Spam in the mail: Gmail works well

By | July 17, 2007

I’m continually surprised how well Gmail works when it comes to spam. If your other mailboxes are overflowing with unwanted mail and spam, you couldn’t do much better than to redirect as much of your mail to a gmail box as possible.


This is a picture of my spam mailbox. As a result of the success of the Spam folder and Google’s Spam filters, very little junk mail ends up in my Inbox. It’s difficult to give a precise percentage for my experience: but it could be in the range of 0.5% or less per day. In other words, most days there are no surprises!

Yahoo! on the other hand provides a large mailbox but their mail filtering technology really allows too much crap to get in. Out of about 25 mails on the first screen, a good 3 or 4 (sometimes a lot more) are usually spam mails. That’s not helpful. I also get Spammed by a local company whose emails Yahoo! do not allow me to block. Admittedly, much of the spam in Yahoo! comes from mailing lists that were unscrupulous, and the account is an old one.

Don’t get me started on HoTMaiL. Almost as soon as you register, your inbox starts filling with junk mail. I deleted my old hotmail account, but had to restore it for MSN messaging.

Effective Tools in GMail

1. The Spam Folder (or ‘tag’) is quite effective and almost 100% automatic. Flagging mails in your Inbox as spam can also help this, but there is little to trouble you here, except the ‘Move to Inbox’ option and the ‘Delete all spam messages now’ link. For tweaking, though, you can use ‘filters’ in the settings menu to create as many filters as you need to handle both regular email and the occasionally stubborn spam that refuses to live in your Spam Folder. For further tips on dealing with Spam at Gmail.

2. Aliases: I don’t use them myself, but this is what Google says:

Gmail doesn’t offer traditional aliases, but you can receive messages sent to [email protected]. For example, messages sent to [email protected] are delivered to [email protected]. You can set up filters to automatically direct these messages to Trash, apply a label or star, skip the inbox, or forward to another email account.

3. Redirecting mail from your other domains to GMail.

In your webpanel or Cpanel, you can create forwarding addresses that will allow you to receive your email at, for example, [email protected], which you can then forward to your Gmail account. This also allows you to have throw-away email addresses for single purpose. Once the purpose is fulfilled, you simply delete the email address and boom, mail is stopped. Very useful, if you find that you are advertising a job, that is placed all over the Internet with your email address on it!

How do you deal with spam email at Google? Have you found any effective techniques?

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