Windows® Live Mail Spam Filter
Windows Live Mail is an e-mail program from Microsoft that comes as part of Windows Live Essentials. Windows Live Mail is actually a successor to MS Outlook Express and Windows Mail. Windows Live Mail comes with better features that help the users to send/receive emails easily. It also supports multiple e-mail accounts allowing the users to manage their different e-mail accounts using the same interface and buttons. The Spam Filter in Windows Live Mail is a security solution that helps the users in reducing the spam messages they get. Spam Filter in Windows Live Mail lets the users to configure it so that it will block those messages that are indicated as spam by the users. Users can also specify a sender address to block all e-mails from that particular address. The in-built spam filter works with every e-mail accounts the users creates. It uses a separate junk folder for each of the e-mail accounts.
Discussed below are some points about Spam Filter in Windows Live Mail and steps for configuring junk e-mail settings:
- More on Spam Filter
- Configuring Spam Filter
- Exclusive Level
More on Spam Filter
Spam Filter is an advanced feature in Windows Live Mail that helps the users to stay away from spam messages. The spam settings in Windows Live Mail are powerful and can be configured for transferring the spam messages to a separate junk folder. The spam messages with which Spam Filter blocks include advertisements, lottery or gift announcements, and unwanted messages that are marked as ‘junk’ by the users. Spam Filter has the ability to learn from users’ preferences and blocks further e-mails that match the users’ preferences.
Configuring Spam Filter
Configuring a Spam Filter in Windows Live Mail is easy and can be completed with a few steps. Click on ‘Options’ menu and click on ‘Mail and junk e-mail’ link. Now click on ‘Junk e-mail filters and confirmation’. Choose the level of protection under 'Choose a junk e-mail filter'. Click ‘Save’ to save changes and create the filter. From now on the spam messages you receive will be redirected to the ‘Junk e-mail’ folder.
In some cases, a hacker can send spam messages to your inbox using several e-mail addresses. In this case marking each e-mail as spam will not be useful as the sender is using different e-mail addresses for each separate e-mail. Windows Live Mail’s Spam Filter has an intuitive option for protecting your inbox from such attacks. While configuring the Spam Filter, you can set the security level to Exclusive Level which will block all e-mails you receive from unknown senders. The Spam Filter uses the address book of the user and blocks the messages that are sent by a sender who is not in the contacts list.
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