Is your inbox full of emails from people you don’t know? If so, you might be receiving spam emails. Spam emails are unsolicited messages, usually sent out for advertising purposes. However, some of these emails are also designed to steal your personal information, like your bank details. If you’re tired of receiving these kinds of messages, here’s how to stop junk mail and get rid of the ones that are currently clogging up your inbox.
How to Stop Junk Mail in 6 Easy Steps:
Step 1. Be careful about revealing your email address
Think of your email address as a valuable piece of personal information. You don’t want just anyone getting a hold of it, so try to keep it private and avoid posting it in public forums such as message boards or revealing it on websites that have questionable legitimacy.
Step 2. Use a throwaway email account
If you have to provide an email address to use a site but don’t want it to have your actual email address, use a throwaway account from a site like TempMail to keep your real account safe. The Chrome and Firefox plugin Blur is also a good, free alternative that will keep your real address private.
Step 3. Set up email filters to detect spam as it comes in
Depending on what email client you use, there is generally the option to create email filters that automatically send messages with a particular subject line or from a particular sender directly to a junk folder or even to your trash folder. Check your client’s user guide to determine how to smartly train its filters to detect and remove spam. Likewise, you should correct your client if it happens to mark a certain message as spam erroneously.
Step 4. Block the senders of the spam emails you receive
This step can be implemented with varying levels of success. Given that spammers often use fake email addresses that differ with every mailing, you may find that spam emails continue even after blocking the sender. However, if you notice that you’re receiving messages from the same address over and over, you can block it within your email client, which should stop it from hitting your inbox.
Step 5. Whatever you do, never respond to a spam email
While it might be tempting to reply to a spam email with an angry tirade or even a request to permanently remove you from their contacts, this never works out. In fact, it could even lead to your account receiving even more spam as the sender will then know that your account is active.
Step 6. Don’t click on any links or buy anything from spam emails
It may seem obvious, but if a message seems like spam, it likely is. Don’t be tempted to purchase anything from one or click on any links contained within the message, even if it seems to offer a way to unsubscribe to the mailing list. Doing so could lead spammers to gain access to your private information and/or share your address with other companies that could lead to more spam.
If you find that the number of spam mail messages is getting out of control and following the above steps hasn’t helped, it may be time to consider getting a new email address now.