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By Ka-Neng Au

Webmail Tools: Spam Filtering on Andromeda

Using Your Spam Filter

Spam is a name for unwanted email, usually advertisements. The Andromeda Spam Filter uses a complex scoring system to filter out these emails using characteristics commonly found in spam (e.g., a subject line that includes the word "Viagra"). Until you are sure that the spam filter is not filtering out messages that you actually want to receive, you will need to periodically review the messages in the BulkMail folder before deleting them.

Setting Up Spam Filtering

  1. Go to Newark Computing Services: Web Mail: http://www.ncs.rutgers.edu/tools.html.
  1. Under Andromeda Accounts, select Spam Filtering (Activate or Deactivate)
  1. On the next page, click on Andromeda under "Turn Spam Filtering ON"
  1. Enter the user name (NetID) and password from your andromeda e-mail account in the User name and Password login boxes, and then press login.
  1. The next screen that appears will indicate the current status of the spam filter. To activate the filter, click the Filter On button.
  1. You can also change the "Autodelete status" at this point. The default is 7 days but you can choose to reduce it to as little as 1 day.
  1. Click the Exit button to complete this process. You will see a prompt warning you that the browser window is about to be closed. Click Yes.

Editing your Spam Filter

Every night, all of the messages in the BulkMail folder that are older than one week are automatically deleted. You can, of course, delete the messages in this folder yourself more frequently. If you find that too much spam is getting through to your Inbox, take the following steps.

  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 under Setting Up Spam Filtering above.
  1. Under "Autodelete status" change the default of 7 days. You can choose to reduce it to as little as 1 day.
  1. Click the Exit button to complete this process. You will see a prompt warning you that the browser window is about to be closed. Click Yes.

Disabling Your Spam Filter

  1. Follow steps 1 to 4 under Setting Up Spam Filtering above.
  1. To disable the filter, click the Filter Off button.
  1. Click the Exit button to complete this process. You will see a prompt warning you that the browser window is about to be closed. Click Yes.


Last updated: January 24, 2005
 
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