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    Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    Hi,

    Using Mozilla Thunderbird l use the message filters to get rid of any junk mail. But cannot quite see the purpose of the junk mail filter as they both do a similiar job.
    Can any provide an explanation of when it is best to use the message filter and junk mail filter.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    It sounds like you must have a fairly restricted circle of e-mail correspondents - most of which you can easily list out. The Thunderbird junk mail filter does need a fair amount of training, but it does tend to catch a few things that both my message rules and my anti-spam program do not. HTH
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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    Hi,

    Is there anyway the filters can be run before the email gets to the server?
    As if you run them manually it might be to late and a virus etc might have reached the inbox already.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    Server-side filtering - on home e-mail - can only be run by your ISP. In that case, you need to be 100% confident that they will not identify real mail as junk ("false positives"). Alternative steps you might wish to take are <UL><LI>Turning off the Preview Pane <LI>Choosing View|Message Body As| [either] Simple HTML [or] Plain Text on the main Menu Bar. <LI>Also, just because a message comes from someone you know, don't assume it's safe. In particular, watch out for Subject Lines that don't necessarily "fit" with your relationship with that person. Likewise, it does no harm to use "atypical" Subject Lines on your outgoing mail.[/list]HTH
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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    I think l will run the filter on my ISP rather than on Thunderbird.
    As l don't get much spam l am 100% confident they will be identified as Junk

    Justin.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    You can also run what I would call a front-end mail checking program like MailWasher Pro which lets you look at your mail while it IS still on the server. It also has some "training" capability. Very good software, attested to by several here in The Lounge.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    Thanks for that advice l will look at this package.

    Justin

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    FYI, if you don't click on attachments, especially when it's in a spam message, & have a good up to date anti-virus program, you shouldn't have to worry about a virus reaching your inbox. You can delete the message, if it gets through.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    > ... if you don't click on attachments ... & have a good up to date anti-virus program

    My understanding, too.

    This time last year I was using Eudora with EasyNotification on a 56K dial-up. I felt that I needed to preview email on the server to avoid time-costly downloads of large attachments on spam/spoof/junk mail.

    Now I'm on a (what appears to be a 1MB/sec) ASDL line (and have this day switched to Thunderbird 1.0) so the need to filter email on the server has been reduced significantly.

    My only fear now is that a spammer can detect, by virtue of my d/l an email, that I am, indeed, alive and well.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    I run filters at both my ISP and then whem the mail gers to my system, thru Thunderbird.
    Hundreds of messages get killed each day at the ISP.

    I do not enable the built-on junk filters.

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    Re: Using filters in Thunderbird (Thunderbird 0.8)

    Thanks for that.

    Justin.

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