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Ten Tips for Overcoming Email Overload
Three Anti-Spam Filters
by Kaitlin Duck Sherwood,
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Sherwood's Top Three Spam Filters in Netscape
These filters are for Netscape 4, but filters haven't changed that much
in Netscape 6 (or even in Mozilla 1.0, for that matter).
I repeat that it is absolutely essential that you explicitly keep
all messages from people whose messages you want. In Netscape, this is
a bit tedious.
- Open the Filters window by selecting
- Click on the New button on the right.
- Select the radio button that says Match on any.
- Change the menu that says subject to sender.
- Type someone's email address in the box to the right of the menu
that says contains.
- Click on the button that says More.
Repeat steps 3 and 4 for all your "good" correspondents. (Hint: if you want to
whitelist everybody in your company, type in your company's domain name.
For example, if you work at Floss Recycling.com, type
flossrecycling.com in the box from Step 4.)
- Close the window.
To find messages with embedded images:
I haven't found any word in the English language that contains "IMG" -- except
for the city Primghar, Iowa. This filter will mistake any messages that
mention Primghar for spam.
- Do steps 1 and 2 from the Whitelisting filter.
- Change the menu that says subject to body.
- In the box next to contains, type IMG.
- Next to Move to folder, select a folder to move the message
- Close the window.
No Real Name
Unfortunately, Netscape doesn't notice spaces in filters. I thus haven't
been able to figure out a way in Netscape to catch messages with no "real name".
Unfortunately, because Netscape doesn't recognize Spaces in filters,
there is no way to make this filter in Netscape.
These filters won't catch all spam, but they will catch a lot of it -- and
they are absolutely free to set up.
Updated 29 April 2002.