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Dude, where’s my SPAM?

ExchangeDefender protects you from dangerous email by blocking their delivery directly into your Inbox. Sometimes the way your IT admin has configured ExchangeDefender (security policies, admin policies, business restrictions) can become more aggressive and quarantine legitimate email messages. Other times the email sent by a legitimate sender is so misconfigured (broken DNS, email structure, RBLs, etc).

ExchangeDefender makes it easy to secure your Inbox and easy to get to messages that it’s been told to block.

If you’re expecting an important email and it hasn’t arrived read on for how to access it.

ExchangeDefender Quarantine

ExchangeDefender Quarantine is a web app accessible from any modern web browser, desktop and mobile. Not only will it show you everything we’ve kept from your Inbox, you’ll also be able to read/reply/forward/print the messages immediately and make sure they never end up in the SPAM.

First, open a browser and go to

Click on Quarantine and we’ll show you all the messages that are currently waiting. Note that the from address is the real/machine email address, not a fake/forged one you see in Outlook. This will make it easy to tell who is just spoofing and who is legitimate.

If you click on the subject, your message will open and you will able to act on it just like you do from any other email client right there in the same browser window.

If you click on the icon to the right of that (user with a checkmark) the system will create an Allow policy to let messages from this sender skip SPAM checks next time and arrive directly in your Inbox.

Option 2: ExchangeDefender Inbox

Sometimes the message isn’t in the Quarantine and it isn’t in your inbox. So where did it go?

99.9% of the time, the message has been miscategorized by your email infrastructure. This happens often when [relay permissions aren’t configured correctly] or the email itself triggers some other internal security process (desktop AV, firewall, etc) that blocks you from accessing it.

Solution: The best hack to employ here is to rely on the ExchangeDefender Inbox. We cache all the messages going to your server and if you click on Inbox you’ll be able to see messages we sent to your mailbox.

To sum it up

The easiest way to access all the messages ExchangeDefender is keeping from your mailbox is to go to and click on Quarantine. For messages that don’t get delivered after they’ve been processed by ExchangeDefender stay on and click on Inbox.

For more information about ExchangeDefender web app

Still can’t find the message? Tune in next week to see how your [domain admin] or [service provider] can help.

Laptop with hands

ExchangeDefender has been holding Service Provider (MSP/VAR) Focus Group meetings this week and we’re beyond excited to hear what we can build to make your and your clients lives easier with ExchangeDefender.

One of the most common pieces of feedback from the *Service Provider crowd so far has to do with log access and particularly low-level log access that can give further insight into problems and message routing.

Allow us to introduce you to Raw SMTP Mail Logs which will give our partners direct access to the low-level SMTP transaction and error logs. It’s located in the same location where you currently have service provider logs at

In addition to the live search which will give you an interactive access to our logs, you can see the button to Download raw logs.

Set your search criteria (at the very least a domain name and the direction of the search: inbound/outbound) and click on the button.

Logs will get pulled from all our services and will be available for download within 24 hours. Don’t let the boilerplate distract you, almost all of our clients will get their logs within the hour.

From there you can load the logs into your favorite analytics tool and dig for the errors and problems in the mail flow.

P.S. If you’re interested in contributing to our Service Provider Focus Groups please let us know!

Q: What is the difference between “Download raw logs” and “Download .csv”?

A: .csv export will save the current search results in a .csv file that can be used with Excel and other spreadsheet products. Search logs include to/from/subject/date/score/status only and are great for centralized analysis of messages that ExchangeDefender processed. By comparison, raw logs include SMTP protocol-level transactions/errors/notices that can help diagnose delivery and routing errors. So – .csv for Excel view for business analytics, raw log SMTP transactions for technical troubleshooting.

Huge and most demanded feature from our community has finally shipped.

No more PowerShell. No manual steps. It’s all automated.

When you create a mailbox on ExchangeDefender Inbox the service creates your users M365 account, enables mail forwarding, maps the email addresses correctly, updates routing and signing.

Anyone can manage Inbox with far fewer IT skills than are needed for the most basic of M365 deployments!

We’re seeing ExchangeDefender Inbox mailboxes used in companies with high turnover, in companies that are trying to save money (Inbox could save over $300 / employee every year!), for mailboxes that get a ton of traffic but are mostly for logging (necessary but rarely ever logged in), temps, external users that need email at that domain but shouldn’t be given an entire M365 license or be exposed to all the data you have on your M365.

