From: Watson 'Atto Parsec' Name
Subject: Re: E-mail from Korea, China or Taiwan no longer accpted
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Date: Thu, 9 Jan 2003 00:55:15 -0800
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> 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
> download it!
> 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
Thanks for the good advice. Some problems that I've run into before
while doing this are as follows.
One problem I've had is with getting rid of the messages that do not
have my address in the TO: or CC: line. A couple reasons are that much
of the email in an organization is addressed to all email users within
that org, and this email is generally considered important, like the one
I got yesterday from accounting that said for 2003 our new mileage rate
for car travel reimbursement will be 36 cents per mile. If the filter
were to dump this type of email it would be a real problem. So the
filter, before anything else, should probably put all internal emails
into the inbox, and only process emails from outside sources.
But then this comes up against the next problem. We have so many email
addresses inside our organization. So the filter has to be able to OR
several address tests so that it will not miss important emails.
The worst problem is false positives. Until the false positive rate
approaches zero, filtering will not be accepted. Because if one
important email is missed, it could mean disaster. Like "you're fired!"
> For those that might conceivably show up in legitimate messages, just send
> them to the delete bin and you can sort through them later.
But the 'sort thru them later' is not saving time, it is only delaying
the waste of time until later. And this is not really helping anything;
the user can simply look at the subject lines of dozens of emails and
pick a few that look important, and ignore the rest for deletion at a
later time when things are more leisurely.
> 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.
I appreciate your simple filter explanation. However the idea is to
eliminate the spam automatically, without human intervention. And if a
filter rule or program cannot do that safely without false positives,
then it will never be accepted by email users.
> Chip Shults
My email address is whitelisted. *All* email sent to it
goes directly to the trash unless you put NOSPAM in the
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