Keep unwanted email messages out of your Inbox with Apple Mail!

Take Control of
Spam with Apple Mail

Joe Kissell

Stamp out spam in Mail with Joe Kissell’s meticulously researched steps! Learn how Mail filters spam, how to optimize the Junk Mail filter, and how to fix a spam-clogged incoming queue. Joe also reviews third-party options that can identify spam even more accurately.

This product has been discontinued.

Covers Mail in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther through 10.6 Snow Leopard.

Stamp out spam in Apple Mail by following email expert Joe Kissell’s meticulously researched steps! Gain insight into the types of spam, why you get so much of it, and how to handle fraudulent or malicious messages. This book explains how Apple Mail filters out spam, and it discusses eight ways to optimize the Junk Mail filter, as well as how rules interact with the Junk Mail filter. Is spam still sneaking through? Joe introduces you to third-party options that catch even more spam.

Bonus! Includes a $5-off coupon for SpamSieve, Joe’s favorite spam-fighting utility! (The coupon is on the last page of the book.)

Questions answered in this book include:

  • How does Mail’s Junk Mail filtering really work?
  • How does the spam filter use my Previous Recipients list?
  • How could a spammer’s email addresses get on my Previous Recipients list?
  • What can I do to not get so much spam in the first place?
  • What’s the deal with email that pretends to come from my bank?
  • What features should I look for in a spam-fighting utility or service?
  • Should I try server-based filtering?
Joe Kissell

About Joe Kissell

Take Control publisher Joe Kissell has written more than 60 books about technology, including many popular Take Control books. He formerly wrote for publications such as Macworld, Wirecutter, and TidBITS. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife and their two sons.

What’s New in Version 1.5

This version updates the book with changes to third-party spam filters and Joe’s latest spam-fighting advice. The book still covers older versions of Mac OS X back through 10.3 Panther, but it’s also updated for 10.6 Snow Leopard. The most significant changes are these:

  • Revised the advice on antivirus software.
  • Added a discussion of using an email provider that offers excellent server-side spam filtering.
  • Updated the description of MobileMe settings to reflect the current Web interface.
  • Improved the instructions on keeping a junk mail archive.
  • Removed details about two Mac spam filters (JunkMatcher and Spamfire) that are no longer under development and revised the description of Intego’s Personal Antispam (now part of Internet Security Barrier).
  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start to Controlling Your Junk Mail
  • Learn about Junk Mail
  • Learn about Junk Mail Filtering
  • Optimize Your Junk Mail Filter
  • Go beyond the Junk Mail Filter
  • Appendix A: Rules
  • Glossary
  • About This Book
  • August 20, 2013 -- We have no particular plans to update this ebook.