Common Misconception: Why you shouldn’t delete spam emails


Everyone of you knows how annoying spam mail is, but few handle spam properly. At first glance, the quickest and most obvious option would be to simply delete the spam. This is not particularly advisable, however, as deleting spam can lead to a number of problems. For example, if you deleted the spam, you could accidentally open the email, so that you will receive even more spam in the future because the spammer will now know that your email address really exists and works.

A far bigger problem, however, is that you are missing out on training your spam filter. Spam actually belongs in the spam folder. However, so that the filter of your mail provider can arrange this accordingly, the filter must first understand what exactly you mean by spam mail. However, if you just delete the spam, the filter will never learn or understand.

How to properly deal with spam

If you have spam in your inbox, the best thing to do is to move it to the spam folder.

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Since we’ve already established why you shouldn’t delete spam, we owe it to you to show you how to deal with spam properly.

So that you no longer run the risk of opening the spam in the future and also reduce the number of spam mails, it is advisable to move the respective mails to the spam folder. Depending on the mail provider, this works either via “drag and drop” or directly via a button.

In addition, it is advisable to take a look at the spam folder from time to time and check it for serious emails.

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