Controlling Spam in Outlook

My business website has an unencrypted Email address, and it's important that visitors be able to click that link without encountering obstacles, such as captcha.  Using Outlook 2007,  on a Windows 7 platform, I'm getting an unacceptable amount of spam.  It's challenging to configure Outlook rules effectively, because there are so many words and phrases which authentic business inquiries might contain, and I don't want to junk those.  I'd appreciate some suggestions as to how to control the spam and preserve legitimate messages.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
so you have straight html i.e. <a href="mailto:someone@example.com?Subject=Hello%20again" target="_top">Send Mail</a>.. you could subscribe to a anti-spam provider i.e. spamassassin or use google postini .. either use a gmail address or your own email address (before spam) support@example.com and forward it to gmail, and in gmail forward to support2@example.com
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Hi David, thank you for your comment.  I am not familiar with Google postini, but an initial search returned articles saying that the service has been retired, and migrated to a Google Ap.   Can you explain why the Email must be forwarded twice?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you receive the mail at your pre-spamcheck email address -> gmail (gmail runs its anti-spam routines)  -> back to your post-spamcheck email address
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Understood.   What about postini being discontinued?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
Don't worry about it.  They still have an anti-spam routine internally. Postini is no longer being offered as an independent service (existing customers are not affected but were transitioned to google apps (just another service name) and different pricing. Google is famous for adding and then later on discontinuing products
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Sorry, I'm still a little unclear.  Are you saying that merely forwarding my messages to a gmail account will apply the (formerly Postini) spam filter?  If so, do I log onto my Google mail account online in order to configure that filter?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
it is part of gmail but not a separate service that you could route your mail from external <-> postini <-> your exchange
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
If I understand correctly, the spam filter is integrated with Gmail.   However, I have an active Gmail account, and it receives hundreds of spam messages every day.  I'll just need a little guidance about how to make this feature useful.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
just empty yur spam flder and don't sync it
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
David, the spam folder ("Junk") in Outlook is configured already.  It screens some of the spam, but a lot of it ends up in the Inbox.  I thought you were telling me that Gmail has its own spam filter, separate from my email client, and formerly it was a service called Postini.   And I thought you were saying that the Gmail filter can be configured also.  Is that correct?
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
yes it does have a spam filter and no it cannot be configured. I actually have exchange (0365) configured to get the mail from my gmail inbox.
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
If it can't be configured, then I don't think this will resolve the issue, since I already use Gmail.  I'll have a look at Spam Assassin.
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Geraldine HuntMarketing Project ManagerCommented:
Hi David, More often than not when using Exchange Online filtering we see people using a dedicated spam filter on top.  I’d encourage you to take a trial of SpamTitan.

SpamTitan can be deployed:

*on-site/on-premise as an appliance on your bare metal server.

*on-site/on-premise as a VMWare appliance on a shared server.

* as a Cloud service (SpamTitan Cloud), where all you do is minimal account configuration (Set your password. Add your email domain, or domains if you have more than one) and then change your MX records so start filtering.

A free trial of both the on premises and cloud option is available. You can access the SpamTitan free trial here   http://www.spamtitan.com/free-trial


Happy to help if you have any questions, or would like information on pricing, set up etc.

Thanks,

Geraldine
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ddantesAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  I use Outlook as a POP mail client, and do not have an Exchange server.
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