Spam is commonly described as irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the Internet to a large number of recipients for the purposes of advertising, phishing, malware distribution, and other annoyances.
Spam, which ranges from unwanted junk mail to dodgy emails with potentially malicious links, is unpleasant at best and really dangerous at worst. That is why it is important to know and use tips that can help reduce junk and chaos in your inbox.
- Most email service providers use algorithms, according to which their filters recognize spam and send it to a certain folder. But you have to remember that email filters are not perfect and you have to guide them so they can do their job for you as effectively as possible. Each time you receive an unwanted message you have to mark it as spam, because simple deleting will not provide any changes into filter settings, and you will keep on receiving junk emails from that source.
- From time to time you need to check your spam folder and delete junk messages. If the message looks like spam, 95% that it is really spam, so delete it with no doubt. At the same time, you may be getting phishing emails when email headers are changed to pretend the message was sent from a legitimate sender. In this case, it is better to check if the email address is valid for all suspicious senders before replying to them or downloading any attachments that may contain viruses and malware.
- Email service providers can’t put all their efforts into the endless improvement of spam filters. That is why it is reasonable to use third-party filters. In the pair with the filters of your email provider, the upcoming messages will have to pass two spam filters. And even if the first one will not recognize the threat. another one will probably catch it.
- Unsubscribing from mailing lists is a great way to reduce junk in your inbox. Marketers frequently obtain your email address through online forms, social media, and scraping tools, as well as purchasing it from other businesses. As a result, the fewer subscriptions you have, the less likely marketers and spammers will be able to identify your address. If you have too many subscriptions you can use email tools, like Clean Email. Its Unsubscribe feature will do this job for you.
- It is obvious that you have to do your best to keep your mail address private. Do not post it on the websites where it can be easily seen, because the spammers use software that automatically searches email addresses. If the case is critical, and you can’t even use a temporary email address there, at least time your message with “at” instead of “@” sign.
- If the spam keeps coming, there is a chance that your email account has been compromised in a data breach. When hackers have your personal information, it might become too difficult to avoid spam. Unfortunately, the only smart solution, in this case, is changing of the email address.
- If it so happens that you opened a spam message, never click any link or download an attachment inside it. If you respond to spam messages or try to unsubscribe or request removal from a spammer’s email list, then the hackers will see for sure that your email address is real, resulting in you receiving even more spam than before.