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Filtering Spam

You may have noticed that the listings for some of the messages you’ve received appear in brown-colored text. That’s because Mail suspects that those messages are spam—electronic junk mail that you might not care to receive or read. Mail’s new junk mail filtering can automatically identify junk mail messages (based on the address of the sender) and delete them or move them to a special folder. When you initially use Mail, the junk mail features are in a training mode. To help the junk mail filter correctly identify which messages are junk or not, use the Junk (Not Junk) icon on the toolbar to mark messages. Also create a rule to tell the filter what to do with mail identified as junk mail, such as deleting it immediately. As a last caution, never respond to junk mail. Doing so verifies that a junk mail message reached a “live” email address, which can encourage further junk mail.

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The junk filter can incorrectly identify messages as junk, such as online newsletter messages. Be sure to mark these messages as “not junk,” otherwise they will mistakenly be filtered out in the future.


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