Question about filtering junk mail in Mail

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by RickR, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. RickR macrumors member

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    My son has his own MacBook and email address. I am selective with him using it but the problem is he's getting more and more trouble with junk email. I have tried blocking certain repeat emailers but still the emails of course show up in the Junk folder so he can still look there to see blocked email. Also, he has figured out how to go into the Preferences to remove these blocked emailers.
    I know I could simply ban him from email but is it possible to have it send junk mail to another folder that he can't view. Or is there a 3rd party program i can use that he won't be able to delete these blocked email addresses?
     
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Huh? It is not at all clear what you are trying to accomplish. Spammers don't send junk email from a single address. A single spammer may use thousands of fictitious email addresses to distribute his messages. He may also steal tens of thousands of real addresses to distribute his stuff.

    Apple's MacOS X Mail has about the best junk mail filtering philosophy that I know. After a training period, Mail can be set to automatically move junk mail to the Junk Mail folder. There it can be examined to ensure that it was not erroneously flagged as junk. Filters in other clients conceal messages labeled as spam. I have lost important messages this way. Certain email systems block messages from suspect domains. I have also lost messages from such domains as yahoo.com because my firm's spam filter blocked them.

    The takeaway message is that you are following a strategy that is bound to fail. Based on the fact that you son apparently wants to see the junk mail, I presume that you are trying to protect him from porn. I hate to break this to you, but porn is part and parcel of the Internet. If you don't give your son a credit card or some other cybercash account, then he can't buy porn. You may also use MacOS X's parental controls which will block some websites. But, you cannot protect him from spam and allow him to receive email at the same time.

    Some ISP's are more susceptible to spam than others. You might restrict your son to an email account on a less susceptible domain.
     

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