"Spam" not just a tasty meat product. It is also the common name for
unwanted email messages, usually advertisements, that show up in your
inbox. Many people receive hundreds of spam messages for each
legitimate email. Eventually a solution will be found.
Until then, these simple steps will cut down on the unwanted email
messages that you receive.
Avoid getting spam
The email server at our institute uses Spam Assassin along with some extra plugins to identify spam. The software uses optical character recognition and can even identify those spam messages that consist of nonsensical text accompanied by an advertisement in an attached image. However, by default the software doesn't delete your spam; it only marks the spam messages by adding the word "***SPAM***" to the subject line. You must take one additional step if you want your spam to be deleted automatically. This can be easily done using the following step-by-step procedure.
telnet brni-jhu.org(Or better yet, use ssh). Use your normal login name and email password.
:0: * ^X-Spam-Status: Yes spam(the character between two colons is the number zero).
Changing your spam sensitivity setting
If some spam is still getting through, or if real messages are being classified as spam, change your spam sensitivity setting as follows:
Blocking specific types of spam
Some types of spam can't be identified by Spam Assassin. Often this spam can be blocked using special procmail rules. We have a large collection of such rules. If you're still getting spam after taking all the above steps, let us know and we will change your account so that these rules also apply automatically to you. Or just copy this .procmailrc script into your home directory. (You may have to edit it first).
If that doesn't work
Some spammers constantly change their "From" address. For example, a company called "Superarray" (superarray.bz) sends us a lot of spam, using a variety of different senders. If you receive a lot of spam from one particular domain, let me know and I'll add them to our firewall. This is an extreme method, since no one at the institute will ever be able to deal with that company again.
If you have trouble
If you can't do these steps successfully, feel free to ask us to do it for you. But please try it yourself first.
For more information about configuring your .procmailrc file, click here.