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Introduction to spamBlocker

spamBlocker is EarthLink's comprehensive system for protecting your Inbox from junk email. This powerful tool begins screening your incoming email and intercepting spam as soon as your EarthLink email address becomes active.

What is spam? It's the common term for unsolicited commercial email — the Internet version of junk mail. In addition to being unsolicited and annoying, spam emails often include advertisements for dubious products, get-rich-quick schemes, or quasi-legal services.

spammers harvest and collect email addresses from Web sites, newsgroup postings, and chat rooms. But you can end up on a list without exposing your address at all. Some spammers guess your email address by taking a common username (like bob@) and adding valid domains to it.

Replying to a spammer and asking to be removed from the mailing list is almost always futile. Replying only confirms that your address is valid, and you'll probably get even more spam.

spamBlocker is designed to provide you with strong spam protection using its default settings. It requires no action on your part. However, if you want to increase your level of spam protection or adjust other spamBlocker settings, you can customize spamBlocker to your preferences.

Integration with Desktop Software

Although you can control spamBlocker completely through Web Mail, certain desktop programs make using spamBlocker much more convenient. Here's a list of programs that feature spamBlocker support.

  • EarthLink TotalAccess (Windows)
    • Open spamBlocker folders and settings conveniently from the TotalAccess Task Panel.

    For detailed help with these features, refer to the Help documentation included with TotalAccess.

  • EarthLink TotalAccess MailBox (Windows)
    • Access spamBlocker folders and settings in the same way you access other email folders.
    • Synchronize contacts between your TotalAccess Address Book and your Web Mail Address Book.
    • Add senders to your Blocked Sender List directly from MailBox.

    For detailed help with these features, refer to the Help documentation included with TotalAccess MailBox.

  • EarthLink TotalAccess (Mac OS X)
    • Synchronize contacts between your Mac OS X Address Book and your Web Mail Address Book.

    For detailed help with these features, refer to the Help documentation included with TotalAccess.

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