How to block spam: “Enough! I’m tired of manually deleting dozens and dozens of unwanted emails from my inbox! “ If you see yourself in this exclamation, evidently you too are a victim of spam, or of receiving unwanted messages, often of an advertising nature. Unfortunately, it is not easy to escape this widespread phenomenon, nor to block it.
This does not mean that you have to sit idle and wait for the problem to resolve itself. Indeed, everything possible must be done to reduce the reception of unwanted emails. In the next paragraphs I will give you, therefore, some “tips” that will surely be useful for you to understand how to block spam coming from the Internet and, above all, how to avoid those behaviors that can somehow exacerbate the problem.
I do not promise you miracles – also because it would be utopian to think you can say goodbye to junk emails forever – but I can guarantee you that, at the end of this reading, you will surely know what to do to limit the receipt of unwanted messages. So, are you ready to delve into the matter? Yup? Fantastic! Make yourself comfortable, take your time to examine the suggestions contained in the next lines and, above all, put them into practice. I cross my fingers for you!
How to block spam emails
Block spam emails in a total way it is practically impossible. However, there are some steps you can take to try to reduce the amount of unwanted messages that are received in your inbox. In this case, it is possible to unsubscribe from newsletters, create anti-spam filters (if the mail service used allows you to do so) and report unwanted messages to your provider.
Unsubscribe from the newsletter
If the spam emails you’re receiving come from a newsletter you’ve signed up for, perhaps unintentionally, blocking spam shouldn’t be that hard. In these cases, in fact, to stop receiving such advertisements is sufficient unsubscribe from the newsletter.
Don’t have the faintest idea how to unsubscribe from a newsletter? Come on, don’t get lost in a glass of water. Just open one of the emails that are part of the distribution list to which you are subscribed and click on the link or button contained within it to communicate to the newsletter manager that you want to be unsubscribed from it.
Therefore, access your e-mail box, locate the message from the newsletter you are subscribed to, scroll the page you see until you reach the bottom, locate the link or button used to cancel (eg. Unsubscribe, Deleted, Unsubscribe, Unsubscribeetc.) and click on it.
At this point, a web page should open in which you are given confirmation that the newsletter has been unsubscribed, or you may receive further instructions to do so: follow them in order to complete the removal of your email address from the list distribution and you will be able to sleep “soundly”.
Create spam filters
Another trick you can take to try to block unwanted emails is create spam filters. Many Web Mail clients and services offer solutions of this type and, if you remember well, I have already talked about it extensively in the guide in which I show how to block emails.
While using these filters is not a guarantee that you will no longer receive unwanted emails, they certainly help mitigate the spam problem a bit. Some of these filters allow, for example, to block all messages from a specific provider or from a specific sender in the bud. In some cases, it is even possible to block emails that contain certain words in their subject or body that can be traced back to potentially dangerous sites.
You can find more information about the use of spam filters by reading the guides in which I explain how to activate them on Gmail, Outlook, iCloud, Yahoo, Virgilio and TIM Mail. I’m sure you will find these additional insights very useful.
Report spam to the provider
A mistake many users make is to immediately delete the spam emails they receive. While it is wise not to click on links in unwanted messages or download attachments (as they may hide malware), it is also important report spam to the provider so as to block any unwanted messages that may be sent to you in the future by the spammer who “pointed” to you.
The procedure to follow to report a message as spam varies from provider to provider, but in principle what you have to do is select the unwanted email and then click on the appropriate option that allows you to mark it as spam (eg. Mark as junk, Report as spam or Report as unwantedetc.).
If you are having trouble finding the option to mark an email as spam, try taking a look at the insights where I show you how to block unwanted emails and how to block emails from an address – I’m sure these readings will be of great help to you.
Tips for avoiding spam
After having seen how to block spam, let’s see which behaviors should be adopted and which not for avoid falling victim to the spammer on duty. I’m sure that by applying the tips listed below you will be able to significantly reduce the number of unwanted messages in your inbox.
Use a long username
When creating a new e-mail address, there are some practical steps you can take to prevent unwanted messages from being received. A few examples? Use a long usernameconsisting of at least 9-10 characters.
Why should we pay attention to this aspect? Because spammers use some very advanced software, called email address generators in jargon, to target unfortunate users. In many cases, they choose a domain to attack (eg Gmail, Outlook or iCloud) and, using an email address generator, obtain possible combinations of addresses to attack.
If a username is long enough, it is less likely to be “guessed” by the generator and attacked by the spammer: this explains why you should prefer to use an email address that is at least ten characters long. This is a very simple advice to implement, but very effective.
Don’t indiscriminately distribute your email
Another very useful trick that will help you avoid spam is that of do not indiscriminately distribute your email address. Often, in fact, a strange “coincidence” happens: you subscribe to a Web service or give your e-mail address to a complete stranger and, a moment later, you find yourself inundated with junk messages.
If you want to avoid finding yourself in such a situation, you have only one “weapon” at your disposal: common sense. If a web service (or a real person) doesn’t inspire you a lot of trust, don’t risk compromising your email by providing it with too much. nonchalance.
If you really need to provide an e-mail address (perhaps to confirm your identity and register for the service), use a temporary mailbox. You can find some more detailed information on this in the following chapter.
Use temporary mailboxes
As I mentioned earlier, another great way to avoid spam is to make wise use of temporary email boxesthanks to which it is possible to keep one’s main email address “intact”, thus also preserving one’s privacy.
There are many services that allow you to create disposable email addresses. One of the most famous is Mailinatorthanks to which it is possible to create emails of the type username@ mailinator.com and which, like an email client, allows you to manage multiple accounts simultaneously. Before showing you how to use Mailinator, I would like to tell you that the addresses created with this service are deleted after a few hours and completely automatically.
To create a temporary mailbox with Mailinator, click here so as to connect to its home page and then type in the text field Check Any Inbox! the first part of the address you want to create; then click on the button GO! and that’s it: you will access the inbox of the newly created mailbox.
To open an incoming message, click on its subject to open it and view its contents and, if you wish to delete it, click on the trash can located at the top right (next to the floppy disk symbol and the arrow pointing to the right).
To add and manage a new mailbox, instead, click on the button Enter Inbox (located at the top left, immediately below the Mailinator logo), type the initial part of the new address, click the button Enter keyboard and here the second temporary email you just created will be added to the list located on the left.
As I mentioned earlier, there are many services that allow you to create temporary emails. Among the most famous I mention YOPmail, Tempinbox, Airmail, Guerrilla Mail and Tempr Email. If you want to learn more about them, please read the guide in which I show how to create a temporary mailbox.