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Get Rid of Spam With Filters

Business Technology | June 27, 2012

Most of us get a lot of spam, but we don’t need to waste our time sorting through it on a daily basis. By using filters, we can do a lot to regulate what gets into our inbox.

The Power of Filters

First, you could build a whitelist filter. Many email services provide users with filtering options. You can use these options to create filters that leave crucial email messages untouched while sending everything else into a secondary, less-important email folder. With the judicious use of filters, you can send email messages from specific senders to your main inbox. Those originating from other users – the ones that you do not think are quite so necessary – will conveniently be shuttled to other folders. You can then check these messages at your leisure.

A More Subtle Serving of Spam

Have you heard of bacn? It is a far more subtle type of spam compared to the discount Rolex emails. These are typically things you have opted into such as catalogs and coupons from stores you frequent. But, while you opted in at some time, you may not want to receive these anymore.

A very easy way to get these out of your inbox is to create a filter that automatically sequesters emails with the word “unsubscribe” in them. The CAN SPAM act mandates that companies have an unsubscribe option in their marketing emails. Therefore, all emails you have opted into will have unsubscribe in them somewhere.

These two basic steps will help rid your inbox of its spam and they’ll undoubtedly make you a more productive computer user. So before you decide to spend the next 30 minutes deleting the spam or bacn from your inbox, be sure to set up the filters that will ensure that your most important messages stay a priority.


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