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  1. What Spam Assassin adds are some extra spam label headers to an email so that the programmes (such as mailman) can use that information to make decisions about what to do with that email. Unless Mailman is told (like myself or the top poster might do) to specifically to use those headers, TCH users of mailman will notice no difference in their list behavior.

     

    That's assuming it's been set up correctly by TCH of course!

    I gotta agree with dapozo on this one TCH :D

     

    When you click on the "Mail" icon in your control center you get various options on the Mail Manager Main Menu...

     

    Web Mail

    Email Domain Forwarding

    Manage/Add/Remove Accounts

    Default Address

    Auto-responders

    E-mail Filtering

    Forwarders

    Mailing Lists

    SpamAssassin

    BoxTrapper Spam Trap

    Trace an E-mail Address

    Modify Mail Exchanger (MX Entry)

     

    The fact that these items ("Mailing Lists" and "SpamAssassin") are in the Mail Manager Main Menu implies a level of compatability and configuration. You've got SpamAssassin configured to work with our regular email accounts, so it seems only reasonable that it should also be configured to work with our Mailing Lists.

     

    TCH needs to get it's act together on this IMHO :D

  2. Actually it was this page that I meant to link too.

     

    I also found a tutorial on configuring Spam Assassin here in the forums.

    Thanks guys. I'm really getting there now. I have made the filtering changes and have gone into Horde and verified the spam is getting diverted to the Spam folder, and the messages in that folder now have "*****SPAM***** in their subject lines :)

     

    Is the "blacklist" and "whitelist" stuff in Horde tied into SpamAssassin? That is, if I find something in the Spam folder that should not be spam, do I just select it and click "whitelist?" Or, is there some other way I need to tell SpamAssassin that it's legit. In short, how do I teach it where it needs teaching?

     

    As an aside, I went to the SpamAssassin's test performed page and it looks like the application is pretty dern thorough in it's checking. :thumbup1:

  3. The page that Bruce linked to is not about Horde.

     

    I assume you are meaning the area for email filtering where it says

     

    The email filtering is in cpanel, in the mail section (the same place you find spam assassin). There should be a link to "E-mail Filtering" - then follow the instructions above.

    Ah ha!! That bit of information helps Andy! Now the instructions actually make sense! (and doesn't this point out that the help page needs a little work?)

     

    I have followed the instructions to the letter, except that I have input "Spam" instead of "Discard." I assume this will direct all such email to my Spam folder instead, correct?

  4. This is the way I have configured mine on two sites. It's working quite well.

     

    I have it set to 5 which is the default. You can get more aggressive and set it higher but I'd start there.

    Bruce, thanks. I saw that page. And it *appears* it is *not* talking about SpamAssassin configuration settings. Rather, it is talking about *Horde webmail* settings and getting it working with SpamAssassin. But nowhere on the page does it explicitly say that. So, this help page needs some editing.

     

    Now, let's assume my SpamAssassin settings are correct (which you have not verified one way or the other yet). I therefore assume the section that applies to setting it up in Horde is "Automatically discard spam email." So, I go to Horde and try to follow those instructions.

     

    First line *should* read "Click on Filters from the left sidebar, then click New Rule"

     

    Second line *should* read "In the first drop down box ("Select a field"), select "Spam Assassin Spam Header"

     

    Problem1: There is no item titled "Spam Assassin Spam Header" in that list. There *is* an item titled "Self-Defined Header" Is that what I want here? Is that the same as the SpamAssassin Spam Header?

     

    Problem2: When I select "Self-Defined Header" the screen redraws and there is now a blan textbox to the right of "Self-Defined Header" and then there is a drop-down list which defautls to "Contains" and then there is a blank textbox for that value. So, I see...

     

    Self-Defined Header:[texbox] Contains: [textbox]

    What do I put in the textbox for Self-Defined Header? Is that where I input "Spam Assassin Spam Header"? So, would it be this:

     

    Self-Defined Header: [spam Assassin Spam Header] Contains: [*****SPAM*****]

    So, I'm sorry Bruce. I don't mean to be picky here. But this help screen is NOT up to date and it is NOT terribly helpful. And NOWHERE is there ANY mention of the SpamAssassin Configuration screen accessed through the control panel and what kind of setup we need to do there. But if you can help me get these things worked out I would certainly be grateful. :(

  5. Can someone give me a screen shot of their "SpamAssassin Configuration" screen in cPanel? I have been looking through the forums and doing google searches and I have yet to find a good article on how I should setup SpamAssassin. :(

     

    The "Required score" is already set to "5"

    I filled in the "rewrite_subject_header" with "*****SPAM*****" (no quotes)

     

    But I have no idea what to put in the "blacklist_from" area, the "score" area or the "whitelist_from" area. :(

     

    I went to the SpamAssassin site and tried the configuration generator tool (http://www.yrex.com/spam/spamconfig.php). But it tells you NOT to replace your current config file, and I don't see how to include this stuff in my current file. In fact, what this thing does bears little resemblence to what I am seeing either in my current config file or the configuration screen accessed through cPanel. :(

     

    And once I get all that sorted out there's the question of what I need to do in Horde to help SpamAssassin learn what's spam and what isn't.

