From: "Sir Charles W. Shults III"
References: <3E18D84D.F137FED7@iquest.net> <3E1BB7CB.F0C0F811@mfi.net>
Subject: Re: E-mail from Korea, China or Taiwan no longer accpted
X-Newsreader: Microsoft Outlook Express 6.00.2800.1106
Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 18:24:31 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 08 Jan 2003 13:24:31 EST
Organization: RoadRunner - Central Florida
Those are good points. Filtering is really up to the end user in most
cases, so for anyone who does not have a good spam filtering program or mail
monitoring utility, there are some simple things you can do with plain vanilla
Outlook Express that will do a pretty decent job. I know a lot of people are
new to the internet even now, or have no idea how to access some of the
functions that their existing software probably supplies, so here goes.
First, just click TOOLS - MESSAGE RULE - MAIL and a menu will appear that
allows you to create rules for your mail messages. It is very self-explanatory,
but just to give an example, let's say you automatically want to reject anything
that does not come addressed to you. All you have to do (let's assume you are
Joe Bleau < jbleau @ somebody . com > ) and note the funny spacing so you can
read this properly - is to select New Message Rule and it will allow you to
choose what to look for and what action to take.
Choose "where the TO line contains" and "where the CC line contains" and use
your email name. Then invert the logic on it- there is a box at the bottom that
shows you the logic as it will be applied. This means that if the "to line"
does not contain your name and the "CC line" does not contain your name, the
rule will "come to life". Now it will take whatever action you have selected.
For starters, have it delete the message. This means that when a message
arrives that is not specifically addressed to you, or you are not on the CC
line, it will go to your delete file. Later, after you have spent a little time
checking out those unread messages in your delete file, you can be confident
that you are not missing anything you want. Then you can change the action to
"delete it from the server". Now you do not have to browse through it or even
Likewise, you can choose to make a rule that recognizes odd characters in
the subject line and dumps it in your delete file or even deletes it from the
server. And you can also tailor a rule or a number of rules that automatically
delete any message that contains in the message body such phrases as "read this"
and "to the end", or "lagos, nigeria" or anything with viagra, penis, "to
unsubscribe", or any other clever phrase that is likely to occur in such a
For those that might conceivably show up in legitimate messages, just send
them to the delete bin and you can sort through them later.
This is not an exhaustive tutorial, but just an example of how you can
create simple spam filters with your existing software without spending anything
more than a few minute. It's actually a little entertaining to try and create
the smallest set of rules that will ditch the most spam without cutting you off
from real messages of importance.
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