Middlebury

Spam Filtering at Middlebury

Middlebury uses Microsoft’s Exchange Online Protection technology to filter spam, phishing attacks, viruses, and other unwanted content from our email mailboxes. Exchange Online Protection provides several tools to help manage spam. Read on for additional information, including tips on how to use spam Quarantine, the Junk Email and Clutter folders, Safe Senders, Safe Recipients, and Blocked Senders.

Using Quarantine to Manage Spam

Spam Quarantine Notifications

All messages in your Quarantine area should be treated with special caution as they are most likely harmful to you and others! Do not click any links in these messages or release them to your Inbox unless you are absolutely sure that the message is legitimate. Be particularly suspicious of messages asking you to update your account, reset your password, expand your email storage quota, etc. Remember, any message that asks for your password or username is not to be trusted. For more information about how to protect yourself from phishing attacks, please see http://go/phish.

Quarantine Overview

Messages identified as spam or potential phishing attacks are delivered to a separate Quarantine area. Microsoft will send you a daily Spam Notification email if any of your messages are directed to Quarantine. These notification messages are sent from quarantine@messaging.microsoft.com.

You can check your Quarantine at any time by logging into http://go/quarantine or http://go/spamq. You may also log in directly via https://admin.protection.outlook.com/quarantine).

If you are missing a time-critical message, check your Junk EMail folder first, then check Quarantine via http://go/spamq.

Messages identified as spam will be stored in Quarantine for 15 days, after which time they are automatically deleted.

Releasing a message from Quarantine

You can release a message from Quarantine by logging into the Quarantine web page, then using one of the following methods:

  • Click on the message in question to select it, then click on the envelope icon to release the message.
  • Double-click on a message in quarantine to open it, then click the “Release…” link.

You can also click on the Release to Inbox link in the Spam Notification message to release specific messages.

Reporting a false-positive

Messages may occasionally be incorrectly identified as spam. To report these "false-positives", log into Quarantine, double-click on the message to open it, then click on Release selected message(s) and report as false-positive… link.

You can also use the Report as Not Junk link associated with a given message in the Spam Notification email.

The Microsoft Spam Analysis team uses false-positive reports to tune their spam content filtering service.

Important Note: Reporting a message as a false-positive will not necessarily prevent it from being blocked again.

Deleting messages from Quarantine

Messages in Quarantine are automatically deleted after 15 days.

Known Issues with Quarantine

  • Macs using Safari as the default browser receive certificate errors when trying to click the "release" links within spam notification messages. Working with quarantined messages accessed directly via http://go/quarantine works properly.


How to Adjust Your Outlook Junk Mail Settings

You can easily control which messages you see by adjusting your junk mail settings. The links below contain instructions for the commonly-used email clients at Middlebury:


Clutter Feature in Outlook 2016/365

Outlook's Clutter feature looks at what you've done in the past to determine messages you're most likely to ignore and puts them in your Clutter folder. As you work with your email as usual, Clutter will learn which messages aren't important to you. Messages that are incorrectly identified as clutter can be moved back to your inbox and Clutter will take notice.

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