     

    Am I the only one marveling at the lack of "How to" information on these programs and their integration? :)

  6. Hello,

     

    Interesting topic now as far as I am aware SpamAssassin and Mailman don't integrate together as far as cPanel goes.

    Exactly my point Mark. :) It begs the question of how we protect these types of mailing lists - from both Spam and virus attacks. In the case of Spam, it seems it is possible to use SpamAssassin with Mailman (see my prior link). And in the case of virus protection, I understand there is a program called CLAMAV (see http://www.tummy.com/Software/mailman-clamav) that can be integrated with Mailman. I would be willing to slog through the configuration integration tasks in both cases, if that were possible, but since it is not then I have to wonder how I can install these types of protections short of direct assisstance from TCH? :blink:

  7. I have activiated a couple of Mailman mailing lists on our website via the control panel (Mail > Mailing Lists). I have also activated SpamAssassin. But I am unsure of how I can integrate these two programs. I want to be able to use SpamAssassin to intercept spam sent to our mailing lists.

     

    There is an article online on how this can be done. See...

    http://www.jamesh.id.au/articles/mailman-spamassassin/

     

    But the procedures outlined in the article appear to be out of the scope of what I can do through our website control panel. In fact, I have looked copiously via FileZilla at our website space and have found no evidence of the Mailman application. So, wherever this app is located, it is outside the scope of my access rights as the account holder (i.e., it must be at the mail server level). B)

     

    I asked the TCH support desk if they could help and they referred me to the forum. :group: Although, I think if the Mailman program is installed at the server level, the support function should be the correct route to go through.

     

    So, can anyone suggest how I can get these two applications working with each other?

     

    And, can anyone shed light on why TCH doesn't support an app that's at the server-side (Mailman: an application I cannot access)? :)

  8. Why do you have a semi-colon between the copy-from and copy-to folder? Have you tried?

     

    >cp /home/<name>/www/somefile.php /home/<name>/www/BkUps

     

    And I am curious of why you want to do this on a regular basis too. I store backup copies of my changed files on my own computer not somewhere else in my web space.

    To address Andy's question...I want to back them up automatically on a regular basis. But since there is a chance I could be over-writing good with bad (my site was recently hacked), the best thing would probably be to back them up incrementally - that is, not just overwrite yesterday's backup but give each a new backup name (include the current date in the filename?).

     

    To address Bruce's question...as mentioned above, on or about December 23 my site was hacked :D. I found spurious links in my pages and even an embedded virus on one of them. And it looks like they accomplished this because I had files with incorrect permissions set (MT saved these template files as 666). So I had the site restored and have had TCH go through and make sure permissions are set correctly on directories and files. I changed my MT configuration to make use of Umask to set permissions better. And, I also had a guy I work with run a security program against my site and it turned up with no vulnerabilities. So, it seems like its condition of the site is sound at present.

     

    I suppose if there were a way to copy these to my local drive that would be even better. But that seems beyond my ability (would require script writing and programming). And I don't know how I'd automate backing up sites on my webspace and copying them to my local drive. Is that even possible?

  9. Is there a way to use Cron to backup files (not a db) that are created by my Movable Type program?

     

    I have a number of my MT templates "linked to file" in a subdirectory of my site that I use to store them as backups. But there are some templates where I've specified the "link to file" to a different location that's in the root of my weblog site (I use these as sidebar includes).

     

    How can I create a Cron job to copy these template files in their current location to my templates backup directory with the others?

     

    I tried this as the "Command to run" line...

    >cp /home/<name>/www/somefile.php; /home/<name>/www/BkUps/somefile.php

    But that didn't get me anywhere. I'm afraid I know next to nothing about Cron and/or Unix commands. Can someone get me on the right track?

