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Spam and McMaster email accounts, Winter 2016

January 30, 2016 8:46 AM | Anonymous

Many MURA members continue to use their McMaster email accounts after retiring. If you use an email address ending in “@mcmaster.ca”, you are now using the new MacMail system, a Microsoft Exchange service.

Some of you have asked how you can limit spam or junk email (i.e. irrelevant or inappropriate email messages sent to a large number of recipients) coming to your address on the new MacMail email service. To do this, you need to set up email filtering using Outlook Web App (OWA), the web application that allows you to access your McMaster email account.

Start by going to OWA and signing in to your account. Be sure to select the standard version, not the “light” version.

Set your account to automatically direct spam to your ‘Junk E-Mail’ folder. Here’s how: From the ‘Options’ dropdown box at the top right of the page, select ‘See all Options’, and then choose ‘Block or Allow’ from the left menu bar. Select the ‘Automatically filter junk e-mail’ button, then scroll down and click ‘Save’.

It also can help to add what is called an ‘X-Spam-Flag’ which will filter many spam messages based on criteria that are frequently updated and tweaked by the University to capture messages that are likely to be spam. To do this, sign in to OWA, then add an X-Spam-Flag following these instructions

If you still receive messages in your Inbox that you consider to be spam, you can add the sender’s address to a filter so that future messages from that address automatically go into your Junk folder. Using OWA, select the message, right-click on it and choose ‘Junk E-Mail > Add Sender to Blocked Senders List’. (Those who use the Outlook mail program will find similar options available.)

It’s important to check your Junk folder frequently, as it’s possible for messages to end up there that are not considered junk by you. When you find one, again using OWA, right-click on the message, choose ‘Junk E-Mail’, and click to add the sender’s address to your ‘Safe Sender’ list. Always check the contents of your Junk folder before emptying it to prevent losing legitimate messages.  

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