Spam filtering service introduced for University e-mail

Nov. 15, 2002 5:09 p.m.

The Office of Information Technology has introduced a filtering service to help manage the increasing amount of "spam" that floods the University e-mail system. Spam is unsolicited e-mail, often advertisements, sent to many addresses.

OIT has posted instructions and questions online for University e-mail users who would like to download the new service.

The service employs a filter called SpamAssassin that identifies possible spam messages and diverts them from a user's inbox into a special folder. Each user can customize the filter settings to determine which unsolicited messages will be classified as spam.

OIT initiated the service after numerous complaints from students, faculty and staff, noting that spam sent into the University e-mail system has increased 600 percent over the past year.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601