  10. Try this page out, the email gets encoded

     

    email encoder

     

    attached is an example of what the regular email looks like, and the encoded result

    Thanks much. That looks really helpful where I really need to list an email address on a page. And I have some sites where this *will* come in handy :(

     

    I've done a little more research and found a couple of helpful ideas in this article at the HealYourChurchWebsite.com. I have installed Jim Seymour's Simle Contact Form (SCForm) at my site. I invite you to give it a try. Let me know if you see any security holes.

     

    Thanks! :)

  11. To get away from the spam email I was receiving as a result of listing my email address on my website(s), I have been using a contact form produced by Christopher Heng at TheSiteWizard.com. Recently, I was spammed by somebody who found a way to use the form. TCH seems to be monitoring such events quite closely, and the way I found out about the attack was by visiting my site and finding my account had been suspended. This was in spite of the fact that I was the only recipient of the spam and my account had been suspended after only 15 messages. While this seems a bit over-reactionary it is comforting to know that TCH takes spammers so seriously :)

     

    Anyway, I contacted the script's author and informed him of the vulnerability. He suggested that I visit his site and generate a new "feedback.php" file which includes newer php and/or javascript code that should prevent the spam attacks from occurring again. I did that. Unfortunately, I encountered two additional spam e-mail's sent to my Inbox, so I have had to disable the script again and am waiting to hear if the author can plug the remaining hole(s). :(

     

    Does anyone know if a truly secure contact form that I could use on my website? Or, can you suggest some sort of free service I could use instead that has anti-spammer technology built in that could act as my means of visitor communications with me?

  12. I was using BoxTrapper with good results for some time :D

     

    Recently, I decided to try Spam Assassan. But tonight I found my account (dave.englund.name) suspened due to spam ;) I am still waiting for a reply to my help issue to find out the specifics - if it was related to an attack on a contact form I use on my site or my email that was supposedly being protected by Spam Assassan.

     

    Frankly, I don't think I like Spam Assassan. And as soon as my account gets unlocked I'm going back to BoxTrapper where NOBODY gets through unless I LET them through.

     

    The dirty dogs! :whip:

  13. You can just use the shared ssl as per the Help site page.

     

    Using our Shared SSL

    Simply parse your page like this:

     

    https://server*.totalchoicehosting.com/~username/

     

    where * = your server number

    Humm...it sounds like your saying I'd have to use a strict TCH URL that is made up of (1)the server my account is assigned to, (2)the "totalchoicehosting.com" domain name, and (3)my username, as opposed to a URL that consists of my domain name. Is that correct?
  14. I'd like to explore using the SSL feature that is part of my hosting package with TCH. According to your online SSL Help, if I understand correctly:

     

    a. I need to have someone "turn on" (enable) the SSL feature for my account.

    b. I then decide how to incorporate the SSL refers (https) into my site structure.

     

    Got a few questions...

    1. Are there any "hidden" charges I might run into using the SSL package that comes with my TCH account?

     

    2. Once it's "enabled" for my domain name, then I can choose to use it or not. Correct? It's not going to mess up my site if I *don't* use it (if I leave my URL's as "http")?

     

    3. Do I have to use it for my whole site, or can I use it for just individual files/pages and/or directories? The help file seems to suggest the later. And I would prefer to "try it out" on a contact form I have before extending it to any other areas.

  15. Dudes, I have been looking around on your forums lately for various tidbits of info I need to help me on my website(s). And I like do a search and find a bunch of related posts. But when I click on any of them to read the post, they like don't load and I eventaully get an error page. :(

     

    Strange thing is, if I do a search via Google with the same search criteria, I'll find a hit for one of the same posts on TotalChoiceHosting forums, and I can like read it by going through Google. :blink: For example...

     

    http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/forums/l...php/t17609.html

     

    So, is this a problem in general with viewing posts on your forums, or is it related to viewing posts within a search results listing, or like what?? :rolleyes1:

  16. I want to install PHP-Nuke to my site's root (http://rightreadingroom.com). But when I try to use the installer in cPanel it makes me input a subfolder name (e.g., http://rightreadingroom.com/PHP-Nuke).

     

    I read the comments on another post ("How can I make Php-Nuke my main site?" and by the way, I had to read this via google, the actual post link in your forum did not work). And I tried using both a "\" and "/" but in each case cPanel returned errors:

     

    Invalid url (\).. please try agin

    Error: /home/hcxxfscu/public_html// already exists

     

    I don't want to use a "redirect" because then all of the posts for the site will include the phpNuke subfolder (http://rightreadingroom.com/PHP-Nuke/<article name>), won't they??

