Posted by: Mangesh_Linux_Administrator | November 8, 2010

Minimize the amount of spam you receive to your inbox


There are few simple steps you can follow to minimize the amount of spam you receive to your inbox.

1. Make sure you have spamassasin enabled on the account from cpanel.

2. Don’t Accept Mail to Users Mailboxes That Don’t Exist! – Default Address
By default all unrouted email will be directed to your main mailbox, where it will use disk space and resources of your account. This means that someone can send to anything@yourcompany.com and you’ll still receive it to inbox@yourcompany.com (where inbox is your Cpanel username). This is how spammers send out mass messages as well as viruses. A common practice between worms, viruses and spammers is to generate or create a false email address they think you’ll receive.

Login to your Cpanel, click on Mail, Default Address, at the bottom click  Set Default Address

Select the domain in the drop down menu, I recommend repeating this for all domains listed.
In the to: field – enter
:fail: no such address here

Click on Change to save your changes.

3. Cpanel also has the ability to use Mail Filters – a nice little addon that will examine all your messages, sort them, do the action you tell it ad delivery you the results. This is an excellent method and often unused tool that can save you hours and hours of browsing spam. For example the Sober viruses sends out a series of messages that all have common subjects, you can completely delete anything that meets those exact subjects, preventing your inbox building up with spam and protecting you from viruses.

Login to your Cpanel, click on Mail, E-mail Filtering, at the bottom top click  Create a Filter.
In the Filter section you have two drop downs, the first is what you are filtering.
Subject, From, To, Body, Any Header, SpamAssasin Spam Header.

The next drop down is how you are filtering it.
contains, equals, matches regex, and begins with.

The input box is the filter. Enter the text you want to filter here.

For example, I keep getting spam messages with the same subject and I want to filter them. The spam messages have the subject line: Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical

I’d create a filter as follows:

What? Subject
How? Equals
Filter? Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical
Destination? Discard

This now automatically deletes any messages that I receive with the subject: Ultimate Online Pharmaceutical
so they never even get to my inbox, perfect!

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