Until couple of months back I received unwanted emails on my Gmail and didn’t knew how to arrest that. Each mail client has its own unique method to handle spam. Some are soft and some are so strict that a valid mail will also land into junk.
I realize that Gmail has pretty strong system to identify spam, once it knows your habits, its filters automatically start working to show you less and less unwanted mails. Most of the action to prevent unsolicited mail needs to be taken by the user and once an action is set, Gmail would take care to follow the path. At the end of the day, who will not like to see a clean inbox?
Gmail spam filters are really good, so before you follow the steps below, ensure that you are done with the basics. I mean select the unwanted message and click on spam button, after following this process couple of times, if you don’t succeed than go further. Spam filter will work efficiently after few instances of marking a message as spam.
Follow the below steps to block junk in your Gmail
- If you use Google chrome, you can click here to install Block sender extension.
- After adding the extension on your browser, open the Gmail message that you want to block. You will see block button with a dropdown below the search bar.
- Click on the block button and immediate action happens. This is a paid extenstion, that offeres only a limited number of blocks for free
By following this 3 step process you have stopped a particular sender or domain or mail with similar subjects coming to your inbox.
If you want to try something that is free and works well, you may use the following process to stop junk in your inbox.
- Go your Gmail inbox and select the message you want to label as spam. Below the search bar, you will see ‘More’ button. Click on the dropdown and select – Filter messages like these.There are other methods to reach this window like going to settings from wheel shape at the top right but I find this little easier.
- A window will open with From filed already filled. You will need to enter your email id in the “To’ filed, then subject of the mail, then contains the words (that you think are spam coming from this particular sender). Once you have filled the required details, click on create filters with search at the bottom.
- From the new window – check the Delete it box and click on create filter.
Any mail coming from this sender will automatically go to trash.
If after following the above process you still face any problem, Do post your query in the forum.
Note : Before you action any particular email as spam, check the sender id’s. I understand that spam will always come from unrecognized sender id’s but not all would be unsolicited. There may be mails to reset your password or for authentication for a double optin or simply a typo error by someone.
Prevention is better than cure, so few pieces of advice, which will help reduction of spam in the first place.
- User name same as email address – Avoid using chat platforms or forums that use email id as a user name, vulnerability is much higher, example chat forums of yahoo have @yahoo in the last.
- Never reply on a spam mail.
Should you have any suggestion to offer on how to stop spam in Gmail, I would love to hear from you through a comment below.