Emails have become an integral part of life today, and email correspondence is now essential in most lines of work. A messy mailbox is inefficient and can slow your computer down unless you unsubscribe from emails. Everyone receives tons of unwanted emails, including from newsletters, mailing lists and other unsolicited sources. All this junk bloat the mailbox and can make important email harder to find.
If you are receiving lots of updates, including upcoming promotions or notifications about new blog posts, from sites you signed up with, these might not be technically considered “spam”.
According to the US CAN-SPAM act:
The unsubscribe email mechanism is usually a link at the end of each email. If you wish to unsubscribe, just scroll down and click the unsubscribe link. This link is usually small and unobtrusive to prevent accidental clicks.
If you have trouble finding the unsubscribe from emails link, press CTRL+F and search for the term “unsubscribe” in the body of the email.
The unsubscribe email link will take you to a page that must give you the option to unsubscribe. Many such pages also include options to update other mail preferences, including subscriptions to related mailing lists. Regardless of other features, the unsubscribe page must allow you to unsubscribe without further hassle, otherwise it is not CAN-SPAM compliant.
Sometimes, newsletters will ask you to write to a specific email address to opt out. This used to be standard practice in the early 2000s, but it is now very uncommon.
But what about senders that don’t comply with the CAN-SPAM act?
Real spammers don’t follow any such rules and regulations, and keep sending you unsolicited emails. Many operate outside the US and can’t even be held liable for not complying with CAN-SPAM. Professional spammers utilize complex botnets and even virus-infected computers to send their spam.
Moreover, real spam can be dangerous for you and your computer. In addition to viruses and malware, spam emails can be confusing and misleading, with the intent of obtaining your personal data. This is called “phishing” and is illegal worldwide. Phishing emails might try to trick you in sharing your bank information, wiring cash internationally, or even divulging your physical address.
Thankfully, all modern email services offer a significant degree of protection against malicious spam and phishing emails. Many dangerous spam emails are just blocked before reaching your mailbox. But, those that do, can be very dangerous.
When you see an email that seems shady or looks like spam, you can just hit the “Spam” button. This will protect you, and tell your email provider that the sender of the email might not be trustworthy. In extreme cases, you can even block an email or a whole domain, which is a drastic and permanent solution.
The spam button and block functions should be used for real spam. Just marking a legitimate email as spam or junk won’t actually unsubscribe you from that mailing list. On the other hand, illegal spam might often seem to feature a legitimate unsubscribe link, which only serves to lure users into visiting potentially dangerous sites.
Clicking on a fake unsubscribe from emails link is equal to notifying the spammer that your email address is actively in use. This works as a validation to the spammer, who can then forward your address to his spammer associates. Moreover, by visiting the spammer’s site, you are effectively giving them details about your geographic location (through your computer’s IP address), your browser and your operating system! Scarier of all, by clicking such links, you are in danger of malware infection.
Therefore, while you should not block or mark legitimate email as spam, you should be careful not to click unsubscribe email links from emails that might be from non-legitimate senders. When in doubt, it is best just to mark an email as spam and move along. If it is from a legitimate sender, you will be given the option to unsubscribe from this email again at a later date.
Monitoring hundreds of emails and manually clicking “spam” or “unsubscribe” for every one of them can be draining and time consuming. About 80% of all emails are auto-generated by software, so it’s only logical to use an equally efficient software to manage them – an email cleaner.
Clean Email identifies and categorizes emails using sophisticated algorithms. It groups up unwanted emails so you can quickly review and get rid of them with a single click. As it does not automatically remove any emails, you are in no risk of losing anything important.
You can easily move, store and archive important emails while promptly getting rid of spam. Moreover, you can group up all emails with unsubscribe options so you can quickly see which newsletters are relevant to you, and which you should unsubscribe from.
Finally, Clean Email will do all that without selling your personal data to third-party companies. Many online service providers make a profit from selling their users’ personal data to other companies, some of which may then send unsolicited emails to users. Clean Email is against spam in theory and in practice.
Clean Email is built to work from any device and for all email clients, with additional functionalities and support added on a regular basis as new services emerge and new devices become available. One Clean Email subscription covers your mailbox across ALL your devices!