Tips for Postini Spam Filtering Using Approved Sender Lists

If you use All Covered’s Email Protection Service, powered by Postini, follow these tips for your white list. Any email address on your Approved Senders list will not be quarantined for spam. An Approved Senders list helps prevent false positives, but they can also cause a vulnerability, because senders can “spoof” mail to falsify the sender address and bypass spam filtering.

Periodic reviews of the Approved Senders lists for your organization and users can help, especially if spoofed spam seems to be getting through filters more often.

End User Tip

As an end user, you can manage your Approved Senders list through the Message Center. Follow these steps:

  1. Log into your Message Center.
  2. Click on the Junk Email Settings link in the top left corner.
  3. Scroll down to the Sender Lists area.
  4. To add a sender, type in the person’s full email address or the domain (ex: domain.com) and click Save to List.
  5. To remove a sender, select that sender and click Delete from List.

Note: It is recommended that you add family, friends and work colleagues to the Approved Senders list so their messages will automatically by-pass the filters.

Administrator Tips

If you have admistrative rights to your account, follow these steps:

To view and modify an organization Approved Senders list:

  1. In the Administration Console, select the organization that contains your users.
  2. In the Org Management, click Sender Lists to view your Approved Senders list.
  3. To remove a sender, select that sender and click Remove.

To view a user’s Approved Senders list:

  1. In the Administration Console, go to Users and find the user.
  2. In the User Overview page, click Sender Lists to view the user’s approved sender list.
  3. To remove a sender, select that sender and click Remove.

You can also use batch commands to view and modify all senders.

To view an org Approved Senders list, along with other org information, use the displayorg command:

  • displayorg ORGNAME

To remove an Approved Senders from the org approved sender list, use the modifyorg command:

  • modifyorg ORGNAME, approved_senders=-SENDERNAME

To view an org Approved Senders list, along with other org information, use the displayorg command:

  • displayuser USERNAME

To remove an Approved Senders from the org approved sender list, use the modifyuser command:

  • modifyuser USERNAME, approved_senders=-SENDERNAME

How All Covered Can Help

If this is an issue for your business, All Covered provides email anti-spam and anti-virus consulting and services for small businesses nationwide.

  • Call us: For a personal consultation, call our friendly sales team at 866-446-1133
  • Email us: Use our contact form and we’ll contact you within one business day.

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