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Unwanted and unsolicited email, otherwise known as spam, is on average 78% of all email sent. To reduce the amount of spam coming into our inboxes, spam filters have been put in place on MIT's email system.

Most malware attacks today occur through a combination of spam and compromised web pages. Interacting with spam can put your personal information at risk as well as download a virus to your machine that may spread to other computers on the network.

Available To 
Students, Faculty, Staff, Affiliates

Benefits and key features

  • Spam Quarantine: Catches most spam and deletes it after two weeks; false positives can be "released" from quarantine by the user
  • Spam Quarantine Summary: Summary of mail identified as spam is sent to your inbox every day
  • "Bad Senders" lists: Prevents spammers by adding the email address or domain to a list
  • "Good Senders" lists: Ensures "good" email always get through
  • Language settings: Specify your preferred language


MIT personal certificate

Getting started

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