How to Block Junk Mails On Hotmail?

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If you are using a free email service, you probably are well acquainted with the frequent junk emails and spams that creep into your inbox. You know well how irritating these emails can get at times! Now, this fault generally arises because you haven’t yet configured your junk-mail filter settings, which is not at all a tough task! You just need to follow a simple process that shall save you the time of sparing hours just to delete a large number of junk mails on a regular basis. So, let’s begin.

Choose your version of Hotmail:

Depending on the version of Hotmail you are currently running on, the set of instructions vary slightly. Choose the right version of your Hotmail and follow the steps accordingly!

HOTMAIL VERSION 1:HOTMAIL VERSION 2:

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTMAIL VERSION 1:

Report junk email:

Outlook/ Hotmail has its own predefined functions to understand the kind of messages to be considered as junk. Once you move any message to your junk folder, Hotmail understands that the kind is to be treated as junk in future! In case you are receiving spam emails or phishing scam, report it at once.

  1. Check the email you wish to mark as spam or a phishing scam and select the ‘Junk’ on the command bar.

  1. To mark any message as a phishing scam, go to your Junk Email folder, select that message, and then select Not junk > Phishing.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOTMAIL VERSION 2:

Report junk email:

Outlook/ Hotmail has its own predefined functions to understand the kind of messages to be considered as junk. Once you move any message to your junk folder, Hotmail understands that the kind is to be treated as junk in the future! In case you are receiving spam emails or phishing scam, report it at once.

  1. In the inbox folder, check the box next to the message you consider as junk.
  2. On the command bar, click on the arrow next to Junk.

  1. Finally, select any one of the following:
    1. Junk: This option is used for same emails received daily.
    2. Phishing scam: Prefer using this option when any email is trying to collect your confidential data or personal information such as your bank account details, or any other Security number. You can find more about Phishing emails online.
    3. My friend’s been hacked: When any of your safe/ trusted senders start sending you junk emails, you can use this option to stay safe!

NOTE: Any proper and legal business such as Microsoft won’t ever send you solicited email messages requesting you to disclose any personal or financial information. If at any time you feel suspicious about any message, DO NOT ever open the link in the mail or call the number in it!

Junk email filters and other reporting options:

You can now choose to set the level of authority given to Hotmail to automatically find and block any spam messages. You can also decide whether to allow Microsoft to share your junk email reports with companies fighting spam and phishing especially.

Other ways to fight SPAM:

  • Share your email id only to whom you know well: Refrain from sharing or posting your email address over social media sites, or anywhere over the internet or even in job-posting websites. If it’s important to share on some website, make sure to disguise it!
  • Ignore junk email or instant messages:
    Spammers earn by selling products via their messages containing the links. So, DO NOT ever reply to spam messages (even to unsubscribe), buy items from uncommon websites, or make any transfers via the links received. Beware of fraudulent emails imposing as Microsoft requesting you for your password. They simply try to fool you. So, BEWARE!

    • To empty your Junk Email folder:
      • In the navigation pane, select Junk Email.
      • Next, click on ‘Empty Folder’ option.

  • Add important contacts to your safe senders’ list: You can prefer adding important emails to the safe senders’ list so that you don’t miss important messages because sometimes, Hotmail might send some emails to the junk folder by mistake!
  • Choose your junk email filter:
    If Hotmail identifies any message as junk, it might automatically redirect it to your Junk folder. Hotmail provides you with two levels of filtering:

    • Standard: This is the most typical filter. Any message recognized under this category is automatically sent to your Junk Email folder.
    • Exclusive: This Exclusive has very strict limits on the messages to be marked spam. This filter only trusts new messages from new contacts on your Safe Senders’ list. It also alerts you on your subscriptions.

To set the level of your junk filtering, select Settings > Options > Mail > Junk email > Filters and reporting.

  • Look for spam shopping offers: When shopping online, some sites ask you to check for future subscriptions. Avoid them as much as possible. Subscribe to email newsletters which you are willing to.
  • Read the complete privacy policy: Whenever you sign up for web services such as banking, shopping, etc.; read every policy related to it carefully.
  • Disguise your email address: When you are posting on public sites, try to disguise your email address. For example, rahul27 AT outlook DOT com.

CONCLUSION:

So, here we conclude the guide on ‘How to Block Junk Mails on Hotmail’ hoping that the instructions helped you build a spam-free inbox. If you are facing any other issue, feel free to post your query in the comment box below.

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