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Drowning in spam! How can I stop it?

Every time you sign up for an interesting offer online, your inbox is flooded with spam. I’ve come to the point where I’m afraid to check my email. Is there a way to avoid all junk mail?

Online marketers are very tenacious. Providing your email address to participate in contests and win discount coupons will allow you to expect regular delivery of ads, come-ons and hard cells. You may also pass your address to a partner who clutters your inbox. The best way to avoid inbox overload is to filter these messages to another account to keep them away from the more important ones.

This requires at least two email accounts. Keep your current email address to keep in touch with friends, family and trusted merchants on a regular basis. Create a new account (Gmail or Outlook.com) and use it for ads, newsletters, promotions, and other less important things that you can scroll (or completely ignore) when you care.

Creating that new account is only the first step. Shunting all unwanted emails from your primary account takes time and a little effort.

  • Use the unsubscribe button to remove the useless mailing list. If the flow still doesn’t stop, add the sender’s address to the junk filter.
  • For mailing lists and other promotional materials that you still want to receive, change your address to a secondary account. Look for options to change the email addresses they have registered for you. If there is no easy way to do that, press the unsubscribe button and then resubscribe (or don’t!) Using that spare email address.
  • Get in the habit of using a new secondary address when signing up for what you think you might receive junk mail. If the service turns out to be important and worth promoting to your main account, you can also use the address change option here.
  • Set the primary account’s spam filter to the most aggressive setting and then if necessary to manage false positives[迷惑メールではない]Use the option to monitor your spam / junk mail folder for a month or two.

If all this sounds like it works, well … yes. But in the long run, it’s easier than wrestling with out-of-control mailboxes every day. You can further refine this strategy by organizing your messages into folders with filters, rules, and Gmail labels. However, you can reduce the torrent of junk mail in your main inbox just a little bit by simply creating another account and not giving the untrusted party a “real” email address.


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