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How to save monitored email contents with Capsa 7.3

November 4th, 2010 No comments

Colasoft just released a major upgrade of Capsa Network Analyzer a few days ago and we notice that the Security Analysis Profile is the most important new feature in Capsa 7.3 which helps users to locate and troubleshoot network issues and attacks like ARP attack, DoS attack and port scanning. Besides that, the feature of email auto-saving that users appreciated in previous versions had some adjustments. So, this article is aims to teach you how to save monitored email contents.

In Capsa Network Analyzer 7.3, if you need to save a copy of the monitored email to your hard disk, you should do the following:

Step 1. Enable Log Output

a. Go to the Start Page and click the Set Data Storage link on the right panel.
b. You see the Data Storage Options dialog box, highlight the Log Output tab and then check the Save log to disk checkbox.
c. Finish the settings of choosing file folder and setting up the rules to save logs in different files.


Step 2. Enable Email Copy

a. Double-click the analysis profile you want to use and enable the Email analysis module. Probably you’ll use Full Analysis or Email Analysis because they initially enabled the Email analysis module. This step is very important and if you don’t enable Email analysis module, Capsa will not analyze and capture any email.
b. Click Next and click Log Settings. You will focus on the Output Settings and make sure the Email Copy item is checked.

Set up as the instructions above, Capsa will save all captured inbound and outbound email contents to your hard disk. Why did you make these adjustments, you may ask? This is because users of the earlier versions might be toggled among different analysis profiles and they often forget to enable log output on different profiles. That means in previous versions, every analysis profile has a switch of email auto-saving. Therefore this time we can see the switch is made globally. Once you enabled log output, the logs will be saved to your hard disk no matter which analysis profile you choose.

It’s also notable that this time Capsa is able to output logs in multiple files as the rules you set. For example, you can set to save logs to a separate file every 10 minutes. It makes it easy for you to find useful logs in time-split small files rather than in a big log file.

I’m sure you already know how to save emails with Capsa 7.3 after reading through this article.

How to Monitor Email with Colasoft Packet Sniffer

May 20th, 2009 5 comments

Some people may doubt if it is legal to monitor email of employees with an email monitor software (aka. email spy or email checker), but this is not the topic of this article. We are going to discuss how we can monitor email with some technical methods, especially how we can monitor email with this packet sniffer – Colasoft Capsa.

Step 1. Still we need to download a free trial and deploy it correctly.

Step 2. Launch a project

If we have not set Capsa to save email logs to a local disk, we’ll not be able to monitor email contents but we can monitor all email logs. So we must set the log settings to save email logs to a local path in order to monitor email contents. Also there will be a notice when start a new project.

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Monitor Email Screeshot1

Setp3. Set Email Logs Settings

View full image to set the email logs setting correctly.

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Advanced Email logs settings to split email logs and keep the most recent email logs to save disk space.

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Monitor Email Screeshot3

Step 4. Start Capturing and Monitoring Email in “Logs” Tab

After email log settings is finished, we can do a test to see if we can get some email monitoring logs. Let’s launch Outlook and start sending and receiving emails. We can see that we’ve received many spam email in my email box. We can see a lot of information in the logs Tab, such as date and time, client name, email subject, sender and receiver name, size, and more.

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Step 5. Monitor Email Contents

In order to view the original content of an email, the process is quite simple, just double-click on the logs, then Capsa will call an email software to display the email content, basically Outlook.

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Monitor Email Screeshot5 - Click to View Large

Now this is the entire process how we can monitor email with Colasoft Capsa, we hope you enjoy this article.

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