How to get rid of spam emails

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Spam emails can compromise your personal and financial details, meaning potential hackers can use your information for fraudulent endeavours.

Plus, let’s face it, they’re a massive pain in the neck.

Here are some handy tips and tricks to keep your inbox safe and spam-free:

1. Avoid opening links from unknown senders

If you’ve received an email that’s slipped through your spam filter, avoid opening links or attachments included in the email.

Similarly, don’t reply or forward the email, as this can alert the sender that your email address is active and could trigger further emails being sent.

Spam emails can compromise your personal and financial details, meaning potential hackers can use your information for fraudulent endeavours

2. Check the full email address of the sender

While the email address of the sender may include the name of your bank or a service provider you use, check the full breakdown of the email address for any errors.

Scammers often send emails in the guise of a bank or company asking for password verification or confirmation of your bank details. But often the emails contain bad spelling or grammar, as well as threats such as ‘your account will be deactivated within the next 24 hours’.

These types of emails, also known as phishing, are scams which aim to take money from your accounts or steal your identity. Find out more about how to protect yourself from phishing here.

3. Update your security settings and anti-virus protection

Protect yourself against bogus emails by keeping your security settings up-to-date. This can include anti-virus software on your laptop or desktop, enabling security protection from your broadband provider and running software updates on your operating system.

Windows updates, for example, will include enhanced security features that protect you against new threats it has detected.

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