Studies show that an average email address receives more than a dozen unwanted messages every day. Spam emails can carry malicious files, can be used for phishing attacks, can waste time and bandwidth, and can cause various other problems. It is a common concern for email users to have their inbox filled with dozens of unwanted messages. Follow these steps to stop getting so many spam emails.
1. Never Click On or Respond to Spam
It is easy to recognise an email as spam even before opening it. So the first rule to stop getting more spam is to not open any messages that you suspect to be spam. Even if you accidentally open a spam message, don't click on any links in it or download any file.
2. Hide Email Address
Try not to publish your email address on the web. If you must or there is no other option, then maybe provide another disposable email address instead. Another option is to use a contact box with a recaptcha or a math question so only humans can complete the form. Remember, the more the number of people who know your email address, the more the chances are of getting spam. So make sure to share your email address with a select few.
3. Use Spam Filtering Options
All email service providers offer some kind of spam filtering options. Set up filters so that all suspicious senders are directed to the trash or a specific folder. Some providers can also offer multiple automated tools. For example, your web host may also offer options within your cPanel.
Outlook and other third-party email clients can have spam filtering options built in. You can use all these different options to keep most of the spam out of your inbox.
4. Report Spams
A typical email service provider is certainly going to offer options for blocking or reporting emails from specific senders. Instead of deleting a spam, it is important to report it. This will help in preventing future messages from the senders from reaching your inbox.
When you report a message as spam, it will also improve the email clients’ anti-spam filter. For example, when a provider has many users reporting an email address for spam, they can suspend that account.
5. Unsubscribe from Unwanted Senders
A significant percentage of spam messages comprise promotional messages, newsletters, and commercial messages. Such senders are required by law to provide an opt-out option. So if you are receiving messages from an unwanted sender, unsubscribe to their newsletters. The unsubscribe link is typically provided at the bottom of an email message. Be careful which emails you open and click on the unsubscribe link.
So follow these steps to stop all the spam messages from flooding your inbox. Spam messages are often sent by hackers trying to access your email. They can use phishing techniques to access sensitive information. So it is also important to use email security measures to keep your account safe. This includes not just avoiding opening spam messages but also setting up strong account passwords.
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