Is Boreal doing anything about spam?

Yes! Boreal has installed a mail filtering system called Spamassassin. Spamassassin scans all incoming messages for common spam characteristics, and if it finds enough, it flags the message as spam. How it's handled at that point depends on what spam-handling option you're using (see the options below). More information about Spamassassin and the tests it performs can be found at spamassassin.apache.org.

You have several options for using spamassassin:

  • Option 1: All your incoming mail is filtered through spamassassin. Any mail identified as spam is deleted. If you want this option, you don't need to to anything. By default, all Boreal members use this option.
  • Option 2: All your incoming mail is filtered through spamassassin. Any mail identified as spam is moved to a special Spam folder, and you can access these spam messages via Boreal's web mailer. Spam messages are stored in this folder for 10 days, then deleted. If you want this option, please contact the Boreal office.
  • Option 3: None of your incoming mail is filtered through spamassassin. If you want this option, please contact the Boreal office.

You may change your spam filtering option and also update some of your other spam filtering settings (such as whitelisting and blacklisting addresses) at http://www.boreal.org/phpsaadmin.  Changes to your spam filtering option will take about a day, but changes to other settings will take effect immediately.

In addition to Spamassassin, Boreal has implemented a Greylisting system to reduce spam.  Greylisting is optional - your email will not be greylisted unless you request it.  If your mail is greylisted, the first time an unrecognized sender sends you a message, our system returns it with a "try again later" message.  Most spammers' systems will not try again later, but most legitimate mailers will.  This has a result of significantly reducing your spam.  The side affect is that messages sent to you will be delayed half an hour or more, depending on the sender's system.  The other thing to be aware of is that there are a few legitimate systems who won't try again later, so if you receive mail from one of these systems the message may be dropped.  You can whitelist addresses from these systems to prevent this.

To sign up for greylisting, visit the greylisting sign-up page here.