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I Hate Spam: Mac OS X Edition

I Hate Spam.

I get lots of SPAM email -- about 75 SPAM email messages per day.

As a result, I need a good SPAM filter.

In this edition of the I Hate Spam series, I wanted to introduce you to the best darn email SPAM filter that I have found for the Mac OS X operating system. SpamSieve.

I've tried both SpamAssassin and DSPAM on my Dreamhost email server. They continue to let SPAM messages through, no matter what I do to "train" and configure them. I have even gone so far as to run my email through SpamAssassin first, then DSPAM second and only deliver it to my inbox if neither believes the message is SPAM. Even doubled up, SPAM continues to get through. More on this in a separate article.

However, I have found a great tool that runs on my Mac OS X laptop and does an excellent job at filing away the SPAM. Not perfect, but pretty darn close, and much better than the combination of SpamAssassin and DSPAM described above.

Don't even bother using the built-in "Junk" folder that Apple includes with It, too, is Junk. Instead, get SpamSieve. It's cheap, well integrated into, and it just works.

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  1. I use SpamSieve as well and it's been fantastic for me. I get over 110 spam messages a day and it gets nearly all of them. If it starts missing some, once I train it with a few messages it starts catching them as well. One of the great things is that I can use it and its corpus concurrently with both Mail(personal) and Entourage(business) so I can benefit from the same trained filter.


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