Filter Spam with a Whitelist

Question

How can I separate trusted e-mails from the rest?

Answer

This question was answered on February 22, 2006. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

We’ll focus on creating whitelists in Outlook Express, since that tends to be the e-mail reader of choice Most e-mail applications have a whitelist function or equivalent, you just might have to alter this tip slightly to get to the same end Anyway, here’s how to do it:

1. Launch Outlook Express.

2. Go to the Tools menu, select Message Rules, and click Mail.

3. Click the New button.

4. In the Select the conditions for your rules, check Where the From line contains people checkbox.

5. Under Rule Description click the link contains people.

6. Click the Address Book button Select people from your address book that you want to permit to send you mail, and then press OK when done.

7. Press the Options button Under Apply rule if, select Message does not contain the people below, click the OK button.

8. Under Select the actions for this rule: check Move it to the specified folder (note: if you want to move the e-mails to a special folder, you’ll need to create the folder before you create this rule).

9. Click the OK buttons to save your settings.

From this point forward, all e-mails coming from the designated senders will be diverted to a special folder, thereby separating them from the riff raff Cheers!

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Posted by Chad of Data Doctors on February 22, 2006