Spam can be hugely annoying, be it on Gmail or on any popular online messaging platform. While you can’t really avoid your friends spamming you on groups [muting seems to be the only option], Google filters out spam emails for your ease. However, many users have reported that something seems very broken within Google’s spam filtering algorithm. According to users, Gmail’s spam filter used to work really well, until suddenly, the algorithm stopped filtering properly. Do you have the same grievance? Well, there are a few ways you can tackle this annoying situation.
Cybersecurity has been a hot topic for the past few years. Algorithms to deal with spam, malware, and other internet threats are updated regularly. However, such updation falls short of the growth of cyber threats in 2022. Spam isn’t particularly a threat; everyone receives spam emails and messages. However, some internet malpractices such as phishing can be promoted via spam. In the case of Gmail, the in-built spam filter is supposed to get rid of such emails. However, if you are still receiving a lot of spam emails, we have jotted down a few ways you can stop such emails from showing up in your inbox. Take a look!
How to fix Gmail not filtering spam in 2022?
There are a lot of ways attackers try to sneak into your inbox with those unwelcome promotional offers. For example, some spam emails come with an Unsubscribe option. We recommend not clicking on such an option; those don’t really unsubscribe you from their junk emails. Instead, clicking on such links will validate your email and you will receive more spam. To get things into place, here’s what you can try:
1) Block senders.
The best way to tackle spam is to block senders. Open the spam email, click on the three dots icon and choose Block. If you receive too many spam emails from different senders, blocking can get tedious. If blocking doesn’t seem feasible, try the next workaround.
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2) Report spam.
Check the box beside as many spam emails as you can locate and look for the Report Spam (! icon) option in the menu on the top. Gmail’s algorithm will try to filter out such messages in the future.
3) Create a filter.
Filters let you mark emails with labels. As a result, you can easily mark the type of emails you want to label as “Spam”. This can help over and above Gmail’s in-built spam algorithm. Here’s how you can create a spam filter if Gmail is not filtering spam for you:
– In the Gmail search box, choose the Search Filter icon.
– Use the options to fill in a particular sender, or subjects that appear in spam emails. You can also type a word that seems to appear in most of the spam emails you receive in the Has the words section.
– Once you are satisfied, hit Create Filter.
Creating filters are an effective way to manage spam, but has a major drawback. It can end up filtering important messages. We recommend being careful while customizing your email filter.
4) Unsubscribe, if the spam is from a trusted sender.
If you receive spam email from unknown senders from no where and those emails have an unsubscribe button, it is wise not to use such an unsubscribe option. But if the spam is from a popular platform like an e-commerce platform you previously used, you can use the unsubscribe button to stop incoming promotional emails.
Spammers work and develop robust email protocols to send those emails in and Gmail isn’t that quick to grasp things. The growth of cyber threats is much more fast [and dangerous] than we can imagine. We recommend paying close attention to email content to recognize what’s spam and what’s not. Make sure you report spam on a regular basis so that Google can work on your feedback. Reporting malpractices is the only way you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe. For more such articles, stay tuned to Androidgram!