What is Spam Email?

 

This is a little like trying to define which plants are weeds. Spam emails are mass emails that you don’t want to receive. 

The big emails services such as Google Gmail, Microsoft Hotmail, Yahoo email and others automatically delete as much spam mail as they can be sure of, but huge amounts still gets through to us It is estimated that 50% of the world’s email is spam. That’s a lot of billions of emails per day.

So, how do you block this stuff?

Your email provider will have a series of settings available that let you choose whether to accept all email or automatically filter out anything suspicious. It’s your choice – block everything and risk losing important emails or put up with the spam to ensure you get all relevant emails. 

Spam Blocking Services 

There are specialist services that can filter your email and only allow through the ones you want.  This can be a little hit and miss as the service has to learn which ones you want.

Mailwasher.net

“Stop Spam, Scams & Other Junk Before They Get To Your Computer!”

Reportedly, over 8 million people use MailWasher as their spam filter!

MailWasher is free to use. It works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Incredimail, Thunderbird, Windows Live Mail, GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, EM Client and many other email programmes.

Unsubscriber

After you sign up, an Unsubscribe folder is created in your inbox. Drag in unwanted email and Unsubscriber will block any further email from those senders from entering your inbox.

Unsubscriber also notifies the sender that you want to unsubscribe from their email list. Any  new emails from that sender will be moved to the Unsubscribe folder.

It works on your phone, at work and at home.

Spamfighter

SPAMfighter has partnered up with Microsoft to build what they claim is the strongest, safest, and most effective anti spam filter on the market. Works with Outlook, Outlook Express, Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail and Thunderbird and it is free.

SpamHero

SpamHero is an easy, no-fuss solution.  Claims to outperforms the competition and  catch more spam and do it with substantially fewer false positives than other spam filtering solution.

They claim there is nothing to install, configure or train and that  SpamHero will automatically detect your valid email addresses.

The sender's “reputation” is weighed during the filtering process somehow.

The company use spam traps around the world so they are able to detect new spam attacks as they occur and adapt to them quickly.

SpamTitan

“The best way to describe SpamTitan is GREAT VALUE! With its' 99.99% SPAM catch rate our IT department doesn’t have to deal with frequent email threats that were hitting our campus and now they can spend their time more productively.”

Which is the best spam blocker service?

That depends on how you use email and how you want the blocking service to operate – by removing anything potentially dodgy or by moving such emails to a block folder or by blocking senders before they are a problem to you etc. But any of the above services can be a big help in the battle against spam emails.

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