How to use the UW Spam Gauge to filter junk email

Date: June 6th, 2012 | Category: Email, Office, Office 365, Outlook, Security

Although it is impossible to eliminate spam emails, there are recommended settings to hopefully reduce the number of spam emails reaching your inbox.

It is recommended that you turn off junk mail filtering in both the desktop version of Outlook and Outlook Web App, then create a spam filtering rule using the UW Spam Gauge in Outlook Web App. To do this, follow the directions on this page.

Once you have created this rule, be sure to move it to the top of the list of rules so that it is applied first.

Much more detailed information on how junk email filtering works at UW can be found here and here.

It is still possible for spam messages to make it to your inbox even with the spam filter rule set up correctly.

When you do receive spam, you can help the UW’s spam detection system by forwarding the spam message *as an attachment* (in Outlook, save the email, then attach it to a new email) to This action is totally optional.

If you receive an email with malicious intent (email includes a bogus looking attachment, email asks you to verify or enter your credentials), delete the email, do not download the attachment, do not open the attachment, and do not enter your credentials into suspicious looking websites. When you get a suspicious email, you can report this to UW-IT. They are the team responsible for automated-suspicious-email-blocking. They would need the email-in-question *sent as an attachment*, not just forwarded, (in Outlook, save the email, then attach it to a new email) to This action (mailing the suspicious email, as an attachment, to helps UW-IT’s automated email system become better at blocking malicious emails.

If you receive emails that may not be spam but may not be something you immediately need to address, there is “Clutter.” Clutter is a tool you can train to automatically prevent lower priority messages from ever reaching your inbox. More about Clutter can be found at this website.

If you have any questions after reading this article or if you need any help, please don't hesitate to contact the iSchool IT Help Desk.
(206) 616-3086

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