Effective Gmail Spam Fighting Techniques

  • 10-10-2022 |
  • Courtney Millhouse

Spam can be very annoying. Constant notifications about incoming emails and the need to clean your box can be a real headache. Since not everybody carefully reads user agreements, promotional emails can come from literally any company. In this article, we’ve put together simple and effective ways to fight spam in Gmail to help you take control of your incoming letters.

Mass Spam Reporting and Unsubscribing

When you are literally flooded with spam, the best way is the mass destruction of annoying emails. Luckily, Gmail provides its customers with this option:

  • Check the box next to all incoming emails you consider spam.
  • When lines are selected, a panel with available tools appears at the top of the list. Find the icon with the letter “i” there and pick one of the options: report spam or not only report but also unsubscribe from listed subscriptions.

Keep in mind that unsubscribing from some services can take several days (as Google itself warns). So do not be surprised if you still receive some unnecessary letters the next day.

Creating Filters

You have deleted all the useless correspondence you have got. But how to prevent its reappearance? To do it, you can create filters that will track spam for you:

  1. In the Gmail search bar, you need to type “Unsubscribe” to reveal all your subscriptions.
  2. Check that there is no crucial account among them, and select all.
  3. Open the three-dot menu and click “Filter messages like these.”
  4. A window for setting filters will automatically open, in which you can set an action template. For example, all messages similar to the selected ones will be deleted automatically.

Filters are a very handy tool for processing incoming emails. If at work or in your everyday life, you have to deal with the same messages, you can set any template that will be executed automatically without your participation.

Using Temporary IDs

When using a permanent active email account on numerous sites, you not only start receiving promotional mailings after each new registration but also run the risk of phishing scams. Using a third-party account or a temporary ID is safest for such operations.

It is a great option for those who often have to register on sites, applications, and other services. It is a completely anonymous email address that automatically expires after a while. If you have doubts about a site and do not want to expose your privacy to risks, use a temporary ID to register on it:

  1. There are many paid and free providers of such services. Choose whichever suits you.
  2. Copy the created address (the hostname is generated automatically).
  3. Use this ID to register on dubious sites.

If you plan to use an account on such a site for some time, please read the terms of use before generating a temporary address. In particular, you should find out for what period it is valid. If you do not want to resort to the help of third-party services, you can create an alternative address on the Gmail platform and use it for such purposes. Then the need to deal with incoming letters disappears.

Keep Your Email Clean

Of course, you can also manually delete spam emails and block each questionable account from which you receive messages one by one. However, mass unsubscribing, setting filters, and using temporary IDs are much more convenient and modern ways to solve the problem. Gmail and its artificial intelligence do a great job, successfully filtering up to 95% of emails on average.

Tell us in the comments how you deal with spam. Which of the described methods do you use? What techniques can you add to our list?