So.. if you’ve been keeping your own Exchange server barely alive just for these types of use case that M365 isn’t ideal for (or worth the $), let’s have a call and save some of your IT budget!

How easy is it?

Login to your ExchangeDefender Inbox admin account and choose a tenant to create a user.

ExchangeDefender Inbox does all the heavy lifting under the hood instantly. Using a combination of Remote PowerShell, Microsoft Graph, and Microsoft’s API for Exchange/M365 we’re able to create the user, setup forwarding, update address books on both sides and keep everything in sync. The admin doesn’t have to deal with any of that, they just see that it’s done:

That’s all it takes to create a mailbox and share the domain with a M365 tenant in hybrid mode. Everyone is on the same domain, everyone has the same format email address, it’s practically the same thing but saves your organization up to 95% every month.

Everything on the backend is tracked and kept in compliance. Best part – we do not use delete statements anywhere so you never have to worry about ExchangeDefender Inbox creating problems and issues at M365.

Try Inbox today for free! Login to your ExchangeDefender Admin account to get started.

Pictured: ExchangeDefender Phishing Firewall

No matter how much money you waste on cyber training, someone, somewhere, innocently or intentionally, will eventually click on a link that can take your network down.

ExchangeDefender protects you from malware and phishing threats by rewriting web traffic through our security service called ExchangeDefender Phishing Firewall. The process is very simple, we analyze the email message as it goes through ExchangeDefender and rewrite the URLs so that when you click on them on your Outlook or phone you’re redirected to a site that your organization manages and that you can customize for your personal liking.

Remember, over 91% of cybercrime starts with a link in an email! ExchangeDefender helps stop that.

We also roll up OSINT and public reputation lists that give you an idea exactly what you are being directed to. We check if the site is known for spreading malware, if there is a recent incident report, if the site is brand new – and you can quickly decide to click on a button to proceed one time or you can add it to your safe list and then you’ll automatically get redirected to the real site.

Problems and Challenges

URL rewriting is an industry standard practice and almost all large mail service providers feature similar “safe links” technology.

As helpful as it is in disarming dangerous content, it can at times cause a support issue as well when the link gets broken or when the site gets wrongly listed for hosting dangerous content (hint: we don’t host anything, we just redirect the link). The process of delisting can take some time and sometimes misconfigured devices and services can cause additional problems. Just last week we dealt with an issue at Comcast/AT&T xFinity Business SecureEdge service and the only workaround is to turn that service off.

Workarounds and Quick Fixes

The quickest way to work around this is to ask the sender to email you at your bypass email address you create for this interaction. Simply go to and follow the directions from there.

Optionally, but as the last recourse only you can turn off the ExchangeDefender Phishing Firewall (see for instructions) but doing so also lowers the level of protection and support you’ll be getting from ExchangeDefender.

We have a week of client/partner development focus groups, March 6th-7th and if you’re interested please ping us at What we’re currently beta testing are provider or domain redirection portals so that you’re not stuck sharing or with millions of your closest email neighbors. This way any problems with the site listings or DNS hijacking (in SecureEdge’s case) would be limited to your clients and it would be easier to pick out and mitigate any malicious reporting activity.

If you’re looking to make ExchangeDefender work better for you, please join us for the focus group. We’d love to help you protect your clients mail flow better.

Every month we get a ton of new ExchangeDefender users. We work harder than others to keep you safe — and we want to get you up to speed with all the unique security benefits you get with  ExchangeDefender and how to best take advantage of them.

The webinar is not overly technical AND it’s a great opportunity to get any questions you may have answered by the very people that manage ExchangeDefender. Here is what we will cover:

– How to spot and manage phishing attacks
– Importance of strong passwords
– Why you need MFA/OTP and how it works
– What to do when messages bounce
– What to do when your email is down
– How to lock down ExchangeDefender
– How to deal with spoofing and identity theft

Attacks on IT are only getting more efficient and sophisticated with each passing day – and ExchangeDefender is here to help you stay secure and adopt the best practices of our most successful partners and clients.

* First webinar in series, we will post recordings in our portal on March 1, 2023 after all the live sessions have been recorded & edited.

