Helper and Proxy Email Accounts

Spamfire can work with your email accounts in either of two different modes:

Proxy Accounts · POP3 accounts can be configured as proxy accounts. When you create a proxy account, Spamfire will import the account settings from your email program so it can connect to your email server. It will also change the settings in your email program so that your email program will connect to Spamfire to retrieve filtered email.

Helper Accounts · POP3 accounts can be configured as Helper accounts and IMAP accounts must be configured as Helper accounts. When you create a Helper account, you must enter all your account settings manually. You do not need to make any changes to your email program. Both Spamfire and your email program will connect directly to your email server. This is how Spamfire 1.x worked. Info about configuring Helper accounts. If you use Helper mode, you can use the Schedule preferences to schedule a mail check in your mail program after Spamfire finishes filtering.

See the comparison of the Spamfire 1 (Helper) architecture and the Spamfire 2 (Proxy) architecture for more information.

All email accounts are configured in Spamfire in the Account Preferences Window.

Proxy accounts can be created automatically only with supported email programs. Supported email programs are listed when you add an account in the Account Preferences window. If you have an unsupported email program, you can configure a POP3 proxy account manually.

For POP3 accounts that you check on your own computer, it is recommended that you configure them as proxy accounts.

IMAP accounts can be imported automatically from a supported email program but will be configured as helper accounts. If you use an unsupported email program, you must configure the IMAP account manually.

If you want to create a POP3 Helper account you must configure it manually.

Creating Helper accounts can be a handy way to filter other people's email for them.