Spam Assassin Explained, what is it? how do you use it? and more!

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  • 21/07/2007 10:49 PM

What is Spam Assassin?

Spam Assassin is a
e-mail spam filtering system that sits side by side with account with us
to help block, mark or filter out mail you don't want.



How do I access Spam Assassin?

First thing you will want to do is log into your cPanel.
From there, under the "E-mail" box look at the bottom for a link that
reads "Spam Assassin". From here it will tell you if Spam Assassin is
currently enabled or disabled. Clicking the boxes to enable or disable
Spam Assassin is how you can turn it on or off. To configure the Spam
Assassin settings click the button that reads: "Configure Spam Assassin
(required to rewrite subjects)"



How do I configure Spam Assassin?

If you do not know what it is you are looking at, the next
screen could be a little confusing. To help you understand here's a
break down of what you should see on the screen and what to do with it:



required_hits - The number of e-mails received before marked as
spam.

rewrite_subject - The tells Spam Assassin if it should rewrite
your subject line or not as you define. (1 is yes and 0 is no)

subject_tag - What the spam is marked with in the subject line.
(usually ***SPAM*** or something else that could be picked up by your
own mail filters on your mail client of choice)

blacklist_from - An e-mail address you definitely want to be
marked as spam. (you could also use *@something.com to get every email
from that address filtered)

whitelist_from - An e-mail address you definitely do NOT want to
be marked as spam. (you could also use *@something.com to get every
email from that address NOT filtered)



Once you're done, just hit save and whatever you defined on the earlier
page will now be in effect. If you picked to rewrite the subject, then
you could now go into your mail client and write a new "rule" that would
filter all mail with "***SPAM***" to go into a SPAM folder so that you
could check it from time to time making sure you did not get any false
positives.



How do I use the Spam Box?

You can turn your spam box enable and disable from the same
page as Spam Assassin. It's just that easy! With the recent upgrades to
cPanel, the team has been paying more attention to the users of Spam
Assassin.



In the previous build you would need to use a imap client to get to your
spam box. Well not anymore. You can create a "new" e-mail account that
has precisely the same settings as your e-mail account, but add: "/spam"
to the end of the e-mail account user name. This will retrieve only your
Spam Box mail.



In order for this to be useful, you will want to set up your e-mail
client to deliver this Spam Box mail to a special folder (perhaps called
spam?) automatically.




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