Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Outlook 2003 Spam Filter

In the last two weeks, the outlook spam filter on my desktop has caught 50 spam messages with 0 spam messaging making it to my inbox and 0 false positives. I had one false positive when I originally set it up, a message from, I simply added it to my white list. I have it set on Low: Move the most obvious junk e-mail to the Junk E-mail folder. I have also added to my safe senders list, they send me E2K3 test questions with lots of link advertisements that got caught as spam.

It as been a pretty good experience overall. Outlook's spam filter is a scaled down version of the algorithms used in IMF. Hmm, 50 spam messages in two weeks, that is a little more than I thought I received, but with the Junk E-mail folder, you really don't notice it all that much. If only we didn't have to use roaming profiles.

My employer's e-mails were most likely classified as spam because of something peculiar in the header, several different from addresses with a different reply to address.

Received: (from mail@localhost)
by (8.11.6/8.9.3) id iAN07ZB23468;
Mon, 22 Nov 2004 19:07:35 -0500
Received: from (IDENT:root@ms02 [])
by (8.11.6/8.9.3) with ESMTP id iAMNk9X03118
for Mon, 22 Nov 2004 18:46:09 -0500

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