How do I create spam filters?
Unwanted solicitation e-mail (sometimes referred to as "spam" e-mail) has become a significant nuisance across the Internet as a whole. Please see below the ways in which our e-mail service provider helps us combat spam e-mail.
- First, please log in to your SAA account. If you are unable to log in, please visit our help with the site login.
- Click "Check E-mail."
- In your SAA e-mail account, click "Services" and then click "Spam Filtering." From here, you can set up personal spam filters based on specific keywords, incoming e-mail addresses, and more. For example, you can block the sending address from which a spam e-mail message was sent, or you can block by a keyword in the subject line, such as "Free."
- Also found in Services > Spam Filtering is a system-wide spam filter that USA.net uses to filter out known spam offenders. You can opt to use this global service or to disable it. If you choose to use it, you can specify whether filtered messages should be moved to a designated "Junk Mail" folder, or should be deleted upon receipt. To update the settings of the system-wide spam filter, click the relevant radio buttons.
- Forward the e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our e-mail service provider will investigate, and may block the sender at the domain level.
- Use the Alias feature located under "Services". You can create up to 10 disposable e-mail aliases that can be used when ordering items online or subscribing to an e-mail list. You can then have the alias e-mail filter to the folder of your choice. You may delete any aliases created if you notice that you are receiving a high volume of spam from a certain alias. While on the Aliases feature, click on the Help button located on the upper right hand corner for additional information.
- Use the White List Filtering feature, also located under "Services". The white list filtering feature allows you to permit e-mails containing key words or e-mail addresses to get through the spam filtering. There is also an option to use your address book as your white list filter, allowing only e-mail from those in your address book and white list filters to get through to your inbox. When this feature is selected, there is no longer any need for any spam filters, because the only mail delivered to your inbox are those from people designated on your White List. While on the White List feature, click on the Help button located on the upper right hand corner for additional information.
- We recommend that you do not use your Stanfordalumni.org e-mail address when purchasing items over the Internet. This will greatly increase the amount of spam e-mail that you and other SAA users receive.
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