SPAM Control

Bersoft Private Mail (BPM) can detect automatically junk mail using a Bayesian SPAM filter. Junk mail is moved automatically to the Spam folder, unless Check Spam is turned off in Preferences.


The Preferences settings that modify how SPAM is handled are:


Besides the Preferences settings, there are other things that can affect how messages are checked and if they will be detected as SPAM or not.


SPAM messages pattern change with time, because spammers are always looking for ways to circumvent SPAM detection systems. Because that fact, any SPAM detection method may flag some legitimate messages as SPAM or fail to tag as SPAM some junk mail messages.

To improve the detection ratio of BPM SPAM detection method, the user should mark as SPAM any junk message that is not detected, and mark as Not Spam any legitimate message that was classified as SPAM by  mistake. Each time the user marks a message as Spam or Not Spam, BPM actualizes its Spam Dictionary files, and that will improved the SPAM detection efficacy.



BPM has four lists of email addresses:


To mark a message as SPAM or Not SPAM, or to add its address to the Black List or Personal Address Book, select the message in BPM Main Windows, click with the right button to open the contextual menu or click on the Message menu and select the proper menu item:


If an address is in the Black List, the messages coming from this address will be tagged as SPAM, no matter if the same address is in the Personal or Automatically Collected Address Books or in the White List.

Messages whose addresses are in the White List or Address Books will not be marked as SPAM ever (unless they also are in the Black List).


BPM also has two lists of words, which are defined by the user, that mark messages as SPAM or Not Spam:


Editing the Black, White, SPAM and Not Spam lists

The lists of words and emails can be edited, deleting, modifying or adding entries. To do so click on the Edit menu and select which list you want to edit: