Spam still isn’t being filtered
I am testing SpamSieve because I am getting an incredible amount of spam daily and changing my email address would be complicated to accomplish. I thought finding a way to filter out the spam would make my email’s mailboxes manageable. I know that SpamSieve has had many recommendations from important computer people just the latest I saw was Ric Ford of MacInTouch fame.
For the last 6 days, I have had SpamSieve 2.9.19 and now 2.9.20 installed on my MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite 10.10.4 public beta 4 and Mail 8.2 (2100) with the SpamSieve Mail plugin 1.8.2. I have checked, double checked and today triple checked that everything is installed and configured properly following your directions.
So far today, I have had over 200 spam emails, none filtered out, which made it into either the Spam mailbox on my Gmail account or the Bulk mailbox on my Yahoo account. There is no filtering being done at Google or Yahoo. I have a Smart Mailbox which displays spam from both accounts together so it is easier for me to delete and now train SpamSieve. The 200+ spam emails I previously mentioned have all been displayed in the Smart Mailbox and I selected all of them then chose to Train SpamSieve to Blocklist them.
The latest statistics are:
34 Good Messages
20 Spam Messages (37%)
3 Spam Messages Per Day
0 False Positives
0 False Negatives
676 Good Messages
936 Spam Messages (58%)
77,259 Total Words
1,165 Blocklist Rules
395 Whitelist Rules
Showing Statistics Since
5/30/15, 11:47 AM
What I notice is the vast majority of items in the Blocklist are defined as Header Is equal To Text to Match. Of the 1,165 Blocklist entries, 14 use Matches Regex (1.2%), 1 uses Starts With (0.09%), 6 use Contains (0.086%), 2 use Ends With (0.17%) and 1142 use Is Equal to (98%). Here is a typical list of From (address) emails which are defined using Equal To:
Note the obviously faked email names and addresses yet I see there are some similarities. None of the 1,165 rules have any hits after being defined so none of the rules that have been auto defined filtered out any spam. My Spam and Bulk mailboxes have accumulated hundreds of emails a day without being filtered out.
Just during the time I have been writing this posting, another 13 spams have arrived. The From addresses are similar but not identical. But all the links in the Bodies have the same 2 domain names. I very much want SpamSieve to work for me but I cannot see any positive results so far. So again:
- How long does it take SpamSieve to figure out how to define rules filtering out spam?
- What else could I have done wrong?
- Does SpamSieve look at links in the Body of emails when trying to define Blocklist entries?
- Is there anything else I could do to speed up the process of defining items in the Blocklist which will filter out the hundreds of spam emails I get daily?
- Why does SpamSieve leave some emails behind rather than moving them to the Spam mailbox on my Mac when it is training SpamSieve? The emails get marked as read but are not moved.
I would appreciate any guidance anyone has for me. Thanks,