I asked for advice on how to filter emails such that known spam was deleted immediately from the server, while keeping a record in case of false positives. I hoped to do this directly in Apple Mail, but based on my research I found this to be impossible.
So I’ve gone back to using Spamfire, a program from Matterform that does just what I need. I have used it for a while, but in the past few months I started having more and more problems with it – in particular, it seemed to corrupt the mail spool on the POP server I was using. I hope it works better this time around.
Have you tried SpamSieve? Way better than SpamFire (with just a fay days of training). Works with all makor email client.
Michael Boyle says
The problem with SpamSieve is that it won’t immediately delete spam it identifies from the server as far as I can tell.
The problem I’m trying to solve is that I get a lot of spam and though filters are more than adequate to catch all of it, if they remain on the server then that solution is only good for that particular client.
If all the clients were full computers, then even that would be OK. But when one of the clients is a Treo, for which the bandwidth is metered, then it’s unacceptible.
It would be much much better if you could use Applescript to tell Apple Mail to delete anything in the junk folder from the server immediately (or on the following connect), but since that’s impossible, SpamFire is the only viable solution.
Nuno Barbeita says
I have a very similar problem, I get tons of SPAM, usually what happens when you have the same email account for years.
A possible solution for you might be to do what I do, it’s free and highly effective. I use my GMAIL account to filter all my SPAM.
Forward all your email to GMAIL, it will filter out the SPAM for you, keep it in the SPAM folder in case you get any false-positives and then via its POP3 protocol, you can download all your mail to whatever device you want. Set the reply-to to be whatever you want et voila — free spam software.
Only downside is that you’ve giving Google access to your mail! :)
Hope this helps.