     

    I wouldn't mind installing PHP-Nuke to a subfolder IFF I knew I could set up the actual public phpNuke site (and the sites main "index.php") on my root, with posts being in a sub-folder structure of my choosing (e.g., "../archives/<post name>").

  17. I followed the instructions on TotalChoiceHosting's Help Site for giving access to AWstats to your users without having to go through cPanel (or thought I did).

     

    When I open a browser and go to our stats directory (http://www.kingdom-warriors.com/stats/) I get the logon dialog as expected. After entering the username and password I edited in config.php, the dialog closes (no errors returned) and I get a blank white web page. Nothing. Nadda. Nunca. Marco-Po-No  :)

     

    Anybody know what I did wrong?

     

    OOPS! :dance:

     

    Never mind. I had the "$site" variable wrong. Put in my whole URL instead of just "yoursite.com". Once I corrected that, all is well.

  18. I followed the instructions on TotalChoiceHosting's Help Site for giving access to AWstats to your users without having to go through cPanel (or thought I did).

     

    When I open a browser and go to our stats directory (http://www.kingdom-warriors.com/stats/) I get the logon dialog as expected. After entering the username and password I edited in config.php, the dialog closes (no errors returned) and I get a blank white web page. Nothing. Nadda. Nunca. Marco-Po-No :)

     

    Anybody know what I did wrong?

  19. I think the offset and vertical borders in Firefox actually look better. But I feel your pain anyway. I would agree with Bruce, start looking into CSS. It's not that tough to learn and you get absolute control.

     

    You like the offset look? Well, Tim, there's no accounting for differences in taste I guess... ;) ;)

     

    Offhand, did you notice that you don't see the top and bottom borders of the page in Firefox but you do in IE?

     

    -Tim

    Well, I noticed the top one was missing. Thought I wasn't seeing it because of the muliple tabs I had opened in Firefox. Never got around to checking in a full single window. Strange. :huh:

    A new browser bug I'll have to tame :whip:

    If anyone comes up with an answer please drop me a line.

  20. I do design and site maintenance for a non-profit site (Kingdom Warriors). :cool2:

     

    Our site uses a java script menu system (an old version of HM). I couldn't figure out how to code the menu position *within* a table row on the page, so I used the position attributes within the jave script array (HM_Arrays.js) file:

     

    150, // menu_width

    10, // left_position

    82.5, // top_position

     

    This seems to be working fine with Internet Explorer. But when you view the same pages in Mozilla Firefox the menu is out of place (lower and a bit right). :oops:

     

    Does anyone know why the two browsers behave differently with respect to this positioning? Is there some kind of work-around or hack that would correct this? :blink:

     

    Or, is there a better way of positioning a java script menu altogether? :eek:

     

    Thanks!

  21. Thanks all for your replies, and the nice welcome. :angry:

     

    So, it would appear then that I can use a make-believe (virtual) address...

     

    as in "<some virtual name>@****" and forward it to a real address...

     

    as in "<real address name>@****" through the forwarding feature in cPanel. :clapping:

     

    I also appreciate the suggestion about directing form output to multiple addresses, as this could save having to build lots and lots of forwarding rules. I use a contact form on my site designed by thesitewizard and I'll look into how to do multiple output directs. :thumbup1:

     

    Thanks again!

  22. Is there a way to setup "virtual email addresses" through cPanel? I am webmaster for a domain hosted by TCH, and I need to setup a number of virtual addresses to protect private email accounts. :D

     

    For example, mail sent to "info@<****>" will go to my personal email account ("name@****"). ;)

     

    Also, the virtual address may forward to several personal email addresses - there are several people who want to receive the mail sent to "info@****." :angry:

     

    Can you accomplish this through the mail Fowarder feature in cPanel? If not, what other route do I take to accomplish this? :yes:

  23. With respect to the BoxTrapper discussion...

     

    I found it in my cPanel and turned it on. :D It is a bit tedious to setup, but it provides a valuable function for my personal domain name email account. I have several email accounts (as most of us do these days):

     

    -My primary email through my ISP (Earthlink), which has a webmail SPAM blocking feature and Outlook Express plugin.

    -My freebie accounts (GMail, etc.), most of these now have some kind of SPAM blocking built-in.

    -My domain name email through TCH, which does not have a webmail SPAM utility :angry:

     

    Since our webmail clients through TCH do not have a SPAM blocking utility, that leaves us with either SpamAssassin or BoxTrapper to use with our domain name email. Having setup BoxTrapper, I have found it to be a very valuable addition to the war on SPAM. So, I for one, hope it stays around :yes:

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