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What is a black list?

What is a Black List?

Your e-mail black list is addresses that you do not wish to ever receive mail from. The addresses on your black list will either automatically be deleted when received or stored in a trash folder for you to review before deletion. These messages could include advertisements or new promotions from companies as well as people or websites you no longer wish to communicate with. You can even add to your black list that friend who only e-mails forwarded jokes, images, and chain letters. Use the black list to keep your inbox spam-free.

   
How do I set up a safe list?

How to Set Up a Safe List or White List

E-mail addresses added to your address book are automatically considered safe and messages from them will go directly to your inbox, not to even be considered as spam. Therefore, add addresses to this safe list that are friends, family and websites whose mail you wish to receive. Enter only addresses that you know and want to receive mail from. For example, be sure to add the e-mail addresses of online newsletters when you sign up for them so that they won't go to the junk mail folder.
This safe list is called a white list just as the names added to your black list are those you wish to have blocked. Use the white list to keep your e-mail inbox spam-free.

   
How do I report spam?

How to Report Spam

If you do receive unwanted mail in your inbox you can report it to your internet service provider as spam very easily. In your inbox, select the message and click on the button that says Spam or Report Spam. This will alert your provider not to deliver mail from this address in the future because it is from a spammer. In the same way you can report messages in the Junk folder as not being spam by selecting the message and clicking the Not Spam button. According to your specifications, it will either move it to your inbox or leave it alone. If your e-mail provider does not have these easy buttons, it might helpful to e-mail them to find out their policy on reporting spam.

   
How do I know if a message is spam?

How to Judge if a Message is Spam

Most messages received by e-mail can be identified as spam without even opening them. Some familiar types of spam messages include those regarding mortgages, credit, work from home jobs, one-question surveys, affiliate sites, loan approvals, free merchandise, and prize claims. One look at the subject line will tell you that you did not request this information.
Additionally, if you do not know the sender, it is safer to delete the message as spam than open it for fear of viruses and spyware. Some spam from anonymous senders may even have gibberish in the subject line which will tip you off not to open it.

   
How do I set up an e-mail spam filter?

How to Set up an E-mail Spam Filter

Every e-mail provider should have similar options to choose from regarding setting up junk filters. They should provide a spam guard, which will either delete the messages automatically or separate them into a Junk Mail or Bulk folder. You should also have the opportunity to mark what is and is not spam after it is separated and the ability to block images. You can also block addresses you do not want to receive mail from. With all these options you should be able to adequately stop spam from entering your inbox.

   
Why Do Requested Messages Get Mixed in With Spam in the Junk Mail Folder?

Why Do Requested Messages Get Mixed in With Spam in the Junk Mail Folder?

Internet Service Providers do their best to protect your e-mail account from becoming inundated with spam messages. Therefore, they follow a protocol to determine if a message sent to you might be spam. If they think that it is based on the subject line and sender's address, they will automatically defer the message to the Junk Mail folder if you have your e-mail set up to segregate Junk Mail. Sometimes, this may include messages that you had intended to receive. This is why it is important to check your Junk Mail folder every day to make sure that messages you had intended to receive did not accidentally get placed there. If they did, you just need to move them to your inbox.

   
What is the anti-spam law?

Anti-Spam Laws at Work to Protect You

The Congressional anti spam law, the CAN-SPAM Act, is working hard to protect you from unwanted mass e-mails. Since January 1, 2004, the anti-spam law has required a national "Do Not Spam" list that forces marketers to include an opt-out link in the e-mail so that you will not receive any further communication if you choose. It also makes illegal the sending of fraudulent e-mails and unmarked pornographic mail. Those caught breaking the rules can face stiff penalties. This law coupled with greater technology and anti-spam advancements from internet service providers is cleaning out inboxes and clearing the way for wanted mail only.

   
What is Spam?

What is Spam?

Spam is the method some marketers use to send their advertisements to as many people as possible at the same time through newsgroups or personal e-mail. They send their messages to people who did not ask to receive them, which is why these messages have been dubbed “junk mail.” Through the large number of recipients, the marketer hopes that some will open the mail and choose to buy the product or service they are selling. Unfortunately, the products and services are mostly illegal, scams or pornographic. Fortunately, however, there are e-mail programs that will automatically sort these spam messages from your regular e-mail.

   
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