Browse Prior Art Database

Body-less email or sender controlled email

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000028030D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Apr-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Apr-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

An email recipient can be given control over the delivery of the actual body of an email, thereby producing benefits such as reduction of network traffic, reduction of virus dissemination, and reduction of disk usage. To allow this control, when an email is sent, send only the subject is actually sent. The content should stay on the sender's system or sender's outgoing folder. When the recipient opens the mail, then the recipient systems gets the content from sender's system. If the recipient chooses not to open the email, the body is never sent.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 52% of the total text.

Page 1 of 2

body-less email or sender controlled email

When the user sends email to another user, the mail daemon that sends email communicates with the receiving systems email daemon and sends the receiver information, the subject of the email, and any other useful information, except the body of the email, and saves the body of the email in an outgoing folder of the sender on the local system. When the receiver of the email selects the email to read it, the mail reader program communicates with the mail daemon of the senders system and gets the body of the email.

Advantages of this idea: Enhances security: The email content cannot be viewed by any super users or system administrators of the receiver's system, unless the receiver is such a user, as the content is not on the system until the receiver initiates a read.

Reduces Network traffic: If the mail is sent to several hundreds of thousands of users, it consumes network bandwidth all at the same time. With this invention, network bandwidth will be used only when the user reads the mail. If the user decides not to read the mail and deletes the header, then the network bandwidth for that message is saved.

Allows the email sender to control email content:
1. Sender can change the content of the mail even after sending the mail.
2. Sender can set the expiration of the email.
3. Sender can delete the message before the receiver reads the mail.

Reduces the disk usage on receivers system: If the mail is sent to several hundreds of thousands of users, every receiver will have a copy of the same message on their system (hard disk) which consume...