The Bat! Features
The Bat! ensures the privacy of correspondence, protecting confidential data, as it can work without using the services of the global e-mail providers and Web interface. The Bat! protects your information using different methods, including the encryption of the message base on the hard drive and e-mail traffic encryption.
The Bat! is able to handle an unlimited number of e-mail accounts and to process and store an unlimited number of messages. The program offers a system of automatic message filtering, easy system of templates, message editor with the spell checker and many other useful features.
Personal information protection
The Bat!ís characteristic feature is the most widespread support of authentication protocols and of encryption while working with mail servers.
The most recent versions of The Bat! have such security means that help to make usersí information really private.
The Bat! protects your e-mail data from accidental loss providing the possibility to make backups of all the configuration settings, address books and folders with messages, and to restore them. The Bat! prevents the intentional data distortion and loss of confidential data while transmitting messages via the Internet.
Safe authentication CRAM-MD5 does not allow unauthorized users to access your e-mail account on the mail server.
Besides this, The Bat! offers different means of protection against virus attacks:
The Bat!ís own address book
The Bat! uses its own address book which is not connected to Microsoft Windows Address Book. Microsoft Windows Address Book, which is used by Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express and other programs, is the target of virus attacks as the viral code extracts the addresses from Microsoft address book for further distribution.
Internal HTML Viewer
Internal HTML Viewer does not depend on the systemís HTML viewer and Microsoft Internet Explorer. The Bat!ís internal viewer supports hypertext language HTML 4.0 and formatting styles of CSS v2.0, ignores scripts and executable code which is the main reason of virus attacks. The Bat!ís internal HTML viewer blocks viruses that use the known HTML vulnerability of Microsoft Internet Explorer (IFRAME, Automatic Execution of Embedded MIME type and others).
Safe handling of attached files
The Bat! warns users before opening the files with suspicious extensions of possible viruses, which forbids launching certain file types. Besides this, the main advantage of The Bat! is that the user sees the real extension of attached files. If the attached file has a ďdouble extensionĒ, for example, photo.jpg.exe, The Bat! warns the user of it.
Selective download allows to delete messages or leave them on your POP3 server without downloading them. Selective download filters can be used for protection against viruses and unsolicited junk messages
The Bat! offers integration with antivirus plug-ins, which enables scanning of the attached files for viruses and other malware.
The other side of safety is protection against malicious codes. Unlike other email applications, The Bat! does not start scripts automatically. The Bat! benefits of its own HTML viewing mechanism, as well as of its own image viewing module. These mechanisms protect you from viruses aimed at operating system mechanisms vulnerability. Windows users should know that The Bat! benefits of Windows Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) for protecting the computer from viruses and malicious codes spread via email. The Bat! 4.0 and further versions are upgraded with a URL manager for background HTML image retrieval. This manager successfully fights malicious codes inserted into HTML images.
URL manager for background retrieval of HTML images
Security has always been the trademark of RITLabs. The developers did not change this belief and integrated into the program the URL manager for background retrieval of HTML images. Its appearance is caused by the fact that more and more frequently malicious codes penetrate PCs through graphic elements of the HTML messages. The new manager blocks the suspicious images and lets the safe ones through. URL Manager controls the retrieval of messages not by folder or addressee, but by particular hosts or URLs.
Smart Sorting Office
The Sorting Office is a powerful filtering system that not only sorts your incoming, outgoing, read, and replied messages to folders, but also can auto-respond; reply with a custom template; forward, redirect, print, or export messages; send reading confirmations; run an external program and more. Once you spend a few minutes for setting sorting rules, you forget about drag-and-dropping messages from folder to folder. The Bat! sorting office is so sophisticated that you can even run the mailing list server with the full subscribe/unsubscribe functionality. More...
Handy Message Templates
In addition to the signatures, The Bat! allows to create the message templates that are using special macros. Any mailbox, folder or entry in the Address Book can have a set of templates for the new message, reply or forward. These templates will greatly expedite the process of message composition, especially when the message has some standard or common text. More...
