Filter unwanted messages (spam) in Mac Mail
You can use the spam-status generated by the university's anti-spam tool to filter out unwanted messages in Mac Mail on your desktop computer.
To filter incoming messages in Mac Mail, you will have to create a "Spam" folder and create a Rule that will filter the incoming messages.
Create a Spam folder
If you wish your spam mail to be stored in one particular mailfolder, you may have to create it first if you do not wish to use an existing mailfolder.
To create a new mailfolder, open the pulldown menu Mailbox and choose the option New Mailbox.... Then choose a Location and choose a name for the mailfolder. Then click OK to create this mailfolder.
Hint: you might consider naming the new mailbox "Spam"
Create a Spam Rule
To create a filter that will filter spam-tagged messages, open the pulldown menu Mail
and choose Preferences
. Next click on the Rules
tab, and Add (a) Rule
Enter the description Ironport Antispam rule
A. Define the header X-Spam-Status
Now click on the From
of the pulldown menu and verify that the header X-Spam-Status
is present in the list.
If it is not, you will have to add it by choosing the option Edit header list...
on the same pulldown menu (last item). Next click on the +
sign and enter the name X-Spam-Status
and click OK
Now select X-Spam-Status
in the From
Click on the pulldown menu Contains
and choose the option Is equal to
Then fill in the text Yes
in the empty field.
B. Decide an action
The default action is to move the message to a folder. Click on the pulldown menu No mailbox selected
and choose the mailfolder you created earlier (see above).
The rule will look like
Confirm the rule by clicking OK
, close the Preferences window and confirm the changes.
Your incoming mail will now be checked if the header X-Spam-Status: Yes
is present and will move those messages to the spam folder you selected. We do advise you to keep an eye on that folder in the beginning, to see if all goes well.
Peter Van Rossem - firstname.lastname@example.org