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Chapter 21. Implementing Windows Vista’s... > Blocking Countries and Languages

Blocking Countries and Languages

Windows Mail also has two features that enable you to handle spam with an international flavor:

  • Spam that comes from a particular country or region— If you receive no legitimate messages from that country or region, you can treat all messages from that location as spam. Windows Mail does this by using the top-level domain (TLD), which is the final suffix that appears in a domain name. There are two types: a generic top-level domain, such as com, edu, or net; and a country code top-level domain, such as ca (Canada) and fr (France). Windows Mail uses the latter to filter spam that comes from certain countries.

  • Spam that comes in a foreign language— If you don’t understand a language, you can safely treat all messages that appear in that language as spam. The character set of a foreign language always appears using a special encoding unique to that language. (An encoding is a set of rules that establishes a relationship between the characters and their representations.) Windows Mail uses that encoding to filter spam in a specified language.


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