How to Set up Spam Settings in Yahoo Email
What Is Spam?
Spam is junk mail which may include advertisements, online offers, coupons, scams, and other unwanted email messages. Spam tends to clog one’s inbox, so it’s important to know how to avoid and control spam so that your inbox only contains the email messages that you prefer.
Each type of email system has different ways to control spam. For companies and business environments, email programs such as Microsoft Outlook may be used, and there may be a global way that spam is being handled through the use of spam-filtering software.
For non-business environments, different programs may be used such as Gmail, Yahoo email, and others. Each email application has specific settings, and in most cases, has automatic spam filtering. There are specific settings and actions you a can take to control the amount of spam which is sent to your inbox. Gmail (Google Email) appears to have a better way of handling spam, and thus less spam reaches your Gmail inbox.
Yahoo has improved over the years, but still seems to have a poor way of filtering spam. I’ve devoted this article to try and help Yahoo email users understand spam settings in an effort to help reduce the amount of spam in your inbox.
NOTE: Due to newer versions of Yahoo, the methods of controlling spam has changed. This article has been updated as of October 21, 2018, in an effort to note these changes.
How Do Companies Get Your Email Address?
Another way your email address may be shared is if you fill out a paper form or online form which may require your email address. One way to avoid getting too much spam in your mail email account is to setup a secondary email account to use for online purchases, registration cards, stores, etc.
How Do You Block Spam in Yahoo Email?
If you are using the latest new version of Yahoo, you screens may look different than the screen prints in this email. Not sure which version of Yahoo mail you are using? Here are images are both versions:
Send Emails to the Spam Folder
One way to reduce spam is to mark email messages as spam, which will send them to the Spam folder. To mark emails as Spam:
Select the email messages to send to the Spam folder, then click Spam.
When you mark email as spam, not only do the email messages go to your spam folder, but the email addresses (senders of the spam messages) are added to the Blocked Addresses list.
Unsubscribe from Mail Lists
Another way to reduce spam is to unsubscribe from mailing lists. These may be mail lists which you may or may not have subscribed to. Scroll down to the bottom of the email and look for an option to unsubscribe. If you're not sure the email is legitimate, just select the email and mark it as spam to send it to the Spam folder.
How to Avoid Spam
- Don't reply to unknown senders.
- Be careful who you give your email address to.
- Create a secondary "junk" email address to use for shopping sites.
- If you click subscribe and it asks you to enter your email, don't do it. This may be a spammer trying to collect your email address. Instead, just mark the email and send it to the Spam folder.
In earlier versions of Yahoo email, click Options, More Options. From the Mail Options screen, click on Spam on the left, as shown here:
Next, on the right of the Spam settings screen above, click in the checkbox to Automatically send suspected to my Spam folder (see checkbox in picture above). Before the checkbox, be sure to specify how often you want to empty your Spam folder (once a week, once a month, etc.).
You can manually add email addresses by clicking on the Add button and pasting one or more addresses, as shown in the graphic below. Once you have changed your Spam settings, be sure to click on Save Changes on the upper left, as shown here:
What to Do If Too Many “Good” Email Messages Are Going to Your Spam Folder
If email that you need is missing from your inbox, and ends up in your Spam folder instead, then go back to your Spam settings and use the Remove button to remove the email address(es) of senders who you would like to receive email from, as shown here:
Will marking unwanted email as Spam dispose of all unwanted messages? Unfortunately, it won’t, but it will assist you in cleaning up some of your spam.
- Sign up with a Gmail account which tends to have less Spam.
- Do not use Yahoo email for your primary email address, since Yahoo email tends to have a lot of spam.
- Use a new secondary email for all online purchases, where email addresses will be required for registering accounts.
I hope you have found this article helpful, especially if you are a Yahoo email user.
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Questions & Answers
My Yahoo account will only allow 200 blocked spam email addresses - how do I increase that number?
I checked Yahoo help forums to confirm some information for you. The blocked address list is not really meant for spam addresses. Some of the addresses of spam email senders may not be "real" email addresses, so if you add them to the blocked list, the spam may not go away. This info may also help: If you receive spam messages from a specific domain, you can block the whole domain by just entering the domain name in the list (you don't have to include the @). Spam is best filtered by the email server, so it's best to mark the emails as spam, and then the email server will filter from there.
© 2011 Amelia Griggs