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4. The Internet and Other Networks > 48. Use Gmail as a Spam-Catcher

Use Gmail as a Spam-Catcher

You started adding forwarding mail to your BlackBerry’s email address, and now all those spam messages you were getting are going to your BlackBerry. Keep your BlackBerry from turning into a vibrating advertisement platform for pornographers and discount medications.

Some of us have superfancy spam filters based on Spam Assassin, TMDA, and other content filters. We forward copies of all scrubbed email to our BlackBerry address, or we let the BWC or BIS pull the mail from our mail server. This cuts down dramatically on spam and even viruses, Trojans, and other crud that you don’t need to see.

Other users don’t have server-side filtering and instead rely on client-side or desktop-based methods to scrub and sanitize email. The most common among these are the Flag as Spam filters in Mozilla Thunderbird and other email clients. So while you’re filtering your exposure to spam at your local workstation, you’re still pulling it down and letting your software decide the spammy-ness of email and acting on it there. This also means that the spam and such stay on the server for delivery to your BlackBerry.


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