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SpamAssassin manual configuration

E-mail Filtering
Open E-mail Configuration utility

(Opens in a seperate window)

There are two ways to setup our SpamAssassin, one way is through editing the user_prefs file located in your home directory (~/.spamassassin/user_prefs). When you edit this file you can either do it from the Shell, or you can do it from the Web-Interface under the advanced options.

When you edit this file you can setup whitelists, blacklists, number of hits and the text that will get appended to the subject line.

whitelist_from staff@scc.net

White Lists are used to specify addresses which send mail that is often tagged (incorrectly) as junk mail.

blacklist_from baduser@domain.com

Black Lists are used to specify address that are often not tagged as junk mail but the user doesn't want.

required_hits number or integer

Required Hits is used to specify the number of "hits" an email is allowed before is it marked as junk mail.
Note: With the required_hits the lower the number the more likely an email will get marked as junk mail.

subject_tag *****SPAM*****

Subject Tag is used to rewrite the subject of the email to include a phrase marking it as junk mail. You can change the subject tag to a phrase of your choosing.

SpamAssassin FAQ

Why doesn't your program catch all junk mail for what it is?

People who send junk mail are constantly modifying their messages, often to trick users and mail filters such as SpamAssassin into thinking that their junk mail is a legitimate message. In its most recent test, SpamAssassin differentiated between junk mail and non-junk mail correctly in 85% of cases. Since then, it's just been getting better and better.

Why are some of my valid messages are marked as junk mail?

Occasionally a legitimate email may be marked as junk mail if it violates enough of the SpamAssassin rules. Rules include poorly formatted email headers and phrases frequently found in junk mail, such as "You have been selected as a finalist," "click here," "unsubscribe here," etc. People who send junk mail are constantly evolving their messages, often to trick users and mail filters such as SpamAssassin into thinking that their junk mail is a legitimate message. You can customize your SpamAssassin configuration to suit your needs. In its most recent test, SpamAssassin differentiated between junk mail and non-junk mail correctly in 85% of cases.

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