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Delete spam by IP address in Mail.app
Authored by: pderby on Mar 08, '11 05:04:56AM

I've found the best way for me to deal with spam is to have the spam emails captured before they are sent from my mail server to my computer.

Similar to the me.com mail suggestion made above, if you use Google Mail, all your email is filtered through their "Postini" spam service. So if you put Google Mail in the middle, postini will filter out most of the spam. One way to do this is to have your "regular" email server forward all your email to a Google email account. Then set up your mac to retrieve your email from that account. Set your email address in MAIL to your "regular" email address so that is what people see for the reply-to when you send email.

If you have control of your own email server, then subscribe to Postini's services and make Postini your MX record. All your email will go to Postini and what isn't Spam will then be sent to your "regular" email server for you to look at and deal with. That's what I do. The basic postini subscription is cheap.

These suggestions are for those that care to go a little deeper and are able to control their email.

I would LOVE to see people start using x.509 certificates to sign their emails. MAIL, Thunderbird and Outlook all support x.509 certificates. Comodo offers a free certificate that you can get in just a few minutes. Just search for "comodo free email certificate" and read about how this improves authentication of email.

Thinking to the future, if everyone used an email certificate, then it would be easy to have either a computer or an email server refuse all unsigned emails. That would sure stop a LOT of SPAM! If someone signs their email, you have the option to send them encrypted replies. There is even an iPhone app, SMIMEReader, that allows you to read and reply to encrypted email....





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