How to Block Emails: A Comprehensive Guide
Unwanted emails are not something that anyone likes to receive. Spam emails can be dangerous and even contain malware. It’s just annoying to receive messages from unknown senders.
According to Statista, spam messages accounted for 45.1% of email traffic generated in March 2021. In 2020, roughly 306.4 billion emails were sent daily, including billions of marketing emails.
Although promotional messages can seem innocent at first, too many could flood your inbox. Malicious emails can also contain dangerous software or links. They can be activated and infiltrated once opened.
We’ll show you how to prevent unwanted emails from being sent from your computer or your email provider.
What are unwelcome emails?
Let’s find out the most commonly unsolicited emails before we attempt to delete them from our inbox.
- Spam emails: Spam messages, also known as junk mail are usually sent to large numbers of subscribers. They are often for promotional purposes.
- Subscribers may be forced or accidentally service might use some tricks to get you to agree to receive messages when you are using a new app.
- Phishing emails these malicious emails pretend to be marketing emails, but they contain malware that can stealthily install itself on your device. This malicious software can spy on you and gather your personal information. This information can be used later for online crimes such as identity theft.
- Emails without a senderThese “no sender/no subject” emails are commonly known as ghost emails in iOs. They may be caused by a system glitch.
- Unwanted personal communications these messages are sent by someone you know and you don’t intend to reply to. It could be an acquaintance asking for money or a former lover trying to get in touch. They’re either asking for a loan or trying to reach out to a past lover.
Why do I keep getting unwelcome emails?
What is the point of being spammed? Good question. These are some of the most common reasons:
- Inadvertently, you subscribed to the company newsletter.
- Your email address has been posted to a public forum.
- A data breach occurred when a company had access to your email details.
- You may have clicked on malicious emails in the past.
How to prevent receiving unwanted emails
These are some tips to help you avoid receiving unsolicited emails.
- Pay attention to the Terms and Conditions of websites and apps.
Perhaps you are checking the auto-subscribe option in these text boxes.
- Only sign up for trusted websites or companies.
Trusted brands are best if you want to receive newsletters or other promotional messages. Reputable companies won’t spam subscribers and are less likely to be involved in data breaches.
- Spammers are not to be trusted.
You might be tempted to respond to spammers to stop them from sending you emails. It is best to not provoke them.
- Use a disposable email.
Another option tech-savvy people use is to use a different email address to sign up for new websites. This is a disposable email that is not connected to your personal accounts. If your security is compromised, you can just abandon the email address. It doesn’t pose any risk to other online accounts.
- Do not reveal your private email address to public domain websites or social networking groups.
Spammers, bots, and scanners are always looking for email addresses online. You can limit the number of people who can view your email address to a select group of contacts if you don’t mind sharing it on social media.
- You can get cybersecurity software that will send you alerts and protect your digital life.
1. Install Clario’s free 7-day trial and create an account
2. Use Browsing to activate all options
3. After all that is done, Clario will provide all-around protection to your device. Safe Browsing will protect you against malicious websites that contain fraud, phishing, spam, or malware.
Unsubscribe vs. Filter Unwanted Emails
How can you tell if the email is legitimate? There are certain tell-tale signs to look out for when spotting phishing emails, including an unclear or unprofessional-looking subject line. Headlines that convey urgency or danger in return for money (“You’re in danger!” You can also shout “scam!”
IT professionals recommend that you delete or mark these emails as spam. Because clicking on Unsubscribe will let them know that someone is using your email address. This could encourage the person who has your email address to send you junk mail.
Legitimate promotional messages, on the other hand, use the company email. They may instead use BankABC@gmail.com or Updates@BankABC.com.
You can report suspicious emails to your email provider if you believe they are phishing. For example, Google has specific pages where you can report: Harassment From a Gmail User, Spam, Impersonation, Phishing Messages, and Non-Phishing Suspicious Messages.
Can you block email?
Yes, you can unsubscribe from spammers and block email addresses. Each email provider and the device is different, but we will give you step-by-step instructions.
How to Block Emails on Gmail
- Unsolicited party’s messages can be opened
- Click the More option in the upper right corner. Or the three vertical lines
- Click Block [sender]
- If you wish to report the message, click on the Report as Spam button
Android users can block others from their phones by following the above steps.
Follow the same steps if you wish to unblock the sender. Instead of clicking Block, click on the Unblock button.
How to Block Outlook and Hotmail Emails
- You can choose a message from an unwanted sender that you wish to block
- Select Junk Mail from the Outlook menu bar
- Click on Block sender. Outlook will then add the sender’s email address into its blocked list. Outlook will filter out future messages from them.
To undo the action, go to Tools > Junk Email preferences. Click on the email address to be blocked and then click Remove Selected Sender.
How to Block Yahoo! Emails
- Yahoo! Yahoo! Mail: Click on the gear icon to select Settings > Blocked Addresses
- Select Block in the Add an Address field
- Enter the email address that you wish to block and click Block.
You may also contact Yahoo’s Customer Care if a person or an organization continues to send you unsolicited emails.
How to Block Emails on iPhone and iPad
You can block unsolicited emails with iOS13 or iPadOS by using the Mail app, Contacts, or both.
iPhone Contacts allows you to block unwanted email
- You must ensure that the email address of the person to be blocked is entered in the Contacts app. You should add the sender to the Contacts app if it isn’t there.
- Open Settings > Mail > Threading options. Tap Block Sender Options
- Click on Block, then click on Add New
- Click on the contact that you have created to block the email sender.
- Allow mail to be stored in iCloud, so that it can be synchronized across all of your Apple devices.
Use the Mail app to block unwanted email
- Send an email to the unwelcome contact
- Click on the sender’s name
- Click on the header to choose Block This Contact
Go to Settings > Mail > Unblock Senders. Simply search for the sender’s name and hit Unblock.
How can I block an email address permanently?
You should not have any problems with particular senders if you’ve followed the steps.
Is it possible for a blocked sender to know that they are blocked
They won’t be notified if you block them. They won’t be notified that you have removed their messages from your inbox. If they attempt to send anything, their emails will go to spam
While they can’t see your messages, they might suspect that you have blocked them.
Unwanted email can be irritating, but it can also pose a threat to your digital security. Better be safe than sorry and get a cybersecurity app like Clario. You can have peace of mind 24 hours a day!