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Advanced Spam Filtering

In most cases, users filter spam by creating email filters which block specific senders, or e-mails with specific words in the body or subject. However, with the increasing amount of spam it's not always enough.

Background Information:
Each word contained within an e-mail has a certain "weight" that is attached to it that designates the word's likeliness to be associated with spam. The weight of each word contributes to the weight of the e-mail as a whole. Typically, good e-mail has a total weight between 1-20, and the weight of spam e-mail will range from 10-100. Therefore, the optimum range for a weight-based spam filter is between 10-20. As you follow the steps below, choose a number between 10-20 (10 being the strongest and 20 being the weakest protection) to use for your filter that will best suit your needs.

STEP I:

Login Part 1

The first step to creating your filter will be logging into our appsmail website at www.appsmail.com. Type out your full email address and your password, then click the "Log In" button


STEP II:

Login Part 2

After clicking the "Log In" button, click on "Continue" to proceed to your account.


STEP III:

The "Options and Styles" Menu

Select "Filters" from the "Options and Styles" drop-down menu located in the upper right corner of your screen.


STEP IV:

My Filters

The "My Filters" window will display any filters that are currently setup for your specific account. Click on the "Add" button when you're ready to create the new filter.

STEP V:

Creating the Filter - Part 1

From the "Select Field" drop-down menu, you'll want to choose "Header" - the header of an e-mail is the section that contains most of the statistical data about the e-mail. To the left of the "Select Field" menu, click on "contains" to indicate that the filter will only apply to e-mails which have certain information contained within their header section. Lastly, type "weight15" into the "Phrase" section, and then click the "Add Condition" button.

Note:
Typically, good e-mail has a total weight between 1-20, and the weight of spam e-mail will range from 10-100. Therefore, the optimum range for a weight-based spam filter is between 10-20. That being said, although we recommend starting your filter out at a weight of 15, you can choose any number that you feel best represents your needs.

Whatever weight you choose, always keep an eye on your spam filter for the first few weeks after creating a weight filter to make sure that good e-mails aren't getting classified as spam.

STEP VI:

Creating the Filter - Part 2

After clicking the "Add Condition" button, you should see the first half of your new rule appear in the "Rules" section below. At this point, verify that the "Filter Action:" is set to "Move the message to this mailbox:" and type "spam" in for the "Destination:" - when you're done, click the "Finish" button.

STEP VII:

My Filters

At this point you should be directed back to your "My Filters" window and your newly created rule should appear. If everything looks satisfactory, you can close out of the window by clicking on the "X" in the upper right corner.

Remember to check back frequently for the first few weeks after creating/editing this rule to make sure that good mail isn't being filtered to the spam folder. If good mail is being sent to the spam folder adjust the weight within the rule to a higher number. If all of your good mail is still making it to you, but you're still receiving too much spam, adjust the weight to a lower number.

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