ITS Anti-Spam Service is Coming Soon
By Information Technology Services
This is the second
article in a three part series to prepare the UH community for the upcoming
Information Technology Service anti-spam service. The first article is
available in the News@UH
By some accounts, spam is expected to quintuple annually. Efforts by purveyors
of free e-mail accounts have resulted in aggressive anti-spam measures
that are effective, but also suspected of interfering with correspondence.
The anti-spam strategy for UH is designed primarily to ensure that no
e-mail is lost. E-mail is considered critical information and by design
critical information should not be at risk.
The ITS anti-spam services will offer a limited number of features to
help the UH community avoid spam. These features include:
Spam TaggingAll incoming mail to @hawaii.edu mail
servers is scanned for a variety of characteristics that indicate a mail
is spam. If enough of these characteristics are found, the mail is tagged
as spam. Mail tagged as spam can be easily identified by the subject line,
which will be prefixed with [spam?].
Automatic Spam SuppressionThe ITS anti-spam service
will provide an option that will reduce the amount of spam in your inbox.
This feature is not automatic and must be selected. When automatic spam
suppression is active, suspected spam is written to your junk-mail foldercreated
automatically as neededso that you have the opportunity to view
spam and determine that suppressed mail is indeed spam. The junk-mail
folder has the following characteristics: spam remains in this folder
for only 14 days before being deleted and the folder holds only 5Mb of
spam with the oldest messages being deleted as necessary to maintain the
5Mb limit. These features help protect your mail by ensuring that spam
does not exhaust your mail quota.
The ITS Anti-Spam Service was developed with one additional criteria in
mind, the suppression of spam considered to be particularly offensive
by a vocal segment of the UH communitygraphic porn. The perpetrators
of spam are in an arms race with the developers of anti-spam software.
ITS is estimating that these prevention measures, at least initially,
will nearly eliminate graphic porn and will cut down approximately 2550
percent of overall spam received. There will never be a time when 100
percent of spam will be blocked.
The ITS Anti-Spam Service is being readied for general release by the end of
January 2003. In the last article of this series, the ITS anti-spam service
Web page will be announced along with the date that the service is to be enabled.
In the meantime, you can read
more about SpamAssassin and what it means for the UH community.