Spam Settings in Microsoft® Outlook
What are the guidelines to prevent Microsoft Outlook from spams?
Other than important messages, the Internet can bring some hazards to your Inbox too. Those are spams, viruses and so on. Spam is bulk e-mail messages sent to large number of users. Microsoft Outlook has a folder in it to store all the spam messages. The spam settings play an important role in increasing the spam filtering performance. In order to configure the spam settings, you need to click on 'Options' of 'Tools' menu, and then on the 'Preference' tab. Therein, click on 'Junk e-mail'. This will open a Junk e-mail option dialog box. You can find four options in the dialog box, by selecting the desired option you can change the spam settings. The four options are 'No automatic filtering', 'Low', 'High' and 'Safe lists only'. Thus the performance of filtering the spam can be increased by selecting the desired option.
Following are the methods to safeguard Microsoft Outlook from spam:
- Block automatic picture download
- Using Safe senders list option
- Microsoft Outlook e-mail post marking
Block automatic picture download
HTML format messages usually include images from the external source of the web. This is done by legitimate users in order to avoid adding large graphics in the messages. This capability, used by junk e-mail senders, is termed as Web Beacon which collects your e-mail address. When you open the message sent by junk e-mail senders, the content is downloaded automatically. To avoid this, Microsoft Outlook provides 'Block automatic picture download' option, which blocks such spams, thus safeguarding you from picture spams sent from these Web beacon.
Using Safe senders list option
Using the safe senders list option, Microsoft Outlook accepts messages only from the addresses in this list, regardless of the content of the message. The spam messages, other than from the addresses present in the safe senders list, will not be allowed and will be blocked by Microsoft Outlook. Thus you can block the spam messages in Microsoft Outlook. On the other hand you can view important messages from any sender by adding the address of sender to safe sender list.
Microsoft Outlook post marking is a process in which it postmarks the message before it is sent. The postmark specifies regarding the list of recipients and time when the message was sent. When the receiver supporting this post marking receives the mail, it will recognize the postmark and indicate the recipient e-mail application that the message is not a spam. Thus the suspicious messages without the postmark will blocked by Microsoft Outlook, thereby providing safety. On the other hand, it will provide you access to postmarked safe messages.
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