How to Block Emails: A Comprehensive Guide
Promotional messages may appear to be innocuous at first, but if you receive a large number of them, your inbox may become cluttered, especially if you receive them regularly. Malicious emails may also contain links to malicious websites or malicious software. They can activate and infiltrate your device once they have been opened.
We’ll show you how to prevent this from happening in the first place by teaching you how to block unwanted emails on your computer or from your email provider.
What are unwanted emails?
Before we attempt to remove them from our inbox, let’s take a look at the most common types of unwanted emails that we receive:
In addition to being known as junk mail, spam emails are messages that are sent in large quantities to a list of subscribers, usually for promotional purposes.
In some cases, when you are using a new app or website, the service may use certain tactics to trick you into agreeing to receive communications from them.
Phishing emails: These malicious messages appear to be marketing emails, but they contain software that allows them to install themselves on your device without your knowledge. As a result, the malicious software can spy on your activities and even collect personal information about you. This can later be used for specific online crimes, such as identity theft if the information is obtained.
Emails with no sender or subject: Known to iOS users as “ghost emails,” these “no sender” and “no subject” emails may be the result of a system glitch, according to the company.
Emails and other personal communications that you do not wish to receive from someone you know are referred to as “unwanted personal communications.” Perhaps it’s an acquaintance who’s asking for a loan or a former lover who’s still trying to get in touch. In any case, they’re clogging up your inbox with unnecessary messages.
Why am I getting unwanted emails?
What causes people to be spammed? That’s a good question. The following are the most frequently cited reasons:
- You unintentionally signed up for a company’s email newsletter.
- You have made your email address available to the public through a public forum or website.
- A company that had access to your email address was the victim of a data breach.
- In the past, you opened a malicious email and clicked on a link within it.
How to avoid getting unwanted emails
To avoid receiving unsolicited emails in the first place, here are some helpful hints:
Read the fine print of the Terms and Conditions of apps and websites before using them.
Perhaps you’re looking into the auto-subscribe feature of one of these tricky text boxes.
Subscriptions should only be made to reputable companies or websites.
If you do agree to receive newsletters and other promotional messages, make certain that they are from reputable companies and organizations. Companies with a good reputation do not spam their customers and are less likely to be involved in data security breaches.
Spammers should not be interacted with.
Perhaps you will feel compelled to respond to these spammers to prevent them from sending you further messages. However, it is usually best to avoid provoking them in any way possible.
Make use of a disposable email address.
Another technique that tech-savvy individuals use is to sign up for new websites with a different email address than the one they are currently using. Known as a disposable email address, it is not associated with your account(s). When your email address’s security is compromised, you can simply delete it from your computer’s hard drive, and it will not pose a threat to your other online accounts.
Stay away from public domain websites and social media groups where you might be asked for your private email address.
Email addresses that are readily available online are always in high demand by bots, spammers, and scanning software. If you decide to continue posting your email address on social media, you may want to restrict who can see it to only a few select contacts.
Purchase cybersecurity software that will send you alerts regularly and will protect all aspects of your digital life.
1. Download and install Clario’s free 7-day trial software and register an account.
Clarion accounts can be created.
Select Browsing from the Dashboard drop-down menu.
Clario’s Control Panel
3. In Browsing, make sure that all of the options are turned on.
Clario’s protection should be activated.
4. Once you’ve completed the process, your device will be protected from all angles by Clario. The Safe Browsing feature will protect you from malicious websites that may contain fraud, phishing links, spam, and malware, as well as other harmful content.
Clarion protects you against spam, phishing, and other forms of fraud.
Unsubscribe vs. filter unwanted emails
So, how do you tell if an email is from a legitimate marketing company or if it is a spammy, potentially dangerous email? When it comes to spotting phishing emails, there are a few tell-tale signs to look out for, including an unclear or unprofessional-looking subject line, among other things. The use of headlines that convey a sense of urgency and danger in exchange for money (“You are in danger!”). “Give money now!”) screams “scam!” as well.
The majority of IT professionals recommend that you simply delete or mark these emails as spam, even if they contain an Unsubscribe button. The reason for this is that by clicking on Unsubscribe, you are informing them that someone is actively using the email address you have provided. It means that you may be encouraging whoever has your email address to send you even more junk mail.
If you believe that business emails you have received are phishing attempts, you can report them directly to the email provider. To give you an example, Google has specific pages where you can report: Gmail Harassment, Spam, Impersonation, Phishing Messages, and Non-Phishing Suspicious Messages (all of which are not phishing).