SpamShield Pro with Anti Virus Protection powered by Sophos


Business Challenge

Castles
customers include consumers and small to medium businesses. The system we use handles around three billion email messages per month. Our solutions are built on a highly scalable infrastructure and includes advanced services such as IMAP (Internet Messaging Access Protocol) and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol). It's essential that subscribers to Castles.com's email services are secured against threats and from malware and unwanted messages.

Castles
aims to take the hassle out of managing email for all its customers, and first-class virus protection is a must.

Technology Solution

Sophos technology safegaurds Castles.com's SpamShield Pro users against infection by viruses, spyware, and Trojans, as other malware. Automated tuning technology in the Sophos anti-spam engine constantly balances a range of detection techniques to prevent protection failures, and new spam rules are automatically received from SophosLabs™ - a global network of threat analysis centers. Sophos's anti-virus and anti-spm solutions both use Genotype™ technology to block families of viruses, spam, and phishing campaigns, protecting against previously unseen threats even before specific detection is available.

Business Results

During three years of testing and using Sophos anti-virus technology, Castles has progressively changed the way it handles email, providing its customers with an improved email experience.  Instead of distracting users with alerts about viruses, the Sophos virus protection engine is fast enough to be able to decline connections at the email server level if viral content is detected. All users see is virus-free email and messages can be processed much faster.

SpamShield Pro Overview

To access your Web Mail go to castles.com and click on Web Mail at the top of the page.
Enter your "Full" email address and password.

SpamShield Pro is a user configurable suite of tools to reduce junk email.

To access SpamShield Pro, login to your Web Mail account, then choose Options, and then SpamShield Pro.

There you will be able to customize SpamShield Pro’s settings:

Enable SpamShield Pro
Turn all of SpamShield Pro’s options on or off.

Sensitivity
Classify a message as spam based on a SpamShield Score that you choose.
A high SpamShield Score indicates that a message is more likely to be spam.
The default setting is 2.5  – If you raise the number it will allow more spam into your IN box.
You should lower the number to 2.0, 1.5 or 1.0 to reduce the spam.

Move spam to INBOX
Automatically file spam into a folder of your choice.

Tip: If you use Web Mail or IMAP, you can have SpamShield Pro automatically move spam to the Spam folder.
If you POP, it is recommended that you leave spam in your INBOX and enable the Insert SpamShield Score feature described below.

Hide images
In Web Mail, this option blocks image tags from messages in the Spam folder to block image-based web bugs and graphics that may be offensive.

Insert SpamShield Score into messages as header
This option gives advanced email users the ability to create an email rule in their favorite email program that recognizes the SpamShield Score so it can perform additional actions on the junk email.

Approved Senders
SpamShield Pro will not affect messages received from email addresses on this list.

Blocked Senders
SpamShield Pro can reject all messages sent from email addresses on this list.

Block returned ("bounced") messages for email that you did not send
SpamShield Pro includes BounceShield which can reject bogus bounces caused by spammers and trojan horses.

Block all senders that are not Approved Senders
SpamShield Pro can reject all messages sent from email addresses that are not on the Approved Senders list, sometimes referred to as a greenlist.

Tip: Be sure to choose the Save button at the bottom of the SpamShield Pro Options page if you want to save your adjustments.


SpamShield Pro Approved & Blocked Senders List Limit

The maximum number of Approved Senders and Blocked Senders depends on whether you have SpamShield Pro or SpamShield Lite.

When you reach the limit, the SpamShield Options page will display an error message such as:

New addresses cannot be added to your list because the limit of 500 has been reached. To add new addresses, please delete enough existing addresses so that the limit is not exceeded.

The SpamShield Pro Actions menu will display an error message such as:

sender@example.com cannot be added to Blocked Sender List because of quota limit

Other SpamShield Pro Actions menu actions, such as moving a message to the Trash folder, will still be performed on the message.

Tip: Web Mail Email Rules can be used to approve and block senders based on advanced criteria.


SpamShield Pro Does Not Check External Mail

SpamShield Pro currently does not analyze messages retrieved from other email accounts in Web Mail via the Check External Mail feature.


SpamShield Pro Order of Operations

Messages are processed in the following manner:

  • Email Rules set by the client (in the Control Center) take precedence over user-defined rules (e.g. Web Mail), and SpamShield.
  • Approved Senders lists at any stage overrules Blocked Senders lists at any later stage.
  • Blocked Senders lists at any stage rejects messages unless a prior stage matched an Approved Senders list.

