Is it possible to create a simple Spam filter within Gmail?

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  1. Ed

    Ed Guest

    Is it possible to create a simple Spam filter within Gmail?

    My previous email address became saturated with junk email. So I
    realized that several extremely simply filters could create an
    extremely effective Spam filter. However I noticed that the filters
    at Gmail and Hotmail apparently couldn't accommodate such simple
    filtering.

    For example: If I see the From Address with the word "ABC", then
    simply put that mail in the Inbox. Several of these one-word filters
    could save all my known emails coming in. All the rest could be
    handled with a test for a word in the Subject Area. Such as: If a
    Subject Line contains the word XYZ then place the email in the Inbox.
    For everything else, throw just it in the trash. Of course an
    outgoing message could instruct anyone what the Code Word would be,
    such as XYZ. I don't believe that spammers are going to put unique
    passwords on each Spam, and of course I could change the password if
    they did. Of course it's also easy to make the code word I provide
    not machine readable.

    However I don't see how such simple one-word filtering could be done
    in Gmail. Is testing for one-word in an Address or a Subject Line too
    complicated to be implemented in Gmail? Apparently there's no way to
    choose what goes into the Inbox in Gmail. So an effective email
    filter actually can't be created in Gmail?

    Thanks, Ed 3/11/2007
     
    Ed, Mar 12, 2007
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  2. Ed

    Ron Martell Guest

    "Ed" <> wrote:


    <snip>

    >However I don't see how such simple one-word filtering could be done
    >in Gmail. Is testing for one-word in an Address or a Subject Line too
    >complicated to be implemented in Gmail? Apparently there's no way to
    >choose what goes into the Inbox in Gmail. So an effective email
    >filter actually can't be created in Gmail?
    >
    >Thanks, Ed 3/11/2007


    The spam filtering at Gmail is pretty much the best that I have seen
    anywhere.

    I have been using a Gmail address on my public newsgroup postings for
    over two years now, so it does attract a fair amount of spam.

    In the past 2 days the Gmail automatic filters have put about 100
    messages directly into the spam folder, and none of these was a legit
    email. In that same period there were 9 message into my inbox, 4 of
    them legitimate messages that I wanted to see and 5 spams.

    I consider that to be a pretty high quality performance. I used the
    Gmail "report spam" function to add the 5 spams to their filters.

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
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    "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
    has never been in bed with a mosquito."
     
    Ron Martell, Mar 12, 2007
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  3. Ed

    Ron Martell Guest

    "Ed" <> wrote:


    >However I don't see how such simple one-word filtering could be done
    >in Gmail. Is testing for one-word in an Address or a Subject Line too
    >complicated to be implemented in Gmail? Apparently there's no way to
    >choose what goes into the Inbox in Gmail. So an effective email
    >filter actually can't be created in Gmail?
    >
    >Thanks, Ed 3/11/2007


    One further thought. Have you looked into Gmails feature to allow
    you to access the inbox from Outlook Express? That would then allow
    you to apply additional rules in OE to anything that got past the
    Gmail filters.

    Good luck

    Ron Martell Duncan B.C. Canada
    --
    Microsoft MVP (1997 - 2006)
    On-Line Help Computer Service
    http://onlinehelp.bc.ca
    Syberfix Remote Computer Repair

    "Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference
    has never been in bed with a mosquito."
     
    Ron Martell, Mar 12, 2007
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