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Help In Setting Up Filters In Gmail


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#1 honu1

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Posted 27 September 2008 - 06:54 PM

I was hoping someone here can explain to me in "novice" terms how to set up a filter in Gmail.
The spam folder is great for holding the nasty pornographic emails. But, I want to know how I can block these emails from ever trying to get to my system.
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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 01:54 PM

Hello honu1,

Setting up the filters looks a bit complicated at first.
1. Open the 'Spam' folder
2. Click the Select All button to highlight all the messages on the page.
3. Once highlighted click the 'more actions' menu and then click 'filter messages like these'.
4. On the new page you should see the 'from' text area full, click 'Next step'.
5. On the new page select the options you want, such as 'Delete it'.
6. Click 'Create filter' then then any emails from those places should be filtered in the future.
Regards,

Alan.

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Posted 28 September 2008 - 05:12 PM

Thank you very much for the help,Alan.
I did everything you said+it was easy too! :thumbsup:

I find that when I go to the actual website forums (ie:Gmail), I have such a hard time understanding what is said. People like you here at BC make learning computers so much more rewarding.


The strange thing about this Gmail spam business, is that the addy affected is my mother's actually. She used to have a laptop, but gave up on it over a year ago as she couldn't get the hang of navigating thru Gmail. I've kept her account open just in case she ever wants to get back online. She doesn't ever use my computer+doesn't even know my password anyway.

I have 2 different Gmail accounts myself, but neither one has been hit with the obscene spam that her account has been.
I'm wondering if she didn't click on some link in an attachment in an email,don't know.

Also,I did set up a filter in her account that stated any emails sent to her that were not in her address book were to be deleted. Don't know why that didn't work tho.

Thanks again for your help. I'll be sure to copy your instructions+keep them readily available for any future outbreaks of this sort. Advertising is one thing, but pornography is totally NOT acceptable! :flowers:

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Posted 29 September 2008 - 05:44 AM

No problem, glad to help.

There are three main ways that spam gets to an email account.

1. Someone will just send mail blindly like dialling 000001 then 000002, then 0000003 etc on a phone. The mail will report back to the sender when the mail has been opened. This lets the person know there is an email account at an address.

2. Some people put email addresses as their user names on forums or leave them on the post hoping for a quick response. This information is then publicly available and can be used to spam.

3. Some online companies require an email address to register and to send a newsletter to. While this sounds harmless some may sell your contact details to 3rd parties who then may send them on again and again. The result is a sizeable quantity of emails from people you don't know.

It is a constant battlefield as more methods of sending spam are devised and more methods of blocking the spam are implemented and methods of bypassing the blocking methods and so on.
Regards,

Alan.




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