the originating mail server forming a sending side, the method comprising the steps of:

  • dynamically creating a valid account name and network address pair;

    detecting, on the sending side, an outbound message from the originator computer system;

    verifying, on the sending side, an authenticity of an originator identity associated with the outbound message by comparing a mapping of network addresses with account names such that the originator identity associated with the outbound message is associated with the valid account name and network address pair;

    performing a quota enforcement operation based on a message count and a message limit associated with the originator identity to produce a message transmission result; and

    performing a selective transmit operation including at least one of;

    i) transmitting the outbound message from the originating mail server to a receiving mail server on a computer network if the message transmission result contains a transmit value; and

    ii) preventing transmission of the outbound message from the originating mail server to a receiving mail server on a computer network if the message transmission result contains a no-transmit value.

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