SpamVault is our new and more powerful tool to help you block incoming spam - "unsolicited commercial email." Although SpamVault is very easy to use, it's also very powerful and if not used properly can delete email you may have wanted to receive. Please read these instructions before using SpamVault as we cannot retrieve lost email. We suggest that you take a few weeks of testing to get a better handle on how to use it effectively.
Begin by Adding an Entry:
SpamVault works a lot like Outlook Filters - you
create "rules" to catch spam, and it does the rest. The
first step is to add an entry in the text box appropriately named, "Add an entry". An example of an entry would be a spammer's email address. SpamVault is not case sensitive, so you can use ALL CAPS or lower case - makes no difference. There are radio buttons called Block-triggers to the right of this box with the letters F,T,R,S & B next to them. These represent the area of the email that is used to trigger the blocking of the email. For instance, the "F" stands for email "From" someone. In the example here, we want to block any email coming "From" the email address email@example.com, so we would make sure the radio button next to the "F" is checked.
The following are the areas of the email that can be blocked:
F = From (block email 'From' someone or some network)
T = To (block email sent 'To' someone at my domain)
Received (block email with special text in the 'Received' section of an email header)
Subject (block email with this word or phrase in the 'Subject' of the email)
B = Body (block email with this word or phrase in the 'Body' of the email
Caution: We thought this would be a good time to warn you. As a beginner, we recommend that you only use the following characters in your entries as other characters will cause very predictable results (all bad). You can use the following characters: A - Z, a - z, 0 - 9, period (.), dash (-), Underscore (_), and the At symbol (@).
Here is what
your entry should look like:
After entering this information press the "Update Entries" button at the bottom:
Entries are sorted by
the block triggers so that all your "From" entries will be together, etc.
Once entered, your entry will show up on the list and looks as
Editing an Existing Entry:
Once an entry is listed, you can change
it in real time just by editing the information. For instance, if you
wanted to test this entry to see if you were still getting email from
this particular address, you might change the status from 'Block' to
'Allow'. You can edit as many entries as you wish but be sure to press
the 'Update Entries' button after you're finished editing.
You can show or hide the configuration data of SpamVault by checking or clearing the box appropriately called "Show Configuration Data" located below the 'Update Entries' button.
Sample Configuration Data Section
Let's review the configuration section.
Where do you want your spam to go. You can delete your spam (AKA Never Never Land) or send it to a special file by placing a check in the box labeled, "Save my spam to a repository file". As this file grows it uses disk space, so it is always a good idea to 'Clear this file' regularly. You must press the 'Update Entries' button for these changes to take place. The quickest way to view your spam repository is to click on the link. See below on your spam email box which may help you recover any spam that should not have gotten blocked. We suggest you use this "save" option to start with so you can see what is being blocked and make sure nothing "good" is being filtered.
Log Blocked Spam. SpamVault can keep a log of all the emails that have gone through your account. As the log file grows, it also uses disk space, so it is always a good idea to 'Clear this file' regularly or uncheck "Keep an email log" which turns off the logging feature. You must press the 'Update Entries' button for these changes to take place.
When logging is on, SpamVault keeps a tab on how many spams it has blocked and is guaranteed to provide a personal sense of satisfaction.
Note: there is a limit to the size (set by your host) that SpamVault will be allowed to use for the repository and log files. If you reach this limit, the next time you open SpamVault you will see a warning notifying you of this that directs you to clear your log and repository files. Until the logs are cleared, SpamVault will then stop blocking spam and logging.
Special Email Attachment Filter. Many viruses are delivered via executable email attachments. When checked, SpamVault will block email with executable attachments. This is not guarantee that you will not catch a virus or that SpamVault will catch every possible executable attachment, however, this is just another safeguard in your toolbox to prevent damage to your computer. This is not a replacement for virus protection software which we recommend you have installed on your own computer.
Spam Email Box
When you installed SpamVault on your account there was a new email box added to your account called spam (assuming that there wasn't one by that name there already). This new box is not like other email boxes in that you should not use it as an address for people to send email to. Instead, it is an easy way to review and manage the spam that has found it's way into your spam repository. For instance, let's say you blocked a piece of email that you wish to recover. You can go to your domain name/up ( for example: mydomain.com/up) in your browser to open webmail which will allow you to manage this new email box. The user name to type in is "spam" and the password is "spam". You can and should change the password via the mail manager in your control panel on your account.
Duplicates will be eliminated:
SpamVault will eliminate any duplicate entries. If the entry is the same but the block triggers are different, then they are not considered duplicates.
Hidden Benefit of SpamVault:
Your account uses bandwidth twice when you receive an email. When the email arrives at the server and when you retrieve it from the server. SpamVault completely eliminates the spam at the server so you will avoid using the extra bandwidth when you check your email. The less email traffic there is, the faster your web site is served up when people visit it.