Email SPAM FILTERING options

AmeriWeb Hosting now offers three methods of filtering email for spam. Standard filtering is included with all email accounts, and catches approximately 85% of all spam. Enhanced Domain Spam Filtering and Enhanced Email Spam Filtering catches approx 98% of all spam. Because we use an outside service for enhanced filtering, there is an extra charge.

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Enhanced Email Spam Filtering uses an outside service to filter all email for spam. This optional service is available to you by subscription and must be turned on to function for your site. The cost is either $2 per month or $12 per year. This is a per email cost, so if you have multiple emails you wish filtered, multiply the cost x the number of email accounts to be filtered. NOTE: If you have more than a few email accounts, use Enhanced Domain Spam Filtering.

A free trial is available so you can see the service in action at no cost. This service currently has over 2.6 million filters that scrub email of spam, and they tweak their filters with real human testers for accuracy. At this cost, it is quite a bargain.

Please let me know if you would like to have this service enabled for your email accounts. Again, there is no cost to you for a free trial account.


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Enhanced Domain Spam Filtering uses an outside service to filter all email for spam. This optional service is available to you by subscription and must be turned on to function for your site. The cost is either $6.95 per month or $60 per year. This is a per domain cost, so if you have 1 email or 100 using your domain name, the cost is the same.

A free trial is available so you can see the service in action at no cost. This service currently has over 2.6 million filters that scrub email of spam, and they tweak their filters with real human testers for accuracy. At this cost, it is quite a bargain.

Please let me know if you would like to have this service enabled for your email accounts. Again, there is no cost to you for a free trial account.

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Standard spam filtering is included free with every email account on our servers. It uses several different layers of spam filtering, including known spam blacklists, keyword filtering, greylisting, spamassassin and blacklisting.

SPAM BLACKLISTS - we use several DNS blacklists including spamhaus and spamcop. Both were selected because they filter based upon the sender's IP address, not the return address domain. This prevents someone from spoofing your email address to send you spam. Both also will quickly remove an IP address that no longer spams. Useful if a customer removes a trojan and the spam ceases, or a host deletes a spam hosting account. Once the issue is resolved and the IP is no longer a source of spam, blocking is removed and email will pass the filter again.

KEYWORD FILTERING - we currently filter the words viagra, vicoden, phentermin or Pfizer which eliminates hundreds of emails in itself!  

SPAMASSASSIN - uses preset rules to score each email. Lower scores are passed through, higher scores are marked with [SPAM] in the subject line. We do not filter these out at the server level, but you can easily set up a rule to automatically filter them. See our KNOWLEDGEBASE for more information on using rules.

BLACKLISTING - used rarely as a spammer tends to pick different emails each time they send out. This can be used to stop harassing emails from one source.

To set up custom rules to with additional keyword filtering (including automatic filtering of emails deemed to be spam by spamassassin) see SPAM FILTER RULES help topics.

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