Did you know that some studies have found that spam makes up about 45% of all emails? The U.S. and South Korea are the biggest offenders. Chances are if your inbox is full of spam mail, you’re not alone. The good news is that most of today’s popular email clients provide a junk filter service. But, they aren’t always 100%.
Tired of wasting time marking items as spam? Want to enjoy a spam-free inbox? If so, there’s many ways to lower the amount of junk mail you receive. Keep reading for 4 proven ways.
1. Report Spam
The first thing you’ll want to do is to make your email client’s spam filter works more effectively. When a spam email finds its way into your inbox, don’t just delete. Instead, mark it or report it as spam. In Gmail you click the Report Spam button. In Yahoo! Mail you click the Spam button in the toolbar.
By reporting spam, you train the filter to block future emails from spam emails. At the same time, you may want to keep an eye out for false positives as well. Go through your spam folder and make sure emails aren’t being redirected there mistakenly. Marking an email as not spam will ensure it’s sent to your inbox and not the spam folder.
2. Never Open Spam Messages
Some messages are better left unopened. Spam emails can be funny to read, but you want to avoid opening them. Many of these emails have malicious links or images that could infect your computer with malware. Many spammers will hijack real addresses and use that to spam their victims. If you’ve received spam messages from a friend’s address, be sure to let them know their email has been compromised.
Another important piece is to know how to spot spam. Telltale signs of a spam message include:
- Spelling mistakes and improper grammar
- Offering something too good to be true
- Adult, gambling, or money-based subject lines
Remember, spam messages can link you to a virus-filled site. Others are sent in effort to phish recipients. Bottom line: think before you click!
3. Protect Your Email
These days we use our email for almost everything. We need it to log into social media, to sign up for a company’s mailing list, and for other forms of communication. Sometimes we have our emails in plain view without ever knowing. To minimize the risk of a spammer coming across your email address, be mindful of where you post your email address.
Check your social media profiles and make sure that your address isn’t visible to the public. You’ll also want to avoid posting your email on blogs, forums, or in comments. The less you share your email address, the less susceptible you are to receive spam mail. To make using your email safer, consider downloading a browser addon that provides email masking service.
4. Use a Third Party App
There are all sorts of third-party apps that can be used to keep spam out of your inbox. If you’re looking for added protection, a third-party app is your best bet. Online you will find a variety of apps that you can use. From a plugin to use within Gmail to a chrome extension for inbox cleanup, you’re able to choose the best app that meets your needs. Many of the apps you’ll come across will offer a variety of other security services including:
- Password management and generation
- Auto-form fillers
- Malware and phishing protection
Want to avoid having to search to find the best anti-spam applications? Here are two that we recommend downloading.
MailWasher is one of the leaders in the spam filter software industry. The application can be used on all email account clients and allows you to check emails before downloading them to your computer.
MailWasher offers smart spam tools to keep spam out of your inbox which minimizes your risk of being the victim of phishing or social engineering. The app can be used on mobile and PC.
The company offers free and pro versions, depending on your needs and number of users.
Unroll.me allows you to swipe your way to a de-cluttered inbox. The app lets you see a list of all of your subscription emails, allowing you to easily unsubscribe. Once you’ve unsubscribed from junk emails, you’ll never see them again!
One of the coolest features of this app is the rollup feature. It allows you to view all of your email subscriptions in one email. This saves you time from having to open and read emails one by one.
With these tips you can spend less time deleting spam emails. Once you’ve gotten the spam overload under control, continue to be mindful of sharing and posting your email address.
How do you conquer spam? Share your tactics in the comments 🙂