How to Block Emails: A Comprehensive Guide
Spam emails can carry malware, act as phishing tools, and clutter your inbox. Automatic filters may be effective, but they're far from foolproof. Almost 85% of emails sent are spam, which amounts to around 122 billion each day. Blocking every rogue message aimed at your inbox is difficult. However, Clario's comprehensive security app can help detect malicious software, fraudulent emails, and phishing links before you end up in a scammer's trap.Try Clario free
- What are unwanted emails?
- Why am I getting unwanted emails?
- How to avoid getting unwanted emails
- Unsubscribe vs. filter unwanted emails
- Can you block emails?
What are unwanted emails?
Before we try to remove them from our inbox, let’s learn more about the most common types of unwanted emails:
- Spam emails: Also known as junk mail, most spam emails are sent in bulk to a list of subscribers, usually for promotional purposes.
- Forced or accidental subscriptions: When using a new app or website, the service may use certain tactics to confuse you into agreeing to receive messages from them.
- Phishing emails: These malicious messages pretend to be marketing emails but contain software capable of installing themselves on your device stealthily. The malicious software can then spy on your activities and even gather personal information about you. This can later be used for crimes such as identity theft.
- Emails with no sender: Known to iOs users as ghost emails, these “no sender” and “no subject” emails may actually be a result of a system glitch.
- Unwanted personal communication: These are messages sent to you by someone you personally know, of which you have no intention of replying to. Maybe it’s an acquaintance asking for a loan or a past lover still trying to reach out. Either way, they’re cluttering up your inbox.
Why am I getting unwanted emails?
Why does anyone get spammed? Good question. Here are the most common reasons why:
- You accidentally subscribed to a company’s newsletter.
- You have posted your email on a public forum or website.
- A company with details of your email was a victim of data breach.
- You have clicked on a malicious email before.
How to avoid getting unwanted emails
Here are some handy tips to prevent getting unwanted emails in the first place…
- Read the fine print of apps and websites’ Terms and Conditions.
Maybe you’re checking on the auto-subscribe option of these tricky text boxes.
- Only subscribe to trusted companies or websites.
If you do willingly want to get newsletters and other promotional messages, make sure these are from trustworthy brands. Reputable companies do not spam their subscribers and are less likely to be involved in a data breach.
- Don’t engage with spammers.
Maybe you will be tempted to reply to these spammers to stop sending you messages. It would be better not to agitate them.
- Use a disposable email.
Another technique tech-savvy individuals do is use another email address when they sign up to new websites. This is called a disposable email and unconnected to your personal accounts. When its security is compromised, you can simply abandon this email address and it doesn’t pose a risk to your other online accounts.
- Don’t reveal your private email address on public domain websites or social media groups.
Bots, spammers, and scanners are always on the lookout for email addresses readily available online. If you still want to post your email address on social media, you may want to limit who can see it to select contacts.
- Get a cybersecurity software able to proactively send you alerts and protect all aspects of your digital life.
1. Install Clario free 7-day trial and create an account
2. From the Dashboard, click on Browsing
3. In Browsing, activate all the options
4. When all is done, your device will be enjoying Clario’s all-round protection. The Safe Browsing feature will safeguard you from malicious websites containing fraud, phishing links, spam, and malware.
Unsubscribe vs. filter unwanted emails
So how do you know if it’s a legitimate marketing emailer or a spammy, dangerous email? There are tell-tale signs to spot phishing emails, including an unclear or unprofessional-looking subject line. Headlines conveying a sense of urgency and danger in exchange for money (“You are in danger! Give money now!”) also scream “scam!”
Clicking unsubscribe on spam emails tells senders that your account is active and that someone is receiving their material. Once spammers know they've identified a responsive individual, they may opt to bombard you with more messages from other unblocked addresses. Therefore, marking unsolicited emails as junk and deleting them is the most effective method for addressing the issue.
If, however, spam material comes from a known and legitimate source, unsubscribing is the preferred option and should stop the business or individual from sending unwanted emails in the future.
Legit promotional messages use the official email of a company. For example, instead of BankABC@gmail.com, they may use Updates@BankABC.com.
If you suspect business emails to be phishing, you can report them to the email provider directly. For example, Google has specific pages where you can report: Harassment From a Gmail User, Spam, Impersonation, Phishing Messages, and Non-Phishing Suspicious Messages.
Can you block emails?
Yes, you can block emails from unwanted senders and subscription lists. Each email company has its own process for blocking unsolicited messages, so we'll discuss the best methods to use for some of the more popular providers.
How to block emails in Gmail
- Open the unwanted email
- Click the More Options (...) button beside the sender details
- Click Block "Sender"
- Click Block to confirm when prompted, and Gmail will automatically mark the message as spam
You can view and alter your blocked senders list in Gmail by going to Settings (gear icon) > See all settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses. From here, you can unblock any entries in the list when required.
If you are an Android phone user, since your default email app is Gmail, you can also follow the steps mentioned above to block someone from your phone.
Now, in case you want to unblock the sender, simply follow the same steps. Then, instead of clicking Block, click the Unblock button instead.
How to block emails in Outlook and Hotmail
- Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (macOS) on the unwanted email in your inbox
- Choose Security options
- Click Block
- Click OK to confirm
You can view and alter your blocked senders list in Outlook by navigating to Settings (gear icon) > View all Outlook settings > Mail > Junk email. From here, you can add new entries or delete existing addresses from the list.
How to block emails in Yahoo!
- Go to Settings (gear icon) > More settings > Security and privacy
- Click Add under Blocked addresses
- Type or paste the address you want to block and click Save
If you ever need to remove an address from the blocked senders list, you can do so by clicking the trash icon beside the appropriate entry.
How to block emails on iPhone and iPad
In iOS or iPadOS, you can block unwanted emails from a contact or within the Mail application. First, you should ensure that you've enabled the feature in Settings > Mail > Blocked Sender Options.
Block contacts and spam emails in iOS
- Add the contact and email address to the Contacts app
- Go to Settings > Mail > Blocked
- Tap Add New
- Tap the contact you want to block
Block contacts and spam emails in the iOS Mail app
- Open the spam email.
- Tap the sender's address
- Tap the address again.
- Tap Block this Contact
- Tap Block this Contact to confirm when prompted
In iOS, you can view and alter your blocked Mail senders list in Settings > Mail > Blocked.
Once you have stopped unwanted emails, you may also want to get rid of unwanted ads on your iPhone. Clario's ad blocker for iOS is a great choice to keep your mobile experience ad-free too.
How do I permanently block someone from emailing me?
If you have followed the steps above, you should have no problem with specific senders anymore.
Does a blocked sender know they are blocked?
No, they won’t know if you have blocked them. They won’t receive a notification you have filtered their messages from your inbox. Their emails simply go straight to spam if they try to send you anything.
Although there is no possible way for them to know if you have blocked them, they may suspect this, especially if you’re not replying to their messages.
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Unwanted emails may be annoying but they can also pose risks to your digital security. Better be safe than sorry and get a cybersecurity app like Clario. We can give you peace of mind 24/7!