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Easy Mail Filter Disclosure Number: IPCOM000019045D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Aug-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Aug-27

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With the prevalence and growing amount of spam (unwanted e-mail) from all over the world, e-mail users need a quick and easy way to filter unwanted notes. Filtering means to view each piece of incoming mail and determine what to do with the mail such as: keep it, delete it, or store it in a special place or folder. Existing mail programs allow a user to edit preferences and define a filter, this is a normal function of all good e-mail software. Usually the e-mail receiver has to perform a separate action from the object menu and in a separate window, enter the filter a name, and enter (usually cut-n-paste) the information (text) to filter the mail on and select what action to do with the mail. The drawbacks to this is that is takes extra time to set up a mail filter when having to go to a separate place in the mailer program and enter the filter text. When the volume of spam is great, this extra data entry is time consuming.