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The Best Spamfire Strategy

Ask the right question

People often wonder how they can get Spamfire to recognize more spam. However, it is usually easier and more effective to ask yourself how you can train Spamfire to recognize more good mail. It's hard to guess what future spams will look like, but you probably have a pretty good idea of what your good email looks like. So we recommend that you run Spamfire so that it intercepts a lot of email and then look for ways to avoid false positives.

Intercept more mail

When you are setting up Spamfire, configure it to intercept a lot of mail by running it with a very low spam score threshold. We recommend a score threshold of 30 or even lower. A threshold of 30 means that any message that comes through with a spam score more than 30 points will be intercepted.

Reduce false positives

By running with a low score threshold, Spamfire will intercept a lot of mail, including many false positives. You will need to keep a close eye on the Mail Window for the first few days to find these false positives. Of course, you can rescue any messages that were incorrectly intercepted. But then you should follow these suggestions to avoid false positives in the future.

Take care of the stragglers

By using this strategy, you should be able to get 90% to 98% effectiveness from Spamfire. Of course, there will always be the occasional spam that slips through—you can take these steps to stop more spam. But you should be able to delete almost all your spam with very little effort and very little risk of losing good mail.