How To Stop Spam Emails & Tips to Prevent

how to Stop Email Spam and block it

You can not prevent yourself from getting spam emails but you can do smart things to automatically filtering spam emails and important emails in your inbox (Gmail, work email etc)

Spam emails or junk emails are those email that
(Unsolicited Bulk Emails)

  • You never requested to receive
  • These emails are sent in bulk
  • Sender details always wrong or hidden
  • Promoting any service or product
  • Mass mailing for scamming people
  • Your email got stolen from third party websites

How to Block Unwanted Emails on Gmail Using Filters

Filters are powerful tool use it with caution because if set wrong filter, you will end up deleting your important emails, so make sure to test and preview your filters.

You can set filters to mark emails from specific address to skip inbox and go to spam or you directly delete them. Filters will keep your inbox from unwanted emails, you can move between different labels as you like.

set filter to delete spam emails

Blocked Address

blocked address in gmail

 

Don’t Reply to Suspicious emails

If you haven’t disabled auto preview images in your inbox then those spammers can track sent emails are opened or not by even they can track obviously.
Also, Don’t click any links also.

desable external images in inbox

Also, make sure don’t always click unsubscribe if you don’t know the sender or email looks suspicious too because sometime spammer send emails to large number of peoples list randomly generated or picked from other sources,
when you click unsubscribe that confirms that email address exists you will end up receiving lots of spam emails.

 

Don’t Put Your Email in Open

Don’t mention your email address on internet (social media, forums, profile page) because that way you are giving your personal email to spammers openly.

If you really have to provide an email address use other third-party services that will mask your email address,  some email service provider like yahoo mail and proton mail provide this functionality inbuilt where you can create a new email address attached to the current email.

 

Yahoo Mail

Oh Boy masking and hiding your primary email id from spammers in yahoo is so easy that everyone should use it, in yahoo mail you can create an alias for your primary email address and use that, you can create 500 disposable email address for temporary use, you can create 10 email address with only send only option so no one else can send you email on that address.

Yahoo mail amazing mailbox optons

+ 1 Alias account
+ 500 Disposable temp email address
+ 10 Send only email address

 

Protonmail

Proton mail provides you also some pretty useful options like adding multiple email address under primary email address, you can even give access to other users of that specific sub address you created.

Proton mail add address

+ Multi-tier user access

– Paid plan required

 

Don’t Use your Personal Email Everywhere

Don’t use your primary email address to sign up on websites that you don’t trust, use your secondary or temporary email address for that.

Right now so many websites try to capture email address of potential clients (lead generation) so they use different tactics like live chat (Drift, Intercom etc), giveaway & contest to get your email address.

live chat get notified by email

Tip: If your intention to use any service(newsletter, freebies alert, job alert) is temporary then don’t use your personal email.

No doubt big companies can protect your data more securely than small companies but there is always a chance of data breach so be safe don’t use primary email for everything(for social, banking, newsletter, office).

Even some big companies share your data with partner companies you can find these details in there privacy policy.
but who reads privacy policy while signing up for a newsletter.

Tip: if you want to check any websites privacy policy quickly you can check out Verge’s video on this topic

 

Mark Spam Emails as Spam

Most of the spam filter can be done at your email client level, so use these filters and rules effectively to separate spam and important emails.

Mark spam emails as spam if they reach your inbox

mark as spam
Mark not spam to important emails or mark them as important if they are

mark not spam if true

If you start to receive spam from a contact you know or it looks like that email is from their email address but it’s not, inform them because there are chances that their account is compromised.

 

Use Temporary Emails services

If you have to sign up on website to try their service use temporary emails services,

You can even skip the account creation step just check bugmenot.com if temporary login credentials are already available or not. For this, you can read our bugmenot Bookmarklet.

 

Burnermail

burnermail dashboard

You can create up 20 active temporary burnermail email address at a time, you can reply to email address if you are using mailbox. You can create an account on website using secondary email address. Burnermail has a handy chrome extension so can access all temp mails more easily.

burnermail using mailbox

+ You can access all temp emails on multiple platforms
+ Chrome Extension to access temp email in few clicks
+ Customize temp emails to differentiate between them

– Sign Up Required 😲

 

10minutemail

 

10minutemail page

As the name suggests every mail you create on this website is only going to last for 10 minutes, you can click give 10 more minutes if time is about to end or you can click give 100 more minutes in the footer to get 100 minutes,
That time is enough to signup on any website to try their service or for any other temporary needs also you can recover your old created 10minutemail address from history option on page if didn’t clear browser data of 10minutemail website.

