There's not a single person out there with an email address who hasn't received more than a few emails of the spam variety. Whether it's a message from someone in Nigeria wanting to deposit £1m in your bank account, an email containing tips on how to lose weight, or endless streams of data from credit card companies, they all amount to one thing: spam. No-one wants it. Everyone hates it. So, how do you get rid of it? Well, if you have a Yahoo! email account, it's easy. Before you can take steps to stop spam from cluttering up your Yahoo! account, however, it's important to note the definition of spam. Essentially, it's unsolicited junk mail designed for a number of purposes. None of them is to your advantage.
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Things you need
- Yahoo! email account
- Internet access
More than 75 percent of spam is sent by what are termed Botnets. They are entire networks of computers, all infected by malicious software (malware, in the language of the Internet). Most are designed to hit you with spam and harvest your address book, to ensure that the relevant spam gets circulated at an ever-expanding rate. To reduce your chances of getting targeted by spammers, avoid using websites, news-groups and chat-sites where access requires that you first provide your email address. Never click on a link contained within a suspected spam email. Doing so may take you to what is termed a phishing site. Phishing can wreak absolute havoc and may provide the phisher - via malware technology - access to your passwords, online user-names, credit card data, and bank accounts.
The good news is that if you have a Yahoo! email account, stopping spam is an easy and quick process. First, go to your online Inbox. If you have received an email with an address and message-title that look suspicious, do not open it. Instead, follow these simple instructions. Above your emails, you will see four boxes. They are titled Delete, Spam, Mark, and Move. Remember them. Click on the small box that appears directly to the left of the name of the sender of the email in question. A tick will appear in that box. Then, click on the Spam box button above your listed emails. That process will automatically send the email to the Spam Folder of your online e-mail account, where it can be safely, and permanently, got rid of at the touch of a single button marked Delete.
Yahoo! offers a service that allows you to block spam, too. First, make a note of the relevant e-address that you wish to block. Then, click on the Options section of your Yahoo mailbox, which is located on the top right-hand side of the page. Next, hit the section titled Mail Options, and click on the Spam link. That will take you to a section titled Blocked Email Addresses. Type the address of the spam email into the space available. And, having done so, click on the button marked Add. That will prevent the sender from hitting you with further spam from that specific address. You have now successfully deleted a spammed email from your Yahoo! account, and you have prevented further unwanted email coming from that same address ever again.
Stopping the spammers
Tips and warnings
- Never open a suspected spam email. Do not click on a link contained in a spam email.
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