SpamShield Score Not Inserted As Header When Message Is Not Spam

SpamShield Pro currently does not insert the SpamShield Score as a message header if the message is not spam.

SpamShield Score Overview

SpamShield Pro calculates a SpamShield Score for every message it analyzes.
The higher a message's SpamShield Score, the more likely it's junk email.

SpamShield Pro assigns points to a message for suspicious indications of spam such as having "ADV" in the subject line, and reduces points for characteristics of legitimate email such as having a valid sender.

On average, a message with a cumulative SpamShield Score greater than 3 is most likely junk email.

You can customize the maximum SpamShield Score that a message is allowed before SpamShield Pro considers it to be spam by adjusting SpamShield Pro's Sensitivity.

Sensitivity
Classify a message as spam based on a SpamShield Score that you choose. A high SpamShield Score indicates that a message is more likely to be spam.

Reduce False Positives

Here are some tips to reduce the chance of a false positive, when SpamShield Pro incorrectly marks a message as junk email:

Add the sender to your Approved Senders list
SpamShield Pro will ignore messages sent from specific email addresses or entire domains on your Approved Senders list. Alternatively, you can use the Email Rules in Web Mail to have SpamShield Pro skip messages based on more detailed criteria.

Adjust SpamShield Pro's Sensitivity
SpamShield Pro considers a message to be spam if its SpamShield Score is greater than the minimum SpamShield Score you set. If you notice that SpamShield Pro is making a lot of mistake (sic), increase its tolerance by raising the minimum SpamShield Score.


How to setup SpamShieldPro with MS Outlook
This option gives advanced email users the ability to create an email rule in MS Outlook that recognizes the SpamShield Score to perform additional actions on the junk email.

Note: MS Outlook Express for Windows does not support the ability to filter based on information in the email headers.

Many users of MS Outlook want to be able to see the messages that are being flagged as Spam without having to log into Web Mail. Again, this assumes that you have setup your SpamShield Pro settings to the following settings from within your Web Mail:

1 - Move Spam to INBOX
2 - Insert SpamShield Score into messages as header

From within MS Outlook

Go to Tools > Rules or Rules Wizard

1 - Create a New Rule
2 - Check Messages When They Arrive
3 - With Specific Words in the Message Header
4 - Click on link to add the word: SpamShieldScore

With SpamShieldScore in the Message Header

5 - Select to move the message to a specified folder
6 - Finish

With this rule, when a received message is above your SpamShield Pro Score setting, the message will arrive into MS Outlook with "X-SpamShield: SpamShieldScore" in the email header.

With the Email Rule settings in Outlook, this message will be moved to the selected folder allowing the user to see the messages that have been flagged as Spam by SpamShield Pro.


SpamShield Pro And Email Aliases

An email address protected by SpamShield Pro that has one or more Control Center email aliases pointed to it is also protected against unwanted email that may be sent to the Control Center email aliases.

SpamShield Lite Overview (provided on all email boxes at no charge)

SpamShield Lite automatically blocks sources of spam attacks. Intelligent monitors ban specific IP addresses where spam originates. BounceShield rejects bogus returned messages caused by spammers and trojan horses.

To access SpamShield Lite, login to your Web Mail account, then choose Options, and then SpamShield Lite. There you will be able to customize SpamShield Lite’s settings:

BounceShield
Block returned ("bounced") messages for email that you did not send.

Approved Senders
SpamShield Lite will not affect messages received from email addresses on this list, sometimes referred to as a whitelist.

Blocked Senders
SpamShield Lite can reject all messages sent from email addresses on this list, sometimes referred to as a blacklist.

Tip: For advanced spam protection, upgrade to SpamShield Pro.


Report Spam & Delete Feature

On May 2, 2006 Castles implemented our new “Report Spam & Delete” feature.

For users with SpamShield Pro*, you will notice “BLOCK senders & move to: Trash” has been changed to “Report senders & move to: Trash.” This will allow you to report the email as spam and delete the email. Users can still use the block sender list, however, using the report senders & move to trash feature, provides the same protection from spam without filling up your block sender list.

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For users with SpamShield Lite*, you will notice the addition of “Report Sender & Delete” when reading email. This will allow you to report the sender as a spammer and delete the email.

Note: For some SpamShield Lite users this option may not be visible. If your administrator has turned this feature off, you will not see the link.

* To determine if you are a SpamShield Pro user or a SpamShield Lite user, login to your Web Mail account and go to your Options page.


 

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