Newsletters and other promotional emails cannot be called “spam” technically, as they are from legitimate organizations but sometimes they get annoying. In this article, we will try to help you get rid of such unwanted messages.
The very first tip is to think twice before giving your email address to online forums and guest books and of course any suspicious websites. If you already do so, you can close this article and enjoy your free-from-spam Inbox.
However, it is very easy to get into some distributional newsletter list even if you did not intend to. It’s a common practise to provide unsubscribe link in every legitimate newsletter. Usually, desirable link is hidden at the bottom of the email message. You might want to try the following steps to free your inbox from unwanted newsletter once and forever:
1. Open a newsletter message;
2. Find the Unsubscribe link and click on it. Sometimes it can be hard to find the needed link because newsletter senders do not want to lose their audience. You can resolve this little issue using a search option in the webmail client (to speed things up you can press Ctrl+F) and type “Unsubscribe” in the search field. Here it is! Usually, clicking on the link redirects you to the source website and asks to confirm your decision;
NOTE: If you use some email application, the combination of the “Search” hot keys might be different, e.g. Outlook will respond to Ctrl+E to run the search.
3. Finally, you see something like: We have removed your email address from our list. What a relief! This might be not the end of the story though. Sometimes, it is required to go through several steps before you finally see that you are unsubscribed.
Keep in mind, the guide applies to legitimate email newsletters (like Linkedin, Twitter etc.). Spam newsletters are not so easy to deal with. It’s typical for spam newsletters to lead your email address to more spam lists (and this is definitely not the unsubscribe process). This is where Spamdrain comes in handy. Newsletter filter is enabled at your Spamdrain account by default. Now, using Spamdrain newsletter filter, spam newsletters are not a problem anymore.
You can find more information here.
Hopefully, now you will be much more confident in security of your email address in terms of spam newsletters.
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Local part consists of up to 64 characters and is chosen by the email account owner or administrator.
2) Domain part
Could be custom domain, company, organization providing the email service, ISP provider. The domain name part of an email address has to conform to strict guidelines: it must match the requirements for a hostname, a list of dot-separated DNS labels, each label being limited to a length of 63 characters.
3) “At” sign
Officially, this symbol is called commercial at. Unofficially, most people seem to refer to it as the at sign or just at. Recently, there has also been a movement to call it the “atmark”. There are also numerous nicknames for it, including snail, curl, strudel, whorl, and whirlpool.
apenstaartje – Dutch for “monkey’s tail”
snabel – Danish for “elephant’s trunk”
kissanhnta – Finnish for “cat’s tail”
klammeraffe – German for “hanging monkey”
papaki – Greek for “little duck”
kukac – Hungarian for “worm”
dalphaengi – Korean for “snail”
grisehale – Norwegian for “pig’s tail”
sobachka – Ukrainian for “little dog”
We believe that there are more funny names for @ sign than gathered above. Tell us how @ sign is called in your country or probably your own nickname for it.
Looking forward to your comments.
Check out these amazing facts about email. Probably, you have not heard about all of them
1. First email message celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. In October 1971 first email message was sent between two computers placed next to each other. Thank you Ray Tomlinson for the first email program on the ARPANET system!
2. Do you know where the word “spam” came from? It is named for canned meat product that was introduced in 1937. The word spam became popular in 1970 because of BBC comedy sketch Monty Python. The name of meat product was mentioned 108 times in that sketch. You can check it here
3. Do you have one of the most common passwords? We hope you don’t, but to make sure just have a look at the top 10 most used passwords:
4. According to a Radicati Group study from February 2015, there are about 2.5 billion email users in the world. In May 2009, Radicati Group made a research that there are about 1.9 billion email users worldwide. As for 2019, they project nearly 2.9 billion email users all over the world.
5. Just a few numbers that show how common the spam problem is:
Average office worker receives 121 emails a day:
– Percentage of email that is spam: 49.7%
– Percentage of emails that have a malicious attachment: 2.3%
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1. There are two lists where you can put email addresses: Whitelist and Blacklist. As you can guess from the names, there is a possibility to add unwanted email addresses to the blacklist and forbid some annoying spammers to get into your inbox. With the whitelist you can let your favorite email addresses get into your Inbox without any obstacles.
2. Sharing our services is cool! Yes, of course, you have seen that you can provide a friend with a link from here and get free months. But did you know that four recommendations to the friends with one email address will give you one year of free filtering of one email address? Don’t miss this opportunity and check it right now!
3. Our Spamster is so cool that once people saw him on the main page, they do not scroll down to explore for more. At the bottom of the main page you can see that we have pages at social media networks:
4. Email lists filter. There is a possibility to filter messages depending on their type in the allowed and blocked lists:
5. Do you know what’s making our Spamster happy? Each added email address! It is a little step to the world full of clean Inboxes!
Here are the most common tips that our spamster has gathered for his users:
1) Specify the subject field
Always clarify the subject with the words related to the message. Try to put the subject line that will describe the content of the entire letter. Never leave the subject line empty. Using the words like: attention, important, discount etc., could lead your message to the spam folder and there is a chance your message will never reach its recipients.
2) Sign your letters
Signature in a courteous manner shows your attitude to the recipient. Do not forget to add to your signature words like sincerely, regards or just BR. As an option, create a signature in your email client and it will be added at the end of the letter automatically.
3) Respond promptly
I guess, everyone had a situation waiting for an email reply for too long. Therefore, there is no need to make other people waiting. Even replying with something like: “Unfortunately busy at the moment, will reply tomorrow” will let the sender know that you are aware of the message.
4) CC or BCC ?
If you’d like to share your message with other recepients, besides the primary addressee, you can use CC or BCC fields. The abbreviation CC indicates those who are to receive a copy of an e-mail addressed to another person. The list of receipients in CC is shown for all other recepients of the message. BCC field, on the contrary, is available for hidden notification, not visible to any other receivers (including those in BCC). Indicating that you are adding a new participant to the list of recievers is considered a good practice.
5) Email address can be hacked
Do not send your passwords, confidential information, personal information etc. via email. Remember to update your email password regularly and with the secure, hard to guess password.
I hope those tips will be useful before clicking on send
Spamdrain filtering supports two type of connections: IMAP and POP3.
POP3 is an internet protocol to retrieve email. Email messages are delivered and stored on your personal computer, mobile device or any other tablet or phone. When you check e-mail, read it, it is downloaded it to your computer and immediately deleted from the server. This means that read e-mail on the computer will not be accessible on the phone.
IMAP on the other hand saves and stores all your e-mail messages on the server. The advantage of IMAP access is that you can check and send e-mails on multiple devices because you always interact with a mail server and not just one device. IMAP protocol is better and more modern than POP3 protocol. Using IMAP connection allows you to store emails on the server and always have access to them (with the internet connection of course ). There is also an advantage of POP3 connection: you can read e-mails even when you are offline.
Port 995 – this is the default port to use in order to connect using POP3 securely Port 110 – this is the default POP3 non-encrypted port
Port 993 – this is the default port to use in order to connect using IMAP securely Port 143 – this is the default IMAP non-encrypted port
Those settings at Spamdrain could be changed here:
Our Inbox is clean from Spam, hope yours is too