I am totally in love with SpamSieve. An entire family of spam that completely escaped the OS X Mail spam filter, no matter how many times they came in and I clicked “Junk”, have been totally blocked by SpamSieve, some immediately, some after just a single “training” click to mark them as spam. It integrates extremely well with Mail, but it also works with other mail clients. It’s a one-time $30 purchase, and well worth it. A fantastic product.
I set my Mail announcement of new mail to be the sound of a faint whistle. SpamSieve also makes a “you have mail” sound, and that one I set to a low, brief foghorn. That one sounds only if the mail includes “good” mail. I notice I already don’t really hear the Mail sound: my ears are attuned to the foghorn.
A very few times SpamSieve has confessed that it’s unsure, but then I train it with a click (“good” or “spam”, depending on the message), and from then on it’s got it.
Here’s the site, in case you’re tired of spam to the tune of $30. Here’s info on the clients it serves:
SpamSieve is a universal binary that runs natively on both PowerPC- and Intel-based Macs using Mac OS X 10.4 through 10.8. It is designed to work with the following e-mail programs:
- Apple Mail from Mac OS X 10.4 and later.
- Emailer 2.0v3, previously available from Claris.
- Entourage v.X (2001) and later (Entourage 2004 or 2008 recommended) from Microsoft.
- Eudora 5.x or 6.x (in Sponsored or Paid mode) from Qualcomm. SpamSieve will also work with Eudora 8.0.0b1 (a.k.a. Penelope) if you follow the Thunderbird instructions. It does not work with Eudora 8.0.0b2 or later.
- GyazMail 1.2.0 (1.5.8 or later recommended).
- MailForge 2.0.4 and later from Infinity Data Systems.
- MailMate 1.1.2 and later from Freron Software.
- Mailsmith 2.3.1 and later from Stickshift Software. (By applying this workaround you can use SpamSieve with Mailsmith 2.1.5.)
- Outlook from Microsoft Office 2011 and later.
- Outlook Express 5.0 and later from Microsoft.
- Postbox 2.0 and later (not Postbox Express) from Postbox, Inc (non–Mac App Store version).
- PowerMail 4.0 and later (6.x recommended) from CTM Development.
- Thunderbird 184.108.40.206 or 2.x from Mozilla. Thunderbird 3 and later are not compatible with plug-ins for Thunderbird 2.x, and due to changes in Thunderbird it does not look like it will be possible to create a SpamSieve plug-in for newer versions of Thunderbird. However, SpamSieve does work with Postbox, which is an enhanced version of Thunderbird.
SpamSieve works roughly the same way with each mail program. If you use multiple mail programs at once, SpamSieve will share its training data and statistics among them. Emailer, Eudora, Postbox, and Thunderbird provide SpamSieve with access only to parts of each e-mail message, so SpamSieve’s accuracy will be slightly reduced when using these mail programs, although it should still be much better than their built-in spam filters.
SpamSieve does not run on iOS, but you can use it together with your Mac to filter mail on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. This is described in the iPhone Spam Filtering section.
If you use AOL, turn off AOL’s spam filter, follow these instructions to setup Apple Mail for use with AOL and then follow the normal SpamSieve setup instructions in the Setting Up Apple Mail section.
If you use Gmail, follow these instructions to setup Apple Mail for use with Gmail and then follow the normal SpamSieve setup instructions in the Setting Up Apple Mail section. In order to avoid false positives, you may wish to disable Gmail’s spam filter. (Google’s page about that is here.) You may also wish to go to the Labels settings and set All Mail not to Show in IMAP.
If you use Yahoo Mail, you need to upgrade to Yahoo Mail Plus in order to access your account outside of a Web browser. Then set up Apple Mail to access your Yahoo account and follow the normal SpamSieve setup instructions in the Setting up Apple Mail section.