If email is a curse from the gods to make humankind mad before we’re destroyed, then what is spam? It’s the icing on the cake of email scourge and serves only to insult those of us who don’t have a good spam filter.
Mac Mail comes with a built-in Junk Mail filter but it does not work as well as SpamSieve, my favorite. Mail and other email applications for iPhone don’t have Junk Mail or effective spam reduction options, but I found an easy way to limit spam messages on iPhone and iPad.
SpamSieve is one of those must-have apps of historic proportions. It learns and adapts to the spam messages you receive, works and plays nice-nice in Apple’s Mail, but a few other email apps, too, including another favorite, Airmail (which also works and syncs to iPhone and iPad versions).
Here’s how to get rid of spam on Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
First, SpamSieve. Once installed there isn’t much to do other than train inbox messages as Good or Spam.
Whenever a spam message creeps into the inbox, select it in Mail (or Airmail) and click the Message menu and select SpamSieve – Train as Spam. That’s about it. Out of the box SpamSieve likely is better than anything you’ve used but gets even better over time. Spam messages can be routed to a specific folder of your choice so you can check messages from time to time for what are called false positives.
Preferences are almost self explanatory. The spam catcher slider bar moves from Conservative with fewer false positives to Aggressive which catches more spam.
Alright, that’s good for capturing spam on the Mac, but what about email on iPhone and iPad; where you won’t find a spam catcher app at all?
Second, well, there is no second. Because spam is captured on the Mac, and segregated to a separate folder, those same messages don’t show up in Mail on iPhone or iPad. With one caveat. You must have the same email accounts on both platforms, macOS and iOS. Otherwise, SpamSieve on the Mac runs interference, so to speak, and blocks email from reaching your iPhone or iPad.
What’s not to like about having less spam on everything?
Caveats? No, not realistic. I don’t like the SpamSieve icon. And, I got nothing. SpamSieve is priced right, I’ve never had an upgrade fee, it’s easy to administer, and there’s something satisfying about selected a spam message in the inbox and clicking on the Train as Spam button. The spam disappears into the spam catcher folder, never to be seen again, and it’s unlikely that specific spam message will show up again.