How do I prevent spam?

Question

How do I keep from getting so much junk email?

Answer

This question was answered on November 10, 2005. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

For Outlook

In Outlook 98 and 2000, there is a function called Rules or Rule Wizard If you have outlook 97, you will have to download the Rules Wizard From the Outlook tool menu, select the Rules Wizard, New Next click Check messages when they arrive, and then Next Scroll to with specific words in the subject or body and click its box to put a check mark in it.

Click the blue, unlined specific words in the ‘Rule description’ and enter the following lines of text into the ‘Add new:’ box (Click the Add button after each line and repeat the process until each line is entered

Here are some Samples

ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS

Find Information About Anyone

We GUARANTEE response

U.S Bankruptcy Court

BUILD A BUSINESS

Hidden Secrets About Your Neighbors

bad credit

INTERNET SPY

Millions Grew Younger 10 to 20 Years

Once you have entered all the phrases, click OK, choose Next and then check “move it to the specified folder” In the ‘Rule description,’ click the blue, underlined “specified”, highlight your spam folder (or create a new folder), and then click OK, then Finish When you have the time, go through new and existing spam, adding more phrases to the filter.

For Outlook Express

In Outlook Express Tool, Message rules, Mail to bring the New Mail Rule dialog Set the action (to move or copy it to a specific folder, for example) for your rule Then choose a name for you rule.

Under the Rule Description, click the blue links for condition 9 (Such as who the message comes from or what size it is) and action to get more specific (The links appear only after you have selected conditions for your rule) For example, if you chose “Where the From line contains people” for your rule’s condition, click on the “contains people” link and then type in the names or add them from your address book If you selected “Copy It to the specified folder” for your rule’s action, click on the “specified” link and then chose the folder you want the massage copied to When new message come into the mailbox, they will get sorted into folders using the rules.

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Posted by Kenward of Chandler-Gilbert Community College on November 10, 2005