Unwanted messages from people you know (or knew) can happen when you leave a job or project. Often, your email address stays on mailing lists associated with that job or project. For example, after I left a corporate job I still received emails related to that job.

If you continue to receive messages from the company having unsubscribed from their newsletters, feel free to go ahead and mark those messages as spam. We’ll explain how to do so below.

How to block spam email in Android

To report a Gmail message as spam either open it or tap and hold it in the conversation list pane to select it, then tap the three vertical dots icon at the top of Gmail and choose ‘Report as spam’. It’s that easy.


(For the record we are not saying Lakeland is sending us spam messages, we are merely it as an example.)

From now on messages from that sender will still be delivered to your phone or tablet, but they will land in your spam folder and you won’t receive a notification. After 30 days they will automatically be deleted.

It will be up to Google to investigate messages marked as spam and to take appropriate action.

How to block Gmail messages from specific senders

If you have access to a desktop browser in which you can view your Gmail messages (on a PC, laptop or tablet), there is also an option to block messages from a specific sender. Open the email in the desktop version of Gmail and click the downward arrow icon to the top right of the Gmail message. Here you’ll find an option to Block “X”, where X is the sender of the email. Tap this to stop them sending you spam messages in the future.


How to stop junk mail and spam in Mac Mail

We show you how to stop spam and junk mail from getting into your inbox by using Mac Mail’s own built-in filtering system, plus how to avoid being tricked into giving away your financial information.

Using Apple Mail’s Junk Mail filter

To find the Junk Mail filter you’ll need to open up Mail then go to the menu bar at the top of the screen click Mail then select Preferences from the drop-down menu.

How to filter spam in Mac Mail

This opens up a new window containing all of the various settings for Mail. You’ll notice tabs along the top of the window, one of which is marked Junk Mail. Click this to see the Junk Mail filter options.

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At the top is the essential tick box marked ‘Enable junk mail filtering’, and the chances are that it’s already turned on by default. If that isn’t the case then be sure to click the box so that a tick appears.

Beneath this are a number of other options that can tailor how the filtering system operates. These are broken into two main sections. The first is ‘When junk mail arrives’ and of the three settings available within we’d recommend choosing ‘Mark as junk mail, but leave it in my Inbox’.

The advantage this has over the ‘Move it to my Junk mailbox’ option is that when Mail receives any missives that it thinks might be junk, but is unsure, it will show them in your inbox, marking them in brown to indicate their potentially hazardous nature. When you open these items you’ll see a message along the top of the email that states ‘Mail thinks this message is Junk Mail’ and a button on the right side marked ‘Not Junk’.

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If the mail is a valid one that you want to receive then click the button and Mail will learn to let these kind of items through in the future. Any emails that fit the classic spam mould will be filtered out automatically, saving you having to approve the process.

The last option open to you is ‘Perform custom action (Click Advanced to configure)’ but as this involves setting up rules and conditions that can get quite complicated and actually risk you losing emails if you get things wrong, we’ll save that for another tutorial.

The second section in Junk Mail settings is entitled ‘The following types of messages are exempt from Junk Mail filtering:’ and list three options which include when the sender is already in your contact list, had been sent email by you before, or uses your full name in the email. You can adjust these if you like, but we’ve found that leaving them all ticked is usually the best solution for most people. The same is true for the last two settings at the bottom of the box, the first of which should be ticked and the latter left alone.

Fine tuning the Junk Mail filter

While Mail does a decent job of sorting the wheat from the chaff there will sometimes be items that creep into the wrong inbox. If you have a junk mail appear in your main inbox, and not marked in brown by Mail, then it’s easy to reclassify the offending article. Select the item then go to the row of icons at the top of the screen and click the thumbs-down button. This will mark the email as spam and move it directly into the Junk folder.

how to filter spam Mac Mail

It’s wise to check your Junk folder periodically to see if there have been any real emails accidentally filtered there. If you should discover such an event then select the email then go to the menu bar at the top of the screen and select Message>Move to>Inbox.

How to filter spam Mac Mail

Using a third party spam filter

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If you find that Mail’s filter is not enough for you then you could consider investing in a third-party option. One long-time favourite is C-Command SpamSieve which adds a Bayesian spam filtering system to Mac Mail alongside a massive list of rules for determining junk items. It can be a little tricky to set up in the first instance (as it requires you to create Rules in Mail), but there is a step-by-step process by C-Command in the SpamSieve manual.

Conclusion : Still if you are getting spam emails in your inbox you just need to talk with online assistance.

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