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My wife uses a third party company to host her email server and web site (Blu Domain). She connects to the email server from her Mac via  Mac Mail (I think the client was once known as iMail). She also accesses the email server from her iPhone.

She is receiving a lot of spam messages. Short of migrating the email server to a different provider, are there any client-side solutions that could filter out spam before it hits the iMail client?

Thanks.
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It is not really a client side solution that you want. Look at www.mailfoundry.com
 They offer a solution by using their service to filter spam. I actually own their hardware and it works well.
You will need to point your MX record to their spam filter server and in turn they forward the spam free e-mails to your existing e-mail server. So nothing has changed except for no spam.
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Please refer below link to enable spam filter on the i mail client .

http://www.seas.upenn.edu/cets/answers/personal-spam-filter.html
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Apple Mail application has a "Junk Mail" filter which is quite basic and will might help a small amount but it is not very comprehensive or effective against most current spam and is not a proper SPAM filter.

I can recommend 3rd party application for OSX
SpamSieve - http://c-command.com/spamsieve/

Alternative or additionally I would check and see if the domain host who is managing her email offers server-side junk and spam mail filtering services. Many include free Spam Assassin or similar services and others have spam filter for a couple of $$ per month.
These could just FLAG junk by adding a word to the subject of emails and you can then put a rule in Apple Mail to move these to the trash or another folder.  

If using the iPhone and Apple Mail to access the same mailbox over IMAP then a server side solution is better as there are no junk/spam filter tool on the Mail client on iOS on the iPhone
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Have you tried checking the email filtering that's available on your blue domain hosting site.  Most providers have some filtering available on the server side.  It should allow you to filter out the undesirable mail before you get to the point of downloading it to your client.

https://my.bluehost.com/cgi/help/32
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Thanks for the feedback.  A few clarifying questions.

Regarding Mail Foundry - is there a single user solution, as the least expensive option seems to be $99/mo for 200 email accounts?

Regarding Blue Host - unfortunately we are using Blu Domain, not Blue Host, and Blu Domain has been brutal in terms of functionality and customer service. I am not confident that they have a server-side solution that is viable.

I will try out the Apple Mail junk filtering options and look at Spam Sieve

Thanks for the input - I will post again and close the question once I have found a viable final solution.
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You can test Mail Foundry for free for 30 days to see how well it will work for you.
If you provide means of being contacted, I can provide you with a reference to 3rd party MF service that would be more reasonable.
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Here's a list of other spam filters you can try.

http://email.about.com/od/macspamfightingtools/tp/Top-Mac-Spam-Filters.htm
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