How To Protect Mailbox From Getting Spam In 2020
Most modern email service providers have automated filters which stop spam messages from getting to your inbox folder. Though, unfortunately, it is almost impossible to get rid of spam completely. Unsolicited junk messages, which contain annoying ads or even computer-threatening links and attachments are not going to go anywhere. Even companies promoting completely legal goods and services do not hesitate to send out mass advertising messages. Everyone should know some tips on how to fight with spam otherwise it can lead to serious effects.
1. Create multiple mail accounts. One of them can be used for correspondence with colleagues, friends, and family. Do not leave your address on the websites because it can become the target of spammers immediately, and it will be just a matter of time, until your inbox will be filled with mountains of unwanted messages. Other email addresses you can use for online shopping and bank operations. And use the last one for registrations on the internet to get newsletters and promotional emails that you may need in the future. There is a high risk that this mailbox will be soon overwhelmed with the junk messages but in this case you can create a new mailbox and change the address in the accounts on the internet resources that you use. As a result you have the same email address for important correspondence anyway and avoid serious inconvenience.
2. Never reply to spam messages, even if advised to do so in order to unsubscribe from unsolicited emails. You should know that no one will read your answer. The purpose of such messages for a spammer is only one thing: to check how actively you use your mailbox. If you reply to a junk message, the spam flow will not only not decrease, but will increase many times over. Never, under any circumstances, open attachments or follow links in junk mails because it can create a hard damage to your personal information or devices that you use. The best option is to mark such emails as spam and delete them at once.
3. The security software on your computer should include anti-spam tools. There are a lot of apps and online software to help stop spam from getting to your account. They act like spam filters, however, have much more useful features. Keep an eye on updates for your security software, web browser, and other frequently used programs.
4. Train your mail service provider’s spam filter. Like we have already mentioned above, all modern service providers have their own spam filters. Set them up to manage incoming mails automatically, giving them labels and marking as spam. If you have noticed that you are still getting many junk emails, you will need to train your service provider’s spam filter by adding domains and samples of junk mails you don’t want to no longer receive making your filter’s settings more aggressive.
5. Use inbox cleaning tools and apps. There are special types of email management tools like email organizers, which can help you get rid of junk thanks to their features and algorithms. With the intuitive inbox cleaners it is much easier to keep inbox away from cluttering.
Set up rules and filters to manage incoming emails. For example, if you are a Gmail user, it offers a lot of useful features such as mail labeling, filtering, blocking, etc. to keep your mails sorted automatically. You can set up rules to apply certain actions to incoming mails matching the rules, as well as to block senders you don’t want to get advertising and other junk mails from. This way you will clean your Gmail inbox and keep it organized without deleting emails manually.