What is Spam Email?
This is a little like trying to define which plants are weeds. Spam emails are mass emails that you don’t want to receive.
The big emails services such as Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo email and others automatically delete as much spam mail as they can be sure of, but huge amounts still gets through to us It is estimated that 50% of the world’s email is spam. That’s a lot of billions of emails per day.
So, how do you block this stuff?
Your email provider will have a series of settings available that let you choose whether to accept all email or automatically filter out anything suspicious. It’s your choice – block everything and risk losing important emails or put up with the spam to ensure you get all relevant emails.
Your email service will learn from your actions – as you mark emails as spam or not spam it learns which ones you do want.
Spam Blocking Services
There are specialist services that can filter your email and only allow through the ones you want. This can be a little hit and miss as the service has to learn which ones you want.
Here are some of the most popular spam blocking services:-
This is a free service and is used by several millions of people. It claims to work with Windows Live Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, EM Client and every other email program.
After you sign up, an Unsubscribe folder is created in your inbox. Drag in unwanted email and Unsubscriber will block email from those senders from entering your inbox.
This is a free service and SPAMfighter claims to work with Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird.
This one gives a 30 day free trial then you need to pay for the service.
This has home and business versions and there are free trial periods.
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