Emails and Messages are all over the place and we use it very frequently. Emails are the most used formal communication method in the World. As we say that good is always accompanied by bad, In this case we have SPAM which is basically unsolicited or undesired electronic messages. Everybody hates SPAM. If we check our E-mails we will be able to see a separate folder for Spam Messages and sometimes we will be surprised by the number of messages in there.
Today we are going to see How we can block SPAM emails and messages and keep our mailboxes clean. The best way to stop spam is by staying away from anything spammy like signing up on unknown or untrustworthy website and applications .
What are Spam Messages
Email is an electronic medium for sending messages from one person to another. E-mail or Electronic Mail first entered in limited use during 1960s. Spam messages or emails are unsolicited or undesired electronic messages as quoted in Wikipedia. When you open your email client, there will be tons of unrecognized emails from different senders about many subjects, more often times about promotional stuffs and marketing campaigns. Email and Normal text messaging is a great way to create potential leads for a company. This is unethical way of promotion is the user has never given consent to receive Promotional emails from the company.
Certain people or company often scrape emails from the internet, notably from forums, social medias etc. They create a list of emails and then send their campaigns to all the people. Some of them might find it and open the mail who is a lead for the company.
Its not just promotional or marketing stuff that is the most troublesome. Malwares and Viruses are more frequently send out via Email attachments. When people open the attachment, the system will be infected by the Virus and it might help the hacker to get remote control of the system and you may lose your personal data as well. These are common scenarios that we see on the Internet.
There is a limit to which we can reduce the number of Spam Messages and Emails, but they do come to you even if you are super careful of not displaying your e-mail id anywhere on the Internet.
How to Reduce the Number of Spams
- Try not to publicly display your primary email address or phone number in untrustworthy websites or applications.
- Hide Emails and Phone numbers in Social Medias (Change visibility to Friends)
- Try not to share your primary emails on forums, and other websites.
- Keep a second E-mail Id for the sole purpose of signing up into new websites and applications that are not that safe.
- If you have a one time purpose on a website or application, don’t signup with your primary email address. Rather go for Temporary e-mail addresses. We will see about Temp Emails in a bit.
- Always mark your unwanted emails as “Spam” if it lands on your Inbox to let the Mail Client know that it is a Spam message. In this way, the email service can know and automatically take the actions. Also if important mails go to Spam folder, make sure to mark them “Not Spam” so next time it will land on your inbox rather than going to the spam folder.
If you follow the above mentioned points, you can be getting rid of 50 to 70% of the Spams that might be in your way.
What are temporary Emails? Yes!you’ve heard it right. Temporary emails are emails that are created for a small amount of time . These can be useful especially when you need to signup into a website or application for just once and then done with it. But in these cases if you provide your primary email, you might get follow up emails from the website and which might not be useful for us anymore. So just create a temporary email address and then signup. No tensions at all.
There are lots of Temporary Email Providers on the Internet. We will have a look at some of the best ones.
Why Use Temporary Email Address?
This is a snapshot of one my mail ids which i use for all kinds of online activities. You can see the number of emails that I receive and note that this is just the promotional ones. There are tons on spam messages too. This is exactly why one should be using disposable email ids when engaging in onetime web activities.
We can easily check how many unwanted mails and spams we will be receiving if we just sign up in just a few websites. Often the emails are tracked by advertisers for promoting certain products or services, basically spam messages. Sometimes we will also be receiving tons of mails from some services which we never even signed up for.
How to get Throwaway Email address?
The whole idea of Throwaway or temporary email address is that we will be using some random email ids that will expire automatically after certain time. So if we want to signup on a website just for once, we can use the disposable email address while creating accounts. We will be receiving mails to that fake email address. All the signups are verified via links send to the email address. We can just access the mailbox of our newly created fake email address to open the mail and successfully verify the account.
There are many services that offer FREE temporary or disposable or throwaway (whatever you like to call it). It is very easy to use also. Some email providers will let us create our own email ids while for some we will have to choose from some available email addresses or the one which is given to us.
