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Part 8. Getting Online > Intercepting Spam in Mail

Intercepting Spam in Mail

In Mail, choose Mail, Preferences.

Click the Junk Mail button to see the spam options.

Click the Enable Junk Mail filtering check box.

Click a radio button to tell Mail what to do with junk mail it receives.

INTRODUCTION

Spam (or junk mail, or unsolicited commercial email) is everywhere, and it's increasing by the moment. Email users are constantly looking for new ways to deal with the deluge, and Apple has done its part by including a built-in, smart junk mail filter in Mail. With your help, the filter learns to better recognize spam day by day.


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How Does It Work?

Mail recognizes junk mail using what Apple calls “latent adaptive semantic analysis.” The program scans email messages for certain word patterns—not typical spam keywords such as “make money,” but speech patterns spammers tend to use.


Click the check boxes to indicate which types of email shouldn't be considered spam.

Click the check box to take advantage of junk mail prefiltering done by your ISP.

Click Reset to make Mail forget the list of known junk mail senders and subjects it has compiled.

Click Advanced to create your own junk mail filter (see the task “Filtering Email in Mail” for more information); then click OK when you're done creating the filter.


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