Managing Your Spam Prepared by Computer Services Updated August 2007
What is spam? <ul><li>Spam is unsolicited email, usually sent in bulk to multiple email addresses at a time. </li></ul><ul...
CanIt <ul><li>CanIt is software that attempts to determine whether an email message is spam or not. </li></ul><ul><li>It’s...
[SPAM?] <ul><li>By default, CanIt marks your email with the subject heading of [SPAM?] if it thinks it’s spam. </li></ul><...
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Simple Interface
Simple Interface - choices <ul><li>No spam filtering. </li></ul><ul><li>Tag email as [SPAM?] (default). </li></ul><ul><li>...
Advanced Interface <ul><li>Experts only?  Not really. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows you to customize your spam settings: </li><...
The Advanced Interface
Modifying Your Settings <ul><li>To get started, you only need to know a few things: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Trap Contents co...
Edit Your Stream Settings <ul><li>Click Preferences, then Stream Settings. </li></ul>
Settings <ul><li>Automatically reject messages scoring more than this amount (5.0 to 2000). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recommen...
Settings <ul><li>Only tag spam -- do not hold messages. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Turn this off if you want spam to be held on...
Settings <ul><li>Add links to messages to train Bayesian analyzer. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set this to “Inline” if you want ...
Training <ul><li>Do the “inline” option </li></ul><ul><li>When you get spam messages, click on the “this is spam” line </l...
The Trap <ul><li>The Trap is where spam ends up if you turn the “only tag spam” option off. </li></ul><ul><li>Go to “Pendi...
Trap Contents Make your choices and click submit!
Back to Simpler Times <ul><li>If all of this is too intimidating, you can go back to the simple interface quickly and easi...
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Managing Spam

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

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