If you’ve got email, you’ve got to deal with spam – also known as unsolicited junk or bulk mail. Your email program comes with spam filters, but it’s important to know how to use them so that you block the junk, but let the legitimate mail through. Without a filter, your inbox will be flooded and you’ll have to wade through endless spam.
Most email software lets you define what filters you want in place. This allows you to sort out your mail in a way that makes sense to you. You can put mail from clients in one place, school notices in another and mail from friends in different folders. This mechanism also allows you to filter out junk mail. When a spam email gets through your filters, you can mark it as spam and the next time something comes from that address, it will go directly into your Junk folder.
Some programs have the ability to actually scan the content of the email and warn you if spam is detected. Sometimes legitimate email gets filtered out this way, especially if it is bulk mail. You may have to manually allow certain senders so that their mail comes to your inbox.
Finally, you can set some filters so that only senders that you have determined can send mail to you. All other mail will go directly to a Junk mail folder. This means that you will never get any junk mail, but anyone sending you an email for the first time will have their email redirected to the Junk mail folder. You may need to check this folder from time to time to see if you are missing any mail that you actually want.
It’s a good idea to supplement your email spam filters with Internet security software that checks your email for suspicious links. You should also have the most up-to-date virus protection.
Trend Micro™ Titanium™ finds and blocks malicious links in emails and IMs (instant messages), and also blocks email and image spam. It offers real-time updates, places light demands on your system and is easy to use and understand. Using Titanium security software is one of the best things you can do to prevent viruses and other malware from getting onto your computer and disrupting your online life.