6 Best Ways to Protect Your Email Inbox from Spam
Don’t you just hate getting unsolicited messages that aren’t even close to anything you’re interested in? All of those emails about buying unneeded warranties, refinancing your mortgage, advance ordering self-help eBooks, and the rest are spam. Plain and simple. They’re annoying and there has to be some kind of spam protection plan, right? Some simple tricks to keep the spam from piling up?
There absolutely is, and here are the the six (6) best ways to protect your email inbox from spam.
1) THINK ABOUT THE MESSAGE THAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO OPEN
Sometimes email servers have automated email filters, and when you open a message that is clearly spam, the filter thinks that you are okay with receiving messages like the one you just opened. The filters won’t catch everything. So, before you open the message, think about where it came from, what the subject line reads, and what context the message could be referring to. The more you scrutinize, the better off you’ll be.
2) DON’T CLICK ON ANYTHING
Spam is usually packed with hyperlinks that will take you sales pages, product pages, or (if its sent from a hacker) pages designed to get code inserted onto your machine. Don’t download anything from a sketchy email, don’t click on the links, and just generally ignore anything it tells you to do. This is a fundamental aspect of good spam protection.
3) DON’T REPLY
If you reply to a spam message, you’re instantly engaging with whoever sent it to you in the first place. You more than likely were not targeted with the spam message, but once you respond, the sender knows that they have a live person available that’s already willing to connect with them. This tactic is called “phishing” and it’s one of the main ways that hackers find targets.
4) KEEP YOUR EMAIL PRIVATE
Spammers and hackers are always looking for email addresses to add to their potential target lists. If you post your email publicly somewhere, like a forum or social media, then you can bet that spammers and hackers will find it, scoop it up, and add it to their collection. Practice good spam protection by keeping your email private.
5) AVOID USING PERSONAL OR BUSINESSES EMAIL ADDRESSES
Just about ever site online these days requires you to register a username, which means you also need to link it to an email so that you can recover your account if necessary. If you have to use an email for registration, or random online contests or deal updates, avoid using any email that you want to remain spam-free. A business email will especially be recognized and tagged for targeting.
6) LEVERAGE THE LATEST SPAM FILTERS AND ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
Even though some email services have spam filters, they may not catch everything. Some tactics involve being careful about the messages you open, not responding to obvious spam, and not clicking on anything suspicious. But one of the very best ways to have good spam protection is to use the latest filtering tools and anti-virus software, just in case something does slip through the cracks.