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Tuesday, June 28, 2005
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   Special Edition: Focus on Email
   Spam Filter Improvements
   Email Mailbox Quota Increase


Special Edition: Focus on Email
Greetings from CIS!

Several important upgrades to SPU's email service are taking place over the summer. Please read on for details about these changes and how they will affect you. Additional information is provided on the CIS Help Pages -> Email tab: http://www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk/email/index.asp . You may also contact the CIS Help Desk at help@spu.edu (or 206-281-2982) for answers to any specific questions.

Spam Filter Improvements
On Tuesday, June 28, 2005 we will activate a new spam filter called “Barracuda" to enhance SPU email screening and security. Barracuda employs several familiar anti-spam technologies, such as blocking email sent from commonly know spammers, removing exploitive file attachments, and tagging messages that are suspect. Additionally, the new system offers “client-side" filtering capabilities that give our users the ability to customize their own blocks, allows, and quarantines. The solution incorporates a user-friendly interface directly in Microsoft Outlook to provide greater control over the filtering process.

If you do not want to personally customize spam filtering, Barracuda will provide good spam filtering at levels consistent with what you currently experience. However, if you want to be more active in managing your spam rules, Barracuda is a promising solution. Please go to http://www.spu.edu/CISHelpDesk/email/spam.asp for details on how to configure and maintain your custom Barracuda settings.

Email Mailbox Quota Increase
Default email mailbox quotas for SPU students have been increased from 30 to 60 megabytes. This expansion recognizes the essential role email plays in university academics and correspondence.

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