How To Protect Your Mailbox From Spam In 2021

It is probably impossible to completely get rid of spam – unless you stop using the internet. Although spam filters in email service providers were created to save you from malicious emails indeed, they don’t always work: either they consider important emails to be suspicious, or, on the contrary, send unwanted mail to your inbox. There are some anti-spam methods that can help you clean up your inbox.

Let’s start from what is actually spam or junk email? This is a mass mailing of intrusive emails that usually contain advertisements or offers of services. At the same time, spam can be both harmless (for example, daily news from an online portal or mailing about discounts in an online store that you did not subscribe to) or even harmful (letters with links to phishing sites or malicious attachments). However, all emails that can be called spam have one thing in common – you don’t want to receive them.

How to distinguish spam message:

  1. Look at the sender’s address. Phishing emails are often sent from addresses similar to the real sites of well-known companies. It is important to be able to distinguish real addresses from fake ones. Sometimes the address differs from the real site only in the domain zone. And sometimes even the domain zone can be forged.

  2. Look for the email details. If the letter contains a link that looks like a completely ordinary and familiar site to you – hover over it (but don’t click!) and see where it leads. In Google Chrome, the address is displayed on hover in the lower left corner. Attackers sometimes hide absolutely another link. Do not reply to such a letter, this is the best way to fight spammers. If you reply, this will only confirm that your account is active and you are paying attention to such emails, and there may be more junk mails in the future. If spam comes from a friend or colleague, immediately contact him via another communication channel (for example, by phone) and report that it has been hacked.

  3. Start using a third-party anti-spam protection. On the internet, you can find special email tools which can protect your inbox against spam and be a better protection than standard spam filters. It is also recommended to unsubscribe from emails and newsletters you no longer need to make your account clean and organized. This way you will not accidentally click the junk message thinking that this is just a marketing newsletter.

  4. Create a separate mailbox for personal letters. Spam on the internet works in a simple way: the more sites know your email address, the more unsolicited messages you will receive. It is best to create a separate email for registrations on different internet resources, and give your personal address only to people you know and trusted sites. Spammers often create lists of email addresses by simply going over popular names, surnames, and phrases and substituting the endings of well-known email services. To minimize the chances of your mailbox getting into such a database, it is best to register a personal domain, connect mail to it, and receive a unique email.

  5. Reduce the number of emails you are sending. You will be surprised to know that the less messages you send, the less emails you receive. Use email only for necessary purposes. If you need to say something to your friends or colleagues, you can use chat messengers or send a voice message with an audio chat app.

  6. Do not leave your personal address in public places. If you have a personal website or a page on a popular online resource, it is better not to point your email to them. Many spammers use programs that automatically scan websites for searching new email addresses.

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