Spam emails are an unavoidable reality of the modern online world, turning your email management into a hassle. From simply annoying to being a danger to your system, spam must be dealt with effectively. The spam filter from mail.com is the perfect solution.
Spam: both nuisance and nemesis
All too often, an important email is buried in superfluous advertising, requiring you to have to scroll through the mountain of unsolicited mail just to find the emails that need your attention. Beyond being time-consuming and a nuisance, this spam mail can even be harmful, as it sometimes contains viruses and other malware.
A further threat posed by spam email is called phishing. Phishing is an attempt to gather personal information by sending emails under false pretences, like a fake invoice. This makes protecting your inbox from spam as much a security issue as a matter of convenience. Thankfully, at mail.com we are equipped with a number of tools to help prevent your inbox from filling up with unwanted junk mail and protecting you from:
- Unsolicited mail
- Superfluous advertising
- Phishing attempts
- Email viruses
Identifying the different types of spam
Email spam, which affects individuals and their private accounts, is when your email address is obtained without your knowledge and you begin to receive unsolicited mail. At best, spam is annoying, but at worst it is a fraudulent attempt to obtain personal information. Understanding the different types of spam that exist is imperative to knowing how to protect yourself against it.
- Advertisements - Aside from clogging up your inbox, this kind of spam does not pose any risk, although sometimes the content may be of adult nature and thereby offensive to some.
- Trojan spam - Unlike a blatant advertisement, this type of spam is usually appears more reputable and usually has an embedded link or attachment in the body of the email. This usually contains viruses or malware. These viruses can be very damaging, putting your hardware, software and even personal information in jeopardy.
- Phishing scams - Lastly, the most dangerous type of email spam is phishing scams. Phishing is a form of fraud in which an email is sent to your account purporting to be from a reputable source. The aim is to obtain personal information, like login details or even financial information. The goal is to steal money and even full-identities through this spam email tactic.
Whichever type of spam you want to protect yourself from, mail.com offers powerful spam protection through various tools and resources to keep your inbox safe.
How mail.com protects you from spam
Spam is unavoidable, but we have developed a number of anti-spam measures which can prevent these nuisances from infringing on your online experience and letting you get straight to the important mails. At mail.com, we use not only one, but seven different spam detection tools to keep your inbox spam free. With our various spam protection tools by your side, you can rest assured that you and your inbox are in good hands. These include:
- Spam detection - Spam detection is your first line of defence against email spam. It takes into account the various methods spammers use to obtain your email address and uses this information to detect which emails may contain spam. The spam detection tool keeps your inbox clutter free and safe from harmful spam.
- Spam list - An up-to-date spam list is crucial to preventing spam from reaching your email inbox. As mail passes through the spam detection, suspect mail is sent to the spam folder. At which point, based on the quality and content of these emails, you can manually add addresses to your spam lists. You have two types of spam list: whitelist and blacklist. By adding mail to your whitelist, you authorise the sender to continue sending you mail. This is helpful if the spam filter has picked up something as spam - say mail from a new sender - that you may actually need. The blacklist, on the other hand, is a list of spam email accounts that you do not wish to have communication from. Once an address has been placed on your blacklist, that email address is blocked and you will no longer receive emails from it. Having spam mail directly filtered to your spam folder saves you from having to sift through endless emails in your inbox, hampering you from immediately recognising important correspondence.
- Spam filter – A spam filter is a standard feature on every mail.com account since all it takes is one rogue email containing a virus to infect your computer. What’s more, a spam filter saves you a lot of time and frustration, as you no longer have to wade through thousands of spam emails to locate the important ones.
Combining your own knowledge with our powerful anti-spam tools keeps the amount of spam you receive to the absolute minimum, helping you stay safe and productive.
To streamline your online communication even further, you can sync all of your email addresses together by using the Mail Collector feature from mail.com. This allows you to have access to all of your emails, anywhere and anytime, from any device, all in one convenient location. Enjoy a safer, better, and more efficient email experience with mail.com.
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