Spam Management

July 26, 2008

According to Tech Guy Labs:

“The longer you use an email, the more SPAM you will get. The easier your email is “guessable” by spambots, the more spam you’ll get. The more listserves you’re with, the more SPAM you’ll get. Leo, for instance, gets over a million spams a month!

Leo’s 3 stages for Spam management:

1) use an external service. Leo uses MailRoute.net. There’s also onlymyemail.com. These are for pay services that block out spam.

2) Use Spam Assassin on your server.

3) Finally, a local solution like Mail Washer.”

Another option, when using services like Hotmail or Yahoo, in recent years, have spam-catching services that seem to catch most, if not all, spam or junk email. You can also have the junk email filter spam to specific folders. Microsoft Outlook has similiar options. You can also use a Junk Email Senders List, and filter to specific folders as well.

In Outlook, right-click email, choose “Junk E-Mail”, and “Add to Blocked Senders List”. From that point on, Outlook filter those emails to the Junk Mail folder. You can also right-click messages and “Create a Rule”, so the message is automatically filtered to the folder you designate.

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Using Outlook to Access web-based Email

January 12, 2008
  • You will need a paid email account from Yahoo or Hotmail
  • Go to the mail settings and you should get POP information
  • Enter the POP information into Outlook and you’ll be able to access the email from Outlook.
  • There are free programs that are available that will allow you to access Hotmail or Yahoo, but they’re finicky in that they sometimes work, and sometimes don’t. One such example is YPOPs from www.ypopsemail.com, though it doesn’t always work.
  • Hotmail support is built into Outlook, but only works with Hotmai accounts created before 2004, and it’s hit-and-miss. Hotmail currently has no stable way, paid or otherwise, to access it from Outlook or any other client. You must go to the website to check your email, which is rather silly. 
  • POP3 access is not free with the US version of Yahoo Mail, but it is with the Canadian version at http://mail.yahoo.com. If you have an account with the US version, you can forward it to your Canadian Yahoo account. For Yahoo Canada, the send and recieve information for the incoming is ‘pop.mail.yahoo.ca’, and the outgoing is ‘smtp.mail.yahoo.ca’.
  • To access your Account Settings in Outlook, click on the ‘Tools’ menu and choose ‘Account Settings’ to review the information.