# Mailinator – Any Inbox you want:
Mailinator is one of my favorite temporary email address creator. I personally prefer mailinator for having more features than some of the others available. The service is absolutely free no need to register and can be used without any issues.
We can create any custom username for the email id, just enter the preferred username and the the mailbox will be loaded. Its that simple. Other feature that you have is that we can connect it with any of our other emails and forward any emails from the temporary id to it. There is also API access which can sometimes come in handy, but is not needed for the normal user. For advanced users, there is also a provision to connect our own domain to mailinator and create unlimited disposable email ids.
Website Link: https://www.mailinator.com
Guerrilla Mail – Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address. It is the second one that i personally prefer. It can receive emails as well as we can compose emails form these temporary emails as well which is another added advantage.
We can choose from the available emails ids or create custom combinations using some of the available domains. There are many emails available. No need to register inorder to access the feature. We can also get scrambled ids which is difficult to identify the mailbox. A Forget Button is also provided in case you wish to close the mailbox instantly.
Website Link: https://www.guerrillamail.com
This is comparatively simple to use without much options. You get what you need….thats it. You will be receiving a random email id and the mailbox will be valid for 2 days. No need to register! There is no other options, just a mailbox with a random email id. There is a refresh button to refresh the mailbox if you can’t find emails that are suppose to be arrived.
Website Link: http://throwawaymail.com/en
This is yet another simple yet functional throwaway email generators. Once we open the website, just hit that start button and we will be taken to random mailbox with some random email ids. We can also generate more ramdom email ids from the mailbox. An option for adding custom domain is also available.
Website Link: https://mytemp.email
Another simple yet great fake email generator. On visiting we will be having a random email id and the mailbox. We can create new custom email ids from their available domains. No email compose option, just receive emails. We don’t need to register on the site to get access to these fake emails or temporary emails. We can delete the mailbox whenever we want using the delete button. The site is very simple with less clutters. A clean interface!
Website Link: https://temp-mail.org/en/
Spam Gourmet is a mail forwarding service which aims at reducing the number of spams. It works like temporary email addresses but instead the emails will be forwarded to your registered email id as configured on the website.
Basically you can create multiple spam gourmet email ids and all will point towards your registered email id. So you can give different email id to different people or website and then block or allow the spam gourmet addresses. We will be making a dedicated post on Spam gourmet .
Spam Gourmet Website Link
Already have a lot of Spam?
My Inbox have a lot of Spam Messages Already: If your main Inbox is already having a lot of Spams, the best thing to do is select them all and just Delete them. If you are using Gmail, messages in Spam folder for more than 30 days will be deleted automatically.
Also if you are receiving emails from a same address, Check if there is “Unsubscribe” option below the mail content. If there is, you can remove yourself from the mailing list by unsubscribing. Find such mails and unsubscribe from all those list so that you will not be receiving emails from that sender again in the future. This can be painstaking if you have to go through a lot of mails.
Block Spam Messages(SMS)
Like Spam Emails, there are spam sms as well. See How to Block Spam SMS on your Phone for complete details on how you can stop spam on your Smartphone and also organize your Messages in a very neat and Clean way. Also if you want to know some way of Spamming and How someone can Spam you See our post below:
The best way to stop Spam is to stay away from it as possible. Be sure to check the website credibility when you are going to share any personal information on the website. Don’t always use your primary email address for all sorts of things on the internet from signing up on unknown websites or applications or sharing them on forums .Fake Email Generators or we call Temporary emails generators (in fancy words) are used to create temporary emails that we can use it and just throw away. No need to worry about any follow up emails or spams or advertising flyers or newsletters.
Disclaimer: Do not use the temporary email ids to do anything illegal. Live Legally. Live Safe!
Mainly used when we don’t want to disclose our email address or you doubt the security of the website or when you are just signing up for a onetime activity. We can save us a lot of spam messages and promotional items by using temporary emails addresses.