Appendix A. Advanced Configuration

The "Advanced" pane of the Options dialog contains various advanced configuration options that most users will have no use for. These options are described in this appendix:

DNSBL Time-Out interval - DNSBL services are sometimes overloaded with requests, and can be rather slow. To prevent your mail checking from becoming prohibitively sluggish, SpamSpector will "time-out" (stop waiting for) DNSBL queries after 20 seconds. You can use this option to change this interval; lengthen it if you're seeing the "X-SpamSpector: PASS TIME-OUT" header a lot and don't mind your email checking taking longer; shorten it if checking your mail seems to take forever and you don't mind a few extra spams not getting filtered into your spamtrap folder.

Maximum simultaneous DNSBL queries - allows you to set how many DNSBL queries SpamSpector should make at the same time. If you use lots of DNSBL lists and/or check lots of mailboxes simultaneously, increasing this figure can result in a performance increase.

Don't filter mail at all - allows you to disable all of SpamSpector's spamfiltering features.

Don't filter mail on automatic whitelists - disables filtering of mail against the automatic whitelists. Note that email & I.P. addresses will still be added to the automatic whitelists, it's just that they won't have any affect. It effectively turns the automatic whitelists into lists of "seen" email and I.P. addresses that are candidates to be moved to the whitelist after due consideration.

Remember positive (spam) DNSBL results & Remember negative (non-spam) DNSBL results - allows you to control for how many days SpamSpector should cache the results of queries to DNSBL services. The higher each of these are set, the quicker your mail will be fetched, but at increased risk of SpamSpector using out-of-date information and making more misakes.

Extra DNSBL Definitions - allows you to add extra DNSBL services to the list of services known by SpamSpector. This is described in Appendix B: Adding Extra DNSBL Lists.

Extra Black- & White-Lists - allows you to specify files that will be used as additional black- and white-lists. These must be text files containing data in the same format as the normal black- and white-lists. This is useful if you're obtaining black- or white-list data from an external source - e.g. a script that converts your Outlook address book into a whitelist.

I.P. Configuration - allows you to enable remote connections to SpamSpector. Described in Appendix C: Connecting to SpamSpector Remotely.

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