10 minutemail for 100 minutes

+ No Sign Up
+ Easy to Use
+ Recover Expired email address from History
+ Unlimited Temp mail

– Not useful for long term need
– Same temp mail can not be accessed on multiple platform because no signup
– Emails will be lost on browser data clear

 

Getnada.com

getnada dashboard

When you first open getnada you get a tempmail automatically that you can use as long as you want all individual messages will be after 7 days, you can create multiple customized temp mails as per your need.
Getnada also has a chrome plugin you can use to easily access temp mails in one click.

getnada shared mailbox

Do Not use it for stuff you don’t want to share with anyone because every mailbox created can be accessed by anyone on any platform by just entering exact email address,
So keep your email address unique that one can guess like this Jvy2sC925j2SJsTbteI9.

get nada unique mail address

+ No Sign Up
+ Easy to Use
+ Unlimited Temp mail
+ Customized temp mails
+ Android App available

– Mailbox is shared

 

Guerrillamail.com

guerrillamail.com dashboard

Guerrillamail might confuse you first if haven’t used it.
In guerrillamail there is a Inbox Id that you can customize and keep it secret because every temp email you are going to use is going to be scrambled address of that inbox Id you can change domain,
all emails received by temporary email will arrive to that inbox id so you better keep it secret otherwise anyone else can access your email.

+ No Sign Up
+ Unlimited Temp mail
+ Android App available

– Mailbox is shared

 

Maildrop

maildrop-inbox

Maildrop is another service where you can create a customized email for your temporary needs that are unique as unique you want it to be, Yes like others, maildrop address is shared and can be access by anyone but you you can hide your shared inbox by creating a alias, so user won’t be able to access your primary inbox but they can access given alias address inbox.
Always create unique inbox address that anyone should not able to guess.

+ Unlimited temporary address
+ No sign up
+ Easy to use

– Shared inbox
– Attachment are not allowed
– Max 10 emails at a time stored

Do Use Secondary Email address

Keep your primary email clean and close to your heart do not give it to everyone, reveal it only your close friends and family member.
For day to day interaction and promotional stuff use your secondary email address, that way your main email inbox will clean always.

 

Use Third Party Services to Stop Promotional & Junk Emails

All emails are not always spam sometimes there are website who might send you lot of emails but they are not spam these are promotional emails,

Use this as last resort or incase you don’t have time to clean your inbox because of large quantity of emails. By using third party software you can clear the clutter and unsubscribe those promotional emails, after that if you receive spam or promotional emails just block them and make sure to mark all spam as spam.

 

Unsubscribe Robot

Build by Former Google Employee, to use this service you only need to forward spam emails to [email protected] address and unsubscribe robot will try to unsubscribe you from spam emails by opening unsubscribe link available in email in a simulated browser where no cookie is set by you and completes required step to unsubscribe you. You may still received confirmation of unsubscription,
Keep in mind there is no 100% assurance you are going to be unsubscribed always.

unsubscribe robot fir spam emails

+ No Sign Up
+ Don’t need to give access to third party
+ For everyone

– May not work always

 

Unsubscribe from Mailing list Google Script by Amit Agarwal

Every email has a unsubscribe link in there header if emails are sent by reputed company, this google script uses that link to unsubscribe you from that list, you don’t have to give your gmail accounts access to any third party service. just follow the step by step guide on his blog.

+ No Sign Up
+ Don’t need to give access to third party

– For gmail users
– Needs more attention to setup

 

I hope now you can easily block all the spammy and promotional emails easily and also at the same time using Gmail filters, outlook rules you can categorise your emails. We will be updating post with other tools we find to prevent spam in your inbox.

Amit Yadav
Amit is a student of Chartered Accountancy but also has love for tech stuff, he writes about apps and automation on The Tech Basket.

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