How often do you end up deleting unwanted subscription-based e-mails? Sometimes you may find value in these messages, but often times it becomes a nuisance and you end up simply deleting the message. Real spam will get caught by spam filters such as our Barracuda spam filter, but oftentimes we may receive other unwanted e-mails in the form of newsletters, marketing updates, etc. Read on to find out how you can reduce the amount of these messages.
One of the main requirements for subscription based emails is that they must provide an unsubscribe link in the e-mail. Simply open one up, scroll to the bottom and click unsubscribe. Follow the steps in your browser to complete your removal. Ok, that was easy, and now we know how to deal with the messages individually, but let’s take that a step further.
A great way to easily find and unsubscribe yourself from all unwanted subscriptions is to do a search of your mailbox for the word “unsubscribe.” You can then easily find the messages you do not wish to receive anymore and unsubscribe yourself. If you use Office 365 things can be even simpler. Office 365 will attempt to detect unsubscribe links and when possible, will display an unsubscribe button that you can click to be unsubscribed automatically.
Lastly, a word of caution about using unsubscribe links. While in the majority of cases using unsubscribe links to remove yourself from legitimate mailing lists is perfectly fine, using unsubscribe links that may be present in actual spam messages can have the opposite effect, and you should avoid doing so. By using a spammer’s unsubscribe link, you are effectively letting the spammer know your e-mail address is active and thus can actually increase the volume of spam you receive. Customers of TNSC’s anti-spam solution should rest easy, with a good anti-spam solution in place you should rarely, if ever, receive these types of emails in your mailbox.
At The Network Support Company, we excel at providing effective solutions to technical challenges such as spam. If you need help reducing the amount of spam you receive, or assistance with any other IT challenge, feel free to reach out to us.