Outlook Junk Email Filter

Written by Jessica Duquette
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Outlook junk email filter can drastically reduce the number of junk email messages that are received to an inbox. Instead of working at the email server level, the filter runs on a personal inbox and can be easily customized based on the user's desired level of protection. This will allow you to limit the number of messages that you need to read through and can potentially save disk space.

How It Works

There are many different types of email filters that look at everything from the message's subject to the sender's IP address. What the Outlook filter does is scan the message and make a determination based on several criteria including the time the message was sent, text in the message and the structure of the message. Not relying on sender information will allow the filter to examine each message independently and make a finding.

The Outlook junk email filter can be updated by visiting a website or modified to include senders that the receiver always wishes to treat as junk email. Although most spam messages include a link to unsubscribe from a mailing list it is better to simply filter email or block senders. When a person unsubscribes from a mailing list they may unknowingly be added to several more lists which will only make the problem worse.

Using the Outlook Junk Email Filter

When Microsoft Outlook is first installed the junk email filter is on a lower setting designed to capture the more obvious spam messages and move them to the junk folder. It is easy to modify the settings so that more junk messages are caught and the user can also add contacts to the junk senders list. A sender classified as a junk email sender can also be added to a safe sender list in order to receive messages from that contact in the future.

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