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    Managing Spam Managing Spam Presentation Transcript

    • Managing Your Spam Prepared by Computer Services Updated August 2007
    • What is spam?
      • Spam is unsolicited email, usually sent in bulk to multiple email addresses at a time.
      • Genesee Community College has purchased new spam filtering software called CanIt.
    • CanIt
      • CanIt is software that attempts to determine whether an email message is spam or not.
      • It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty good!
    • [SPAM?]
      • By default, CanIt marks your email with the subject heading of [SPAM?] if it thinks it’s spam.
      • For more control, you can customize the spam filter right on the server.
      • Go to canit.genesee.edu and log in with your domain username and password.
    • Log In
    • Simple Interface
    • Simple Interface - choices
      • No spam filtering.
      • Tag email as [SPAM?] (default).
      • Delete only high scoring spam.
      • Delete medium-high scoring spam.
    • Advanced Interface
      • Experts only? Not really.
      • Allows you to customize your spam settings:
        • Level of filtering.
        • Leave spam on the server.
        • Notification.
    • The Advanced Interface
    • Modifying Your Settings
      • To get started, you only need to know a few things:
        • Trap Contents contains “trapped” spam messages.
        • Preferences is where you modify your settings.
        • Simplified Interface lets you go back to the four choices from before.
    • Edit Your Stream Settings
      • Click Preferences, then Stream Settings.
    • Settings
      • Automatically reject messages scoring more than this amount (5.0 to 2000).
        • Recommended setting: 20 – 2000.
          • Update 10/1/06 – Set this value to 10!
      • Spam threshold (1.0 to 100)
        • Recommended setting: 5
      • Handling for messages containing viruses or Windows executables.
        • No need to modify this setting.
    • Settings
      • Only tag spam -- do not hold messages.
        • Turn this off if you want spam to be held on the server (in the Spam Trap).
      • E-mail address for notification of pending messages.
        • Make sure this is your primary email address.
      • Enable Bayesian analysis
        • Recommended Setting: YES!!! This is the “learning” feature of CanIt.
    • Settings
      • Add links to messages to train Bayesian analyzer.
        • Set this to “Inline” if you want CanIt to append links to the end of incoming email. This is good if CanIt misses a lot of spam.
    • Training
      • Do the “inline” option
      • When you get spam messages, click on the “this is spam” line
      • While a nuisance, do this for all your spam
      • The more everyone ‘teaches’ CanIt that something is spam, the faster it goes away
    • The Trap
      • The Trap is where spam ends up if you turn the “only tag spam” option off.
      • Go to “Pending” to see all messages that have recently been marked as spam.
    • Trap Contents Make your choices and click submit!
    • Back to Simpler Times
      • If all of this is too intimidating, you can go back to the simple interface quickly and easily.