How Do I Setup
A Spam Filter?
If you do not have the time
or patience to set up and continually modify the spam filtering rules of your
email client, you can use a spam filter that will attempt to
eliminate unwanted emails for you. There are literally hundreds of spam filtering
software packages available on the net for free and for purchase. Be sure to
do some research into particular spam filters before using them. Some filtering
software will only work with certain email clients or operating systems.
Be careful which spam filter
you choose. Some are incredibly simple-minded and will not effectively filter
your email. Others are overly strict, and will eliminate legitimate emails or
send nasty responses to the wrong people. The following is a list of some of
the more well known, widely used, and reputable spam filtering software and
offers a free forwarding email address where all your emails are sent, cleaned
of spam, and forwarded on to your regular email account.
provides a free trial package, and permanent pay packages with disposable
email addresses and email forwarding. You can also download a plugin for outlook.
Mailshell claims the ability to filter out 99% of the spam you receive.
has a number of filters (content, relay, attachement, hyperlink, and image)
that work with any email program and operating system. They use your current
email address without the need for disposable addresses and forwarding. This
is an inexpensive pay service.
Anti-Spam is a second generation spam filter designed for permanent cable,
ADSL, leased line, or ISDN connections. Available for purchase
Spam Killer is a downloadable software package that works with nearly
any email client and account type.
Internet Security contains a number of security features including antivirus,
firewall, privacy control, and of course Norton Spam Shield.
is an email service provider that lets its users charge senders a delivery
fee for all email sent to their accounts. Users may list addresses who won't
be subject to the delivery fee. Email for which the delivery fee was not paid
won't be delivered to the user. CruelMail collects the fee and transfers it
to the user (minus a percentage).
with most Windows POP-based mail clients. It uses a filter list maintained
by the developers on a centralized server, easing the user of the burden of
maintaining their own filters.
There are many other spam
filtering software packages available. Any search engine will bring up countless
possible candidates. Do a little bit of research and decide on the spam filter
that is right for you or your business.