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SpamAssassin Continued

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We previously looked at basic SpamAssassin configuration in this previous article. We are now going to be looking into further advanced testing and configuration of SpamAssassin.

Testing SpamAssassin with GTUBE

Aside from adding keywords used to mark an email as spam which you can find out how to do here, you can also use a string called GTUBE (Generic Test for Unsolicited Bulk Email). If working correctly, SpamAssassin automatically gives it an antispam score of 1000.

Add the following string to the body of the email without line breaks or spaces:

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Understanding cPanel’s SpamAssassin

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How it scores

The SpamAssassin score can be an integer or real number
required_Score = 5
required_Score = 8.2

Emails are marked with a number starting at 0. This is, in-a-sense, how spammy your email is based on a huge number of factors such as content and origination. A higher number means your email is very spam-like while a lower number such as 0 or 1 is a relatively clean email. Take a look at how SpamAssassin marks emails here:  http://help.campaignmonitor.com/topic.aspx?t=104

There are some factors that subtract from the score such as verifying that your email is originating actual server. Your emails should ideally be under 5. You can find out how to increase your emails reputation here.

The number you should be setting for marking email as spam is set under “Configure SpamAssassin.” The lower the number, the more likely your email will be marked as spam. The higher, the more relaxed the filter is. Here’s an example:

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