Why are some of my email filters being bypassed?

dragonmouth December 28, 2014
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My email client is GMail. I have repeatedly marked emails from certain senders as spam. I have also set up filters to automatically delete emails with specific subjects or from specific senders. In spite of my filters,¬†emails from some of the blocked senders make it into my Inbox, bypassing GMail’s and my filters.

In a similar vein, I have set Iceweasel to block certain cookies through Preferences/Privacy/Exceptions. Not only do these cookies keep being left on my system but the “Block” is being changed to “Allow”. Why is this happening?

  1. ha14
    December 28, 2014 at 7:30 am

    To use a particular message to create a filter
    https://support.google.com/mail/answer/6579?hl=en

    maybe to update iceweasel to the latest version

    • dragonmouth
      December 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      Actually, I think I need to go back a version or two. My problem started after an update to the latest version of Iceweasel (31.3.0) available in the repositories.

    • ha14
      December 30, 2014 at 12:52 pm

      ok so 31.3.0 is the latest version then yes rolling back can be a solution; Maybe there are some extensions that are causing it launch the browser without extension in safe mode

    • dragonmouth
      December 30, 2014 at 3:48 pm

      I can say for certain that it is the latest browser update that is causing this. I updated another PC, running a different distro, from Iceweasel 31.0 to 31.3.0 and now both PCs are allowing cookies to bypass filters. I guess it is time to change browsers.

    • ha14
      December 31, 2014 at 10:18 am

      You can report it for a fix check this one also
      Iceweasel Latest update stealing bandwidth uselessly
      https://lists.debian.org/debian-user/2014/12/msg00278.html
      changing to another browser can be a solution

  2. Susendeep.D
    December 28, 2014 at 7:20 am

    If you create filter by domain,then it might work well in addition with subject name.See below for more information -

    When Gmail's Filters Aren't Enough: How to Tackle Spam on Your Own

    Regarding Iceweasel,you can follow the instructions on the below link -

    Firefox && Iceweasel Security

    Also,the below links can act as supplement or alternative to the above suggestion -

    Optimizing Iceweasel/Firefox for privacy

    Using Firebug-Cookie Management

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