Register for the webinar here:

ExchangeDefender upgrades Multi-factor Authentication services

ExchangeDefender has beefed up our MFA (multi-factor authentication aka 2FA / OTP) service with addition of new vendors and a wider reach.

Setting up MFA involves either installing an authenticator app or authorizing us to send you a text message. When you login to our service the system will expect you to provide the 6 digit code that will only* be known to your trusted device. Essentially, it keeps people who only know your username and password out of your account.

While we would prefer a more secure and reliable model in which our clients rely on MFA authenticator apps over the less secure SMS, we understand that is not a practical solution everywhere and absolutely every needs this second layer of authentication when accessing mission critical systems such as email and file sharing.

As you may remember, we had an issue with SMS MFA before Christmas and thanks to some heavy lifting by our team over the holidays the new SMS infrastructure is truly global, scalable – and will be delivered by multiple providers for better redundancy (eliminating the 10DLC compliance issues).

With the retirement of ExchangeDefender Essentials and all the compromises it required, you will be seeing a flurry of new security features in the ExchangeDefender Email Security service. First of many will be the access restrictions and the ability to restrict access to ExchangeDefender services based on location, time, etc. The attacks on email infrastructure are only getting more numerous and more sophisticated by the day and traditional (or cheap) security methods are no longer viable in 2023 and certainly not beyond. We look forward to continuing the best email security money can buy and we thank you all in advance for trusting us with your email.

We’ve set the email world on fire with ExchangeDefender Inbox, it is officially our most popular service. Hardly a surprise, given how it saves people $ on IT and email at a time when almost everyone is looking to make the most out of their budget. Or as one of our clients put it:

“This Inbox business is giving me a second life for Christmas – I’ve contacted everyone that said no to Office365 in the past year and I’m winning them!”

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With that in mind, here are top 5 ways to illustrate how ExchangeDefender Inbox is a great way to control IT costs

Low cost

It’s a no brainer, $3 for Inbox with ExchangeDefender security included is a lot less than the average $20+ most M365 clients are spending.

No “up front” pre payment

Almost everyone quotes a low monthly price – but only if you pay up front, for 12 months, right now. ExchangeDefender Inbox is a month-to-month service and you can cancel it at any time.

No additional software licensing $$$

With big business email comes big business spending since big platforms come with poor security, no backups (read the TOS/AUP people!), and management UI + tools change all the time. With ExchangeDefender Inbox your only external cost is your annual domain registration.

Lower support & deployment costs

ExchangeDefender Inbox integrates with your existing infrastructure so there is no DNS work, no onboarding, no extensive training. You’ll never have to deal with permissions, distribution group memberships, Public Folders issues – not to mention that power users are largely going to more powerful cloud offerings for cloud and collaboration so why are you spending your IT budget in a slow 90s app?

No client software licensing costs

You won’t have to go to the app store for us nor do you need an entire office suite for retail, manufacturing, farm, students, or any role that comes with an iPad. Just open the default mail app that comes for free on your device, enter your credentials, and you’re done!

Fun fact

We’re not even half way through December and you’ve made ExchangeDefender Inbox our #1 service. We cannot thank you enough for that and we hope you’re excited about the roadmap we shared in our recent webinar.

Now is the time to talk to your clients about ExchangeDefender Inbox. If the IT budget is tight, we’re the solution you need to talk about right now. Don’t be surprised you’re not getting much interest for expensive email – everyone is pitching it and clients have already said no to it for a myriad of reasons. For those that are looking to get lean, to be more secure while spending far less, Inbox is the way.

Looking for marketing collateral? Great! (Download the brochure) for Inbox today!

ExchangeDefender Inbox saves your business from email disasters and emergencies.

We developed ExchangeDefender Inbox to save the day: In our large M365 practice we’re responsible for a ton of users and when there is a problem we have to solve it. We built Inbox as a way to mitigate the biggest M365 problems and we’ve delivered an affordable and secure way to keep email working. Here are the top five ways people are relying on ExchangeDefender Inbox every day:

ExchangeDefender Inbox, your emergency plan for when Microsoft 365 goes down.

1. During Outages 

If M365 goes down, your ability to send and receive mail goes with it. While this is not a frequent occurence (once of twice a year so far), when it does happen it’s extremely expensive. With ExchangeDefender Inbox you just have to open a web browser and continue where you left off.

