How to Setup Spamassassin

Spamassassin is a great way to cut down on the amount of spam you receive through email.

This guide will show you how to turn Spamassassin on, and its basic setup. However, Spamassassin can be customized greatly. For advanced Spamassassin setup, please consult the Spamassassin website.

Direct Admin
  1. Login to your Direct Admin. If you do not know how to login to your Direct Admin, please contact Support
  2. Under Email Management, click Spamassassin Setup.
  3. If Spamassassin is not enabled, click the button to enable it.
The next few sections explore the setup:

Where do you want the spam to go?

Inbox (Don't Block It) - The Spam will continue to go into your inbox.
Redirect it to the catch-all spam folder in your main imap account - This will put the Spam into a global spam folder, spam from all your email accounts will go into this folder.
Send the spam to the user's spam folder - This is the default choice. It puts the spam into a subfolder called "Spam" in the same user's email account.
Delete the spam - Immediately deletes all Spam (Not Recommended)

What score threshold do you wish to use?

Spamassassin uses a scoring method to determine if an incoming email is Spam or not. Each incoming message gets scored and then Spamassassin will do something with the email based on its score. Changing the scoring threshold changes how strict Spamassassin is. Low (5.0) is the default and recommended setting. But if you find you still continue to receive a lot fo spam, you can change this to a higher score.

Would you like to delete high scoring spam?

Here you can set Spamassassin to automatically delete incoming mail that scores over a certain amount.

Do you wish to rewrite the subject of a spam email?

This allows Spamassassin to change an email's subject line if it is scored high enough to be concidered Spam. Default is set to on and is recommended.

How should the spam be delivered?

This setting tells Spamassassin what to do with the contents of a Spam message. Default setting is to use an attachment.

Blacklist and Whitelist

These options are covered in Another Article.

Basic Spamassassin setup is now complete.

  1. Login to your cPanel. If you do not know how to login to your Direct Admin, please contact Support
  2. Under Mail, click Apache Spamassassin.
  3. If Spamassassin is not enabled, click the button to enable it.

On this page you can also setup the Auto-Deletion of Spam, which is not recommended. Basic Spamassassin setup is now complete.
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