Ways to deal with Junk Mail (2 of 2)



Okay, in a previous post I talked about a server side solution for junk mail filtering. Now it’s time to ask…. “what if I can’t install filtering software on our mailserver?” Here is one way to deal with the answer…

Most home users have mail from their internet service provider and are at the whim of whether or not the ISP does junk filtering. At one point I was upset with my charter mail because it seemed to be too aggressive a junk filter. But, let’s say you’re getting junk mail and don’t have a mailserver that you can add software too. The answer then is either an addon for your mail program or a different mail program. Microsoft has been rather slow in implementing effective junk filtering features into their products. That’s one reason why I’ve recommended Mozilla Thunderbird to a number of users fighting junkmail.

Mozilla Thunderbird is another open source project from the makers of the Firefox web browser. It essentially has junk mail filtering tools built in. By default there is a junk folder for messages that are spam and there’s even a tool on the toolbar to classify a selected message as junk.

The one thing I’ve noticed about Thunderbird is it needs to be trained. Make sure to make a habit of skimming through the inbox messages and instead of deleting junk, tag it as junk using their toolbar. It will learn and improve it’s ability to filter it out of the inbox to start with.

There are other mail programs out there that take similar approaches to built in filtering. On the linux side, Kontact and Evolution both can interface with spamassassin to provide client side filtering. Of course, there are also many plugins for Outlook Express that can deal with junk mail as well. Thunderbird, just as Firefox is free to download and install though and might be worth a try.

Related Posts

Blog Traffic Exchange Related Posts
  • Network Security guide for the home or small business network - Part 14 - Alternative software There are ways that risks can be avoided. Recently, there was what was called a zero-day exploit for Internet Explorer. As I write this, the exploit surfaced 3 weeks ago and tomorrow there will be a patch. The vulnerability would allow remote code execution through a vulnerability in the way......
  • Junk mail can be REALLY nasty As if you needed another reason to not like SPAM ( no, not the hormel product, we're talking junk mail here.) A couple days ago I mentioned a post at the sans institute talking about an email that was circulating and the link within that email took you to a......
  • Ways to deal with Junk Mail (1 of 2) Who hasn't ever seen junk mail? From the offers for prescription drugs to offers for who knows what. Some mail programs give you a way to filter out different senders, but the senders of junk mail are always changing (like viruses.) So what other tools are there? The reason there......
Blog Traffic Exchange Related Websites
  • Stopping Junk Mail in it's Tracks in 10 Minutes. Ever have one of those days where you realize the pile on your desk can't be overlooked any longer?  Today I took a serious look at that growing stack of my "to do" pile, and decided it's time to deal with it. I soon realized that 75% or more of......
  • Review of Windows Live Writer When you find a tool that makes life easier, there is nothing more exciting. The need for corporations to simplify and systematize their processes has to do with working smart and taking advantage of things that allow workers to reach their goals without having to work quite as hard. One......
  • Best of the Rest: New Header Edition As I mentioned last week, I have been working on a new header and it is finally here! I love it and I think it's perfect. I won't be changing much for awhile, but I think overall the site is much more use-friendly and attractive. If you're reading via reader......
en.pdf24.org    Send article as PDF   

Similar Posts


See what happened this day in history from either BBC Wikipedia
Search:
Keywords:
Amazon Logo

Comments are closed.


Switch to our mobile site