How to Stop Getting Spam Emails
Spam emails can be very annoying. Most people check their emails every morning, the last thing you want is 100+ emails to shift through, and half of them are spam! If you are not technologically advanced, don't worry, these steps are straightforward.
1. Train Your Spam Filters
Just like your Instagram feed having a set algorithm to your taste, so do spam filters. Spam filters work in various ways.
- Checking the origin of an email from suspicious senders
- Checking the subject line and content for words used in spam emails
- "Enter a chance to win _____!"
- Flagging emails containing links or photos that don't seem legitimate.
Since spammers and scammers are only getting more advanced as we progress into technology, filters need to be continuously updated. When you get an influx of emails, and they are spam, it is good to flag them, so the spam filters are aware. Flagging these emails provides data to your email provider, keeping them updated with the spams.
2. Keeping your Primary Email Private
When we sign up for things online, whether for an account, information, or shopping, we tend to forget about all the usernames and passwords associated with our emails. When signing up for things that require your personal email, ask yourself, is it worth it? Can you get that information elsewhere?
This does not mean you should never give your personal email out. Just be wary of where you are submitting it. Sites that require emails for signups are usually doing that so they can make sales and push out marketing information.
3. Have a Separate Email for Signups
Making a new email is really easy if you have zero important contacts tied to it. Using web-based services like Gmail or Yahoo mail to generate a new email address is simple. Creating a secondhand email address specifically for signups can relieve you of spam emails in your personal account.
Once you have created the secondary email, you will now use it just for signups. If you are going to a new service or online shopping, this email is for that. Now you can set filters of just what you want to see, and it will automatically go to your main inbox.
Using tools, even in your secondary email, can be helpful. Some sites will have services that will identify spam emails. Once you mark that security preference, you will get emails from a spammer that will be easier to identify because Gmail will put at the end of the email "not_trusted." Once that is identified, you can block the email.
4. How to Identify Senders
When scammers and spammers target emails, they often use a "spoof" email address that looks very real. Sometimes these addresses can resemble names of friends or family you know. You can check the reliability of the email first before you move it to be flagged for spam.
Look at the header of the email; this will show the sender's return email address and an IP address. Headers can be forged and often telling. If you are unsure about the email, you can use GladiKnow's (gladiknow.com), which is a person search platform and can reverse email lookup and ensure that the sender is legitimate.
5. Never Reply or Click on a Link
A lot of these emails that are sent from spammers and scammers are often encoded with viruses. If you click on any links or photos, you may be vulnerable to getting a virus and someone getting your information. If you are curious about an email, go onto a different browser and look up the company's actual website. Most of the time, if it seems iffy, it probably is.
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