SPAM is a REAL PROBLEM! We have noticed an increase in spam over the last 6 months. More high speed access means more spammers can send more mail to more addresses per hour than ever before. Try some of the suggestions below to reduce your intake of this fatty and dangerous substance.

Our first tip: NEVER respond to spam. NEVER click on anything in a spam. To do so reveals your email address to the spammer, which results in even more spam.

Our second tip: Remember KISS:

Keep It Simple Sweetheart !

That means that if you can find a simple solution that is not too much work, you will be better off. The alternative can be a lot of work for little real benefit.


Just Say Delete - Preclean your Mail with Squirrelmail.

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Mail Filters - Use your Existing email Software to Catch spam.

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Quick How-to for Outlook Express:

  1. Create a new folder called SPAM (Select "Local Folders" then click file, new folder). Click Tools, Click Message Rules, Mail. [screenshot]
  2. Click New, and check the box for "Where the To or CC line contains people" and "Move it to the specified folder". [screenshot]
  3. Click the "contains people" link, and enter your email address. [screenshot]
  4. Click the "Add" button. Add all of your addresses, and don't forget that lists are usually not sent to your individual address, but to a list address.
  5. Click the "Options" Button and change the conditions of the filter to "Message does not contain the people below". If you've added more than one email address, then select the option for "Messages matches any one of the people below". This will make the filter catch everything that DOESN'T match (likely spam). [screenshot]
  6. Click Ok, Click Ok again, until you are back at the "new mail rule" window.
  7. In the rule description, click on the word "specified" link. [screenshot]
  8. Select your spam or trash folder and click ok.
  9. Give a name to the filter rule - "spam".
  10. Click ok again to close the filter rule.


Quick How-to for Netscape:

  1. To create a new folder called SPAM, click Edit, click Message Filters, click New.
  2. Name the filter Spam, pulldown for "To or CC", and fill in your username@westernet.net in the boxes. [screenshot]
  3. Now click the New Folder button and name the folder Spam.[screenshot]
  4. Click the "More" button if you are on some mailing lists. Since lists are usually not sent to your individual address, but to a list address, fill it out the same way. [screenshot]
  5. Do this as many times as necessary for each list. Make sure that you have checked "Match any of the following" so that anything that fails any condition will wind up in the Spam folder. [screenshot]
  6. The last step is to route the failures. Either pulldown to "Trash" or press the New Folder button and create a new folder Spam as a subfolder of Inbox. [screenshot] (You could pull down to Delete, but you might want to see how it's working first.)
  7. OK your way out 3 times to finish up this filter.
  8. If you create multiple filters (for example to route listmail to list folders), you will want to adjust the order in which they are applied.


Now a WORD OF CAUTION:

The following are Programs that you can load into your machine. As with any program, there will be a learning curve, and it may not work the way you expect or want. Although Spam is a nuisance, it's not really work. You may end up loading a program in, messing with it, not liking it and having to unload it. This is work. Ask yourself if you really want to do this BEFORE you proceed.


Mailwasher - A windows utility that 'washes' the spam out of your mailbox on the mailserver BEFORE you download it to your computer.

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Spamweasel - A windows utility that works as a proxy between your regular email program (Netscape, Outlook Express, Eudora), and our mailserver.

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