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4.3   Setting Up a Spam Filtering Drone

As described in the Correct All Mistakes section, you need to tell SpamSieve about messages that it misclassified so that it can learn from them. Also, the sooner you correct SpamSieve the better. This presents a problem if you’re going to be away from your Mac for a while, e.g. if you’re on a trip and using your iPhone/iPad or Web mail. With the normal setup, you can leave SpamSieve running on your Mac at home, and it will clean the spam out of your inbox, but aside from remote-controlling your Mac there’s no way to train SpamSieve.

The drone setup lets you run SpamSieve on one Mac and train it from other Macs, PCs, or iPhones. This setup requires Apple Mail, MailMate, or Microsoft Outlook 2011.

Here’s an outline of how it works:

To set up the spam filtering drone:

  1. Make sure that all the computers are set to connect to your mail account via IMAP, iCloud, or Exchange.

  2. Create two additional mailboxes in each mail account: TrainGood and TrainSpam. (There should not be spaces in the names.)

    Note: If you don’t mind (or in fact prefer) having all of your spam go to one account’s Junk mailbox, you can instead create a single pair of training mailboxes in that account. However, this may make it more cumbersome to move messages into the training mailboxes (e.g. from iOS or Webmail).

  3. Continue following the instructions below for Apple Mail, MailMate, or Outlook.

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