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Configuring SpamAssassin in Your Email Hosting

Posted by Jamison on 10 11 2015.

Spam mail is something that everyone wants to get rid of. Thankfully, there are utilities that can help you deal with this pesky email problem. One free tool that can help you block mails coming from undesirable email addresses before they flood your inbox is Apache SpamAssassin. You can access this free software by enabling it in your Control Panel.

 

With the rules set up by this software, an email will undergo several tests. The scores it gets from these tests will determine whether the email can be considered as spam or not. If you enable SpamAssassin’s default setting, it will set a score of 5 to be its basis. Meaning, if an email gets a score of 5 or more, it will be automatically deleted. Naturally, you can modify your settings depending on what you consider as spam or not. The lower the score you set, the more emails will…

Spam mail is something that everyone wants to get rid of. Thankfully, there are utilities that can help you deal with this pesky email problem. One free tool that can help you block mails coming from undesirable email addresses before they flood your inbox is Apache SpamAssassin. You can access this free software by enabling it in your Control Panel.

 

With the rules set up by this software, an email will undergo several tests. The scores it gets from these tests will determine whether the email can be considered as spam or not. If you enable SpamAssassin’s default setting, it will set a score of 5 to be its basis. Meaning, if an email gets a score of 5 or more, it will be automatically deleted. Naturally, you can modify your settings depending on what you consider as spam or not. The lower the score you set, the more emails will be considered spam.

 

Steps in configuring SpamAssassin in your email hosting:

 

  1. Login to your cPanel. SpamAssassin is disabled by default so if you want to enjoy its features, you have to enable it in your cPanel’s home interface.

 

  1. Go to the Mail section of the cPanel and look for the SpamAssassin icon. Once you have found it, just click on the link that says Enable SpamAssassin.

 

  1. After you enabled this tool, a confirmation page will pop up. This will tell you that you have successfully set up the SpamAssassin. Although you can get by with the default settings of this spam blocker software, you have an option to configure its setting to suit your needs.

 

  1. Configure SpamAssassin’s auto-delete function which automatically erases incoming emails that either meets or exceeds the set score limit. In the same page, you can set the score that you want. However, you also have the option to maintain the default score limit of 5. Once you have modified the score, click on the button that says Auto-Delete Spam. If you want to disable this function, just click on the button that says Disable Auto-Delete Spam.

 

  1. Modify other functions on the Configure Apache SpamAssassin page.

 

BlackListing is a tool that permits you to block spam mail from addresses that were bypassed by the filter set by SpamAssassin. If you want to enable the BlackList function, simply type in at the specified section in the Configure Apache SpamAssassin page the specific email address that you want to block. If you want all emails from certain domains to be blocked, simply type *@blockdomain.com (replace blockdomain.com with the website you want to be blocked). You can also block certain subdomains from a particular domain by typing *.blockdmain.com.

 

WhiteListing works by permitting you to bypass the filter set by the SpamAssassin. This can be used for important domains or vital emails from a specific address that you don’t want to be blocked ever. In the text field under “whitelist_from”, simply type specific email addresses you want to white list. For all emails from certain domains, type *@domain.com where domain.com is to be replaced by the website or domain that you want the software to not block. For subdomains, just type *.domain.com on the field provided.