Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Avoid Spam in GMail

Spam mails are annoying almost all netizens.

Sometimes it happens that we need to subscribe to some service (and see what it provides) and we guess/don’t know whether it may spam us.

But we are left with no other option than to give our e-mail and subscribe.

Here's a good idea to prevent such spam in GMail.

First know your Gmail Address

In GMail your address looks like your.name@gmail.com and no one else will have email address like you.r.name@gmail.com.
GMail has got nothing to do with (.), it ignores any dot (.) in email address.

Gmail doesn't recognize dots as characters within usernames, you can add or remove the dots from a Gmail address without changing the actual destination address; they'll all go to your inbox, and only yours.

For example, if your email address looks like

Sending mail to following will come to your mail box only.
And even
username1+something@gmail.com this one refers to the same.

Avoiding Spam

If you need to subscribe to some abseexyzee.com and you suspect that it may spam you (and you want to try that), then follow these steps to avoid spam.

While giving your details in abseexyzee.com just give your email as username+test@gmail.com

If abseexyzee.com starts sending spam they will be sent to username+test@gmail.com

Login to GMail at http://mail.google.com (use https for secure version) and Click on Settings top right.
Create a filter which deletes(depends how you create a filter) mails which come with that address username+test@gmail.com
Let us see how to create a filter in GMail

Creating a Filter in GMail
1. Click Setting in GMail

2. Go to Filters tab

3. Click on Create a new Filter

Just create a filter according to your requirements.
If you want to filter messages coming to username1+test@gmail.com
Specify that in to column, and others fields...
You can Test Filter using Test Search or Next Step to choose action
4. Select the option which you want to do.

Like delete, mark it as read; apply a label, etc, etc..
5. If a mail comes with username1+test@gmail.com it will be deleted (Depending on what you action you have chosen).

In this way you can avoid spam :-)

NOTE: abseexyzee.com is given only for illustration purpose, i have got nothing to do with this site even if it exists.

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