Quick Templates allow to automize the process of creating messages and save time, inserting prepared text into the message. If the users have to reply to messages with the same text every day they will appreciate Quick Templates. Using macros in Quick Templates helps configuring any complex sequence of actions.
Message parking is designed to prevent accidental deletion of a valuable message. When a message is parked, you will not be able to move it to another folder, nor will it be deleted or automatically purged.
Built-In Backup and Restore
You can make backups of all the configuration settings, address books and folders, and restore such information from the backup file in case of accidental data loss. You can also add a comment to the backup file, select which accounts to backup and even password protect the archive file. In addition The Bat! you to create a separate backup for each mailbox.
The internal PGP implementation based on the award-winning OpenSSL lets you encrypt messages and sign them with digital signatures. Handy manager for digital keys is included. PGP up to version 10.0.2 is supported. The Bat! also supports S/MIME via Internal Implementation or Microsoft CryptoAPI. The Bat! is the first e-mail client to support S/MIME compressed data. The Bat! support Secure Socket Layer (SSL) v3.1 / Transport Layer Security (TLS) v1.0 with AES algorithm.
You can synchronize two separate copies of The Bat! up-to-date with each other. You choose to synchronize the messages themselves, mailbox and account settings, the Address Books and attached files.
Microsoft Exchange Connectivity
The Bat! connects to Microsoft Exchange Servers using native MAPI protocol to fetch or send the messages. You just have to install Microsoft Office Outlook or Microsoft Exchange Client to supply the Exchange connectivity components which The Bat! will be using.
Extended Support of National Codepages
The Bat! allows you to set an individual codepage per mailbox, per folder or per entry in the Address Book. You donít have to put the codepage manually for every message you receive or send. Moreover, The Bat! supports Unicode as well as any system font or set of characters.
Convenient Message Dispatcher
The message dispatcher is The Bat!ís special feature that lets you look at the messages stored on your POP3 mail server without downloading them. Itís very useful for managing your mail remotely, for example leaving "that copy of the huge document" on the server until you get home, but still retrieving and reading the urgent memos while still on the mobile connection.
Fast Address Book
The Address Book provides you an easy way to maintain the list of contacts you have. It is possible to create groups dedicated to a particular classification or for use as a mailing list. Every entry in the Address Book can have a personal and business address, its own Template, default character set and even photos and S/MIME-certificate attached to it. In The Bat! 4.0 and further versions there is a new Address History option which allows viewing and promptly accessing any message from/to any correspondent.
The Bat! allows to change the interface language on the fly without a need to restart the program. There are 12 languages uploaded by default.
The Bat! has its own image viewer, which means that access to attached images is much faster than through an external application. This viewer allows navigating between images, it also supports rotate, advanced resize and zoom algorithms, full screen mode and printing images.
Powerful Import Wizard
The Bat! allows to import messages from the following mail clients:
- Microsoft Outlook Express v4.xx
- Microsoft Outlook Express v5.xx
- Microsoft Outlook Express v6.0
- Microsoft Office Outlook 97, 2000, XP, 2003
- Netscape Communicator v4.xx 4
- Netscape Mail v2.xx, 3.xx
- Eudora Lite/Pro 6
- Pegasus Mail v2.xx, 3.xx
You can import the address books in the following formats:
- Google Contacts
- Outlook Express (Windows Address Book)
- Microsoft Office Outlook (Contacts Folder)
- Business Card(VCard)
- Comma-separated (plain text)
- Tab delimited (plain text)
- Eudora Address Book
- Pegasus Tag File
Starting with the version 6.0 The Bat! Supports IDN.
IDN (Internationalized Domain Names) are the domain names that contain national alphabet characters. The names composed from the characters of the non-latin alphabets, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Greek, etc., as well as the Latin alphabet-based characters with diacritics, such as French, German etc. are related to such domain names.
Runs on any Windows PC
The Bat! works under Windows XP and later versions of Windows OS. The Bat! has very few system requirements. It runs on any Windows PC platform with at least 1024x768 screen resolution. There are no minimum requirements on memory size or CPU speed.