Iconix Issued Sixth U.S. Patent for Email - Invention Extends Email Authentication to Increase Trust and Productivity for Users, Protect Against Spearphishing Attacks

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Iconix Announced Today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has Issued Iconix's Sixth Patent, Titled "RAPID IDENTIFICATION OF MESSAGE AUTHENTICATION." Technology From U.S. Patent 8,903,742, Dated December 2, 2014, is Utilized in the Iconix Truemark Service and SP Guard Product to Protect Users and Organizations from Phishing and Spearphishing Attacks.

ICONIX, Inc., the industry leader in visual email solutions, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued Iconix's sixth patent titled "RAPID IDENTIFICATION OF MESSAGE AUTHENTICATION." The abstract for U.S. Patent 8,903,742, dated December 2, 2014, states: "Techniques are presented for uniquely identifying authentication associated with messages.” Iconix filed the patent on October 10, 2011.

Technology from this patent is used in all of the Iconix® offerings, including the Iconix Truemark® service, which helps protect consumer users from phishing attacks, and Iconix SP Guard(TM), which protects enterprises from spear-phishing attacks. The Iconix services utilize the two main forms of email authentication – Sender Policy Framework (SPF) and DomainKeys Identified Mail (DKIM) – to verify the source of a message, and then highlight legitimate email messages with an icon in the inbox and open messages. This gives users an intuitive “visual ID” for email messages, thus allowing them to easily distinguish real from fake. The result is increased trust and confidence in email and increased safety for users and businesses.

"Due to the recent wave of spearphishing attacks and related data breaches, businesses and users are more wary than ever about email,” said Jeff Wilbur, vice-president of marketing at ICONIX. “Instead of operating at the extremes – trusting all messages or treating all with suspicion – our services give users a simple, powerful tool to distinguish real messages from fake, thereby stopping attacks early in the process. The technology in this patent, along with our previous patents, also enables us to offer a “crowdsourcing” anti-phishing service in which users are presented with an option to provide feedback to IT or Iconix about highlighted suspicious messages. This provides a tight feedback loop to refine the status of low-volume, well-crafted messages that slip through email security filters. Our focus is to help users process email quickly, efficiently and safely while protecting them and their organizations from attacks.”

Additional information about Iconix services is available at http://www.iconix.com.

About ICONIX, Inc.
ICONIX, Inc. is the leading provider of trusted email identification solutions. ICONIX provides the industry's first visual solution for businesses and consumers. The patented Iconix® solution enables email recipients to quickly identify messages from legitimate senders, which proactively combats widespread email-based identity theft techniques, such as phishing. For more information, visit http://www.iconix.com.

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Iconix, Truemark, the Iconix logo and the Check-lock icon are registered trademarks in the United States and Iconix, Check-lock, the Iconix logo, SP Guard, the Iconix enabled logo, and the Check-lock icon are trademarks or service marks of ICONIX, Inc.

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