How to stop your spam emails

By 2021, it is expected that 320 billion emails will be sent each day, with half thought to be spam emails.

In this guide, IPS breaks down some ways you can help reduce your spam emails. 

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Advice

Advice

“How can I stop spam email?” is a question which sadly has no perfect answer. There isn’t a solution that works perfectly. Blocking spam is a balance. There are many software packages that help to do it, but ultimately it’s a tradeoff between losing legitimate emails if they’re incorrectly filtered or getting more emails and manually deleting them.

Do not open or forward emails which you suspect is a scam

Delete the email if you suspect it is a scam

 

Do not open attachments from unknown sources

These links are likely to contain viruses which will infect your device

 

Contact the person or organisation

If in doubt, contact the person or organisation the email claims to have been sent by, via a different form of contact, for example, their website.

 

Do not readily click on links in emails from unknown sources

Instead, roll your mouse pointer over the link to reveal its true destination, displayed in the bottom left corner of your screen. Beware if this is different from what is displayed in the text of the link from the email.

 

Do not respond to emails from unknown sources

Responding will only confirm that your email address is active, so you are more likely to receive more spam email.

 

Do not make purchases or charity donations in response to spam emails

This is how fraudsters steal victims out of their money. Do not believe spam emails when they ask you to make donations, your money will not go to these causes.

 

Register with the free tools and services we have highlighted below

Services

Services

ProtonMail*

Consider services that don’t require you to handle private keys, such as ProtonMail, which now comes with the support for the Tor Browser. Tor is like a regular browser with privacy benefits, and its often used by the privacy-conscious, such as reporters and activists.

Mail Washer*

A package with over 8 million people using their spam filters. This package integrates into mail clients such as Outlook, Thunderbird, Gmail and Hotmail. It promises protection against spam, phishing email, email viruses, unwanted newsletters and unwanted email.

Spamihilator

Removes more than 98% of spam email, even before they get to the mailbox. It also uses an intelligent learning filter and maths to calculate the probability of the email being spam, allowing the user to train the filter.

SPAMfighter

Partnered up with Microsoft to build a strong, safe and effective anti-spam filter. SPAMfighter can be installed with Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Live Mail or Thunderbird.

PGP Encryption

While this remains the favourite for scrambling the contents of email messages, it is not as strong as it used to be. However, if you do want to use PGP, get started with these Windows or Mac guides from the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Or you can get an invite to Keybase.io where you can choose to import your PGP private key and use the web-based encrypt and decrypt tools.

Complaints

Make a complaint

Information Commissioner's Office

If you receive spam email, report it to the Information Commissioners Office who will use the information you have provided to identify, investigate and take action against organisations that are not following the rules around direct marketing.

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2 Responses

  1. Graham Smith says:

    Copy of email just received – obviously scam.

    RE : **grahamsmith ** : You W0N an Amazon REWARD. // .!/
    Inbox

    /February_Winner/!
    16:23 (1 hour ago)
    to me

    ***Please respond!***

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