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By jeremy at 2004-04-02 11:35
Take Back Your Inbox
by Jeremy Garcia

Not too long ago, email was a wonderful thing. It provided a fast and easy method to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers, regardless of timezone or location. Unfortunately, due to spam and viruses, many people now find email almost unusable. In this month's Tech Support, let's take back that inbox.


The first item on the agenda is eliminating spam. Spam, or unsolicited commercial email (UCE), is not only a nuisance, it's a productivity killer.

SpamAssassin (SA), which is distributed under the same license as Perl, helps put an end to this problem. Using its rule base, SA performs a wide range of heuristic tests on email headers and body text to identify and score spam. SA can also use blacklists and optional modules such as Razor, Pyzor, and a built-in Bayesian filter that learns new spam characteristics.

One of SpamAssassin's greatest assets is its flexibility. You can install SA in a wide variety of configurations, from a local install in your home directory (on a machine where you do not have root access), to a system-wide install that affects all users. You can also configure SA to allow each individual user to set their own rules, thresholds, and settings. And, because SpamAssassin tags messages by adding additional headers, it allows you to control what happens to each message.

To install SA, do the following as root:
# perl

by Bruce Hill on Sun, 2004-04-04 01:41

Great article. Looking forward to more in the future. Will you continue posting
fresh topics even after Linux Magazine resumes your column?

by vinay_s_s on Sun, 2004-04-04 09:22
really nice article jeremy!
keep up the good work ROOT!

by tmillard on Mon, 2004-04-05 13:31
I have heard about f-prot for Linux. I used to use it for Dos.
The Linux version is a no cost dowload (but not Gpl'ed.)
It comes in tgz, deb and rpm packages.

by kenoichi on Fri, 2004-04-09 17:27
nice little article.. heh

by mimithebrain on Fri, 2004-05-21 15:49
so, where is spam assasin, gotta find it on the web?

by jeremy on Fri, 2004-05-21 15:59


by mimithebrain on Fri, 2004-05-21 16:34
Thanks Jeremie
the link works.
~Jeremie replied to me, it's an honor!~

by osvaldomarques on Sun, 2004-08-01 16:38
Hi Jeremy,
I would like to introduce pop3vscan for configurations that have not a mail sub-system. It works in association with a firewall rule which intercepts the pop3 calls, then send the request to the mail server, download the messages, open the attachments, call your preferred virus scanner and if there is a virus, sends a message to your mail box. I use it with clamav. Its home page is
My best regards.


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