First, we must log into our Google account
and open our Gmail, which is covered in a previous lesson. After logging in we see the
Inbox. Our inbox will be filled with email from a
variety of sources, it is important to distinguish between valid email and spam.
Spam is email which is sent to a large number of people but is inappropriate or unwanted
and may lead the user to a phishing website or a website containing malware.
Identify an email you have determined to be spam and click the check box located just
to the left of the message heading, here. Above, new icons will appear including “Report
Spam” here. Reporting Spam will automatically remove the
email from your Inbox and place it into your Spam folder.
Click Report Spam. Google has an excellent spam filter, but it
must be trained, doing so may take some time. After marking a single email as spam it is
still likely you will receive more messages from that particular user in your email inbox,
but by consistently Reporting the Spam Google will quickly learn to automatically direct
the email to the correct Spam folder. Gmail provides filters which allow you to
automatically manipulate the location of email, including directly deleting messages as they
enter your inbox. We strongly advise you do not set up filters
to delete spam, as this may make your spam filters less effective. When you receive spam
in your Inbox you should report it and do nothing else.
As your Gmail spam filter becomes more successful at diverting spam from your Inbox,
it becomes important to occasionally check your Spam folder in the event the Gmail accidentally
marked an email which was not spam as such. This process is important as you want to keep
your filters accurate and up to date to ensure they are working efficiently.
To do so, simply click the Spam folder, located here, in the drop down “More” menu;
check the box for the email you wish to report as Not Spam.
Above, a new icon marked “Not spam” will appear, click it, here,
this will return the email to your inbox and appropriately notify the spam filter.
This concludes the Affinigent University Google Mail Spam Tutorial; if you enjoyed it, feel
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