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COMIS Spam Filter Overview & Instructions

How does the COMIS Spam Filter work?

  • The system uses the Microsoft Intelligent Message Filter (IMF) to assess each incoming e-mail. IMF assigns each e-mail a Spam Confidence Level (SCL) score.
  • E-mail that is considered to be spam based on its SCL score will be delivered to your Junk E-mail folder in Outlook.
  • E-mail that is not considered to be spam based on its SCL score will be delivered to your Inbox folder in Outlook.
  • Future handling of e-mails based on the sender can be managed through the use of the Safe Senders List and the Blocked Senders List in Outlook. Each user manages their own Safe Senders List and Blocked Senders list.
  • E-mail delivered to your Junk E-mail folder will be automatically deleted after 60 days.

Instructions for using the COMIS Spam Filter in Outlook 2003.

Add the sender of a particular e-mail to your Safe Senders List
  • Right-click on an e-mail from the sender you want to add to the list.
  • Put your mouse over the Junk E-mail option.
  • Choose Add Sender to Safe Senders List.
Add the recipient address of a particular e-mail to your Safe Recipients List
  • Right-click on an e-mail sent to the list you want to add to your Safe Recipients List.
  • Put your mouse over the Junk E-mail option.
  • Choose Add Recipient to Safe Recipients List.
Add the sender of a particular e-mail to your Blocked Senders List
  • Right-click on an e-mail from the sender you want to add to the list.
  • Put your mouse over the Junk E-mail option.
  • Choose Add Sender to Blocked Senders List
Manage your Junk E-mail Options, including your Safe Senders List, Safe Recipients List, and Blocked Senders List
  • Click on Actions in the Outlook menu, put your mouse over Junk E-mail, and choose Junk E-mail Options.
  • If the following box appears click on the Please do not show me this dialog again box and click OK.
  • Most of the settings in the Options tab are pre-set and cannot be changed. This image shows the recommended configuration for this tab.
  • The Safe Senders tab allows you to view and edit the contents of your Safe Senders List. This image shows the recommended configuration for this tab. Your list will most likely contain some e-mail addresses.
  • The Safe Recipients tab allows you to view and edit the contents of your Safe Recipients List.
  • The Blocked Senders tab allows you to view and edit the contents of your Blocked Senders List.
  • The International tab allows you to block e-mails sent from certain countries based on the sender's e-mail address. Configuration changes to this tab are not reccomended. If you would like to block e-mail addresses from particular countries you should call the College of Medicine Help Desk at 656-7300 for support with this.

Instructions for using the COMIS Spam Filter in Outlook Web Access (OWA).

Add the sender of a particular e-mail to your Safe Senders List
  • Right-click on an e-mail from the sender you want to add to the list.
  • Choose Add Sender to Safe Senders List.
Add the sender of a particular e-mail to your Blocked Senders List
  • Right-click on an e-mail from the sender you want to add to the list.
  • Choose Add Sender to Blocked Senders List.
Manage your Junk E-mail Options, including your Safe Senders List, Safe Recipients List, and Blocked Senders List
  • Click on the Options button located in the menu bar on the bottom left-hand side of the screen in OWA.
  • Scroll down to the Privacy and Junk E-mail Prevention section.
  • This image shows the recommended configuration for this section.
  • Click the Manage Junk E-mail Lists button.
  • Use the dropdown menu to select the list you want to view or modify.
  • Click the Add button to manually add an e-mail address to the selected list.
  • Click the Edit button to edit the currently highlighted e-mail address in the selected list.
  • Click the Remove button to remove the currently highlighted e-mail address from the selected list.

Last modified August 16 2013 12:58 PM