iOS spam filtering via OS X

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in Genius Bar edited January 2014

He uses OS X but not iOS.

She uses iOS but not OS X.

He created an account for her on his iMac, just to make it easier for him to set up her new iPad using iCloud data syncing.

She's concerned about spam.

iOS mail doesn't have a spam filter, but OS X mail does.

 

If her OS X account (and Mail.app) is logged in but in the background (his account is in the foreground), will her Mail.app receive and filter her mail in parallel with her iPad? Or does her OS X account have to be in the foreground for that to work?

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  • Reply 1 of 4
    Originally Posted by sportbiker View Post

    He uses OS X but not iOS.

    She uses iOS but not OS X.

    He created an account for her on his iMac, just to make it easier for him to set up her new iPad using iCloud data syncing.

    She's concerned about spam.

    iOS mail doesn't have a spam filter, but OS X mail does.


     

    Worst romantic comedy EVER.

     

    If her OS X account (and Mail.app) is logged in but in the background (his account is in the foreground), will her Mail.app receive and filter her mail in parallel with her iPad? Or does her OS X account have to be in the foreground for that to work?


     

    By ‘account', what do you mean? If it’s an iCloud account, the filtering is server-side and she doesn’t have to worry about it anywhere it’s used.

  • Reply 2 of 4

    By "user account" I mean going to System Preferences->Users & Groups, creating an account for her and running Mail.app for her iCloud email account. Using Fast User Switching, put her user account in the background so he can use his account in the foreground.

     

    Speaking for myself, if iCloud has spam filtering, it ain't very good. The mail filters built into Mail.app catch plenty of junk.

  • Reply 3 of 4
    Originally Posted by sportbiker View Post

    her iCloud email account. Using Fast User Switching, put her user account in the background so he can use his account in the foreground.

     

    Oh! Okay. iCloud does spam filtering server-side, then. Thing about iCloud is that it’s handled entirely as a server-side process, just like other e-mail services are. Going to iCloud.com gives you a direct line in to that server and its functions, but Mail in iOS and OS X… don’t. One change in particular I’d like Apple to make regards Mail on your computer becoming a 1st level access point to iCloud. I want Mail to have the same level of access to iCloud’s functionality directly, rather than being a 2nd level client only. Specifically I mean that you don’t even have access to iCloud’s filter and have to go to iCloud.com to see messages that have been caught.

     

    Speaking for myself, if iCloud has spam filtering, it ain't very good. The mail filters built into Mail.app catch plenty of junk.


     

    Don’t sign up for ‘plenty of’ newsletters, then. :p

     

    In all seriousness, I’ve never received a single piece of spam from iCloud, ever. It blocks everything even before it hits the user’s own personal client-side filter.

  • Reply 4 of 4

    it is the services problem of host, maybe apple should make more good ways to anti spam

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