Email security. How to protect your email from spam?
Inna Sabada
by Inna Sabada
Email security. How to protect your email from spam?

We wrote a lot about how to avoid the spam folder, and what steps you need to take to do this, in this article we want to talk about how to protect your email from spam.


According to the Statistician, over the past 5 years, the percentage of emails identified as spam has averaged 55 %.


I am sure that every person who uses his e-mail receives spam every day. This is very annoying. It's probably impossible to completely eradicate spam unless you stop using the Internet.


Every year the algorithms of mail providers become smarter. Mail providers try very hard to protect their users from spam, but many emails still end up in our mailboxes and interfere with our lives, and sometimes, on the contrary, important emails end up in the spam folder. Nobody is immune from this.


What is spam or junk mail? This is a mass sending of intrusive e-mails, which 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 a newsletter about discounts in an online store that you did not subscribe to) and dangerous (emails 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.


In many ways, how much spam we receive depends on our behavior. Let's look at the steps you need to take to protect yourself from spam.


1. Choose reliable email providers.

The protection of your mailbox depends on the choice of an email provider.


The best are:

✅ Gmail

✅ Outlook

✅ AOL Mail

✅ Yahoo Mail

✅ Zoho Mail

✅ Yandex Mail

✅ and other


It is known that Gmail and Outlook have the most stringent spam filters.


2. Train your email provider's spam filters.

Show your email service which emails you don't want to see, if you receive an email and you think it's spam, mark it as Spam. This is very easy to do in Gmail, select the email and send it to the spam folder.


In this way, you will gradually teach your mail provider which emails to immediately send as spam in the future.

3. Do not leave your email on public sites.


If you have a page on social networks or forums, it is better not to make your email public. All well-known social networks have the option to hide your email. Spammers and scammers look for your emails in open sources.


Subscribe to newsletters only from sites you know and if you need this information.


4. Create a separate email for general use.


In continuation to the previous paragraph, if you do not want to receive a mountain of emails in your main or work mailbox, create a separate email for this.


Very convenient for any subscriptions or if you need information for a short time. Do not associate any financial services with this email, for example, do not register this email with banks and other financial institutions.


5. Mailbox hygiene.


Do not be lazy to regularly clean your mailbox, unsubscribe immediately from mailing lists that you do not even open. Usually, this is easy to do, but it happens that you need to go to the site itself and uncheck the boxes about receiving notifications from this site in your account settings.


6. Don't reply to spam.


It is better to carefully look at the subject of the email before opening it, if you see that the email is spam, immediately delete it or mark it as spam.


If you have already opened the email and then realized that it is spam, do not click on links, do not download files, etc., and do not interact with such email in any way. They may contain a virus. Or they could be scammers.


Check the site address very carefully, as a rule, it is very similar to the original one, but there are some differences.


7. Use of specialized tools.


Now many anti-spam filters help further fight spam. If it is really necessary or you need a mailbox for business, it is better to use additional protection methods.


A list of such tools is available on Google. Here are some of them:
1. Trustify Inbound Shield;
2. Hornetsecurity Email Spam Filter and Malware Protection Service;
3. N-able Mail Assure;
4. SpamTitan
5. And other.


Use all methods to protect your mailbox, perhaps the most important thing is not to open such emails and not interact with them. - Auto all-in-one tool to make your email channel reliable | Product Hunt