2. Working around problems

While total outages are not frequent, email issues are nearly constant. Email bounces, weird errors, missing attachments, service suspensions, billing problems – not a day goes by without some sort of an issue. With Inbox you can rely on bypass to work around bounces and you have a separate platform that is not affected by configuration or administrative work.

3. BYOD + Mobile workforce

Most of the modern workforce doesn’t sit behind top of the line PC with a ton of ram – we’re seeing more work done on mobile devices, tablets, even Chromebooks. If you want a near turnkey email operation for users you don’t want to have access to your M365 side, ExchangeDefender Inbox is a far more affordable and efficient solution (plus it works out the box with no software to purchase)

4. Permanent mailbox

Let’s face it, most mailboxes are used to store alerts, notifications, and SPAM. ExchangeDefender Inbox enables you to move those mailboxes and not flood your shared mailboxes, logs, and tenant with non-actionable email. If your device or browser is constantly timing out and you have multiple mailboxes open, ExchangeDefender Inbox will make them all move smoother.

5. Configuration problems

We saved the best for last. Every day security vendors are publishing new ways to fight fraud, and email systems require extensive upkeep. If you’re innundated with issues related to email delivery – “I never got their email, they never got my email, why was this one delayed / deleted” – try using our response: “Did you check the ExchangeDefender Inbox?” Fact is, most email delivery issues are minor and tend to resolve themselves automatically but if you run a business you can hardly afford to wait: Inbox to the rescue.

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ExchangeDefender Inbox is rapidly becoming our #1 service and we’d love to hear how you’re using it. If you have any feedback please send us an email at and we’ll put in a good word with Santa about getting you some ExchangeDefender swag.

Recently we blogged about ExchangeDefender Project: Inbox and we got a good amount of interest in the beta and just as many questions. We wanted to address the biggest one: What’s the difference between LiveArchive and this Inbox.

Pictured: ExchangeDefender Inbox inside the admin portal on a laptop.

The biggest difference is that Inbox is intended to be used as a primary user mailbox, while LiveArchive is meant as a failover for a user whose mailbox is elsewhere (Exchange, M365, Gmail, etc)

Vlad Mazek, CEO of ExchangeDefender

LiveArchive is a great service to rely on when something goes wrong – Inbox on the other hand is meant to be used all the time. LiveArchive is solely a web mail service – Inbox enables you to connect Outlook or mobile devices to it. LiveArchive is a separate web service to which users usually forget credentials or only login when things go down – Inbox is integrated in the admin app and is accessible one click away from the SPAM Quarantines that our users access daily.

They are both great solutions to different IT challenges: LiveArchive for when things go wrong, Inbox for everyday email use. Inbox has one other massive advantage to it that we’ll announce later this fall.

We expect to offer both with ExchangeDefender Pro to reduce support traffic (clients mail tracking requests caused by mail server issues: “It’s in the Inbox”) and because everything in IT can fail and it’s always prudent to have a failover/backup with LiveArchive.

Cybersecurity tops the list of IT concerns and spending, with email still being the most popular service with users and hackers alike: over 90% of compromises start with an email. If that sounds familiar you’ve undoubtedly had to deal with new email authorization standards, user training, troubleshooting mail flow, trying to figure out why email to or from certain people is bouncing, reconciling it all with new IT trends, cyber-insurance requirements, marketing. In a nutshell, email security is still a challenge and users just want something that works.

We’ve reimagined what the email security should look like in 2022 and we cannot wait to show it off:

ExchangeDefender Inbox Webinar
Wed, Sep 28, Noon EST

We hope you can join us for the webinar and see just how we’ve integrated all the ExchangeDefender security and productivity services to give users a single panel of glass to make email work for them even when they have issues with email. Can’t wait till next Wednesday? Shoot us a ticket at and ask us to enable it for you today!

ExchangeDefender Inbox combines over two decades of email security experience with the modern, mobile-first world of countless email issues. It enables our clients to get things done with email security and work through all the issues without involving IT. Users want a quick and reliable email platform that just works – work around SPAM filters, around SPF/DKIM policies, around bounces – all while leveraging email encryption to protect sensitive data. The service has been enormously popular with our enterprise clients and now we’re bringing it to all ExchangeDefender users – see you next Wednesday!