Saturday, January 29, 2011

How to Block Email Addresses in Hotmail: Spam Prevention

Everyone hates spam. However, you can protect yourself against it in a number of ways. First, advise friends and co-workers not to send you those emails that are simultaneously sent to dozens of other recipients (the modern day equivalent of the chain letter). As soon as you are heaped in with all those other people you don't know, your email address can be slurped up and added to yet more spam emails. Various recipients of the same email may have viruses that grab all email addresses from their email accounts.

But you may not be completely successful using this method. Sooner or later, you will receive spam. If you are willing to make the effort, however, you can block e-mails from spam artists.

The following instructions will show you how to block specific e-mail addresses from sending spam to your Hotmail account.

To block an e-mail address in Hotmail:

1. Open your hotmail account.

2. In the upper right corner, click on Options.

options in hotmail

3. Click More Options.

more options in hotmail

4. Under Preventing junk email, click Safe and blocked senders.

blocked and safe in hotmail

5. In the Safe and blocked senders screen, click Blocked senders.

blocked senders

6. In the Blocked email address or domain: text box, add the email address that you want to block.

add email address hotmail

7. Click the Add to list button.

add to list button hotmail

Result: the email address now appears in the Blocked senders text box.

blocked senders text box hotmail

The worst of these bothersome addresses have variants that will still end up in your inbox. Make the effort to block subsequent variations and you will eventually be rid of them.


Anonymous said...

how do I block numbers of emails at the same time???

Anonymous said...

I would suggest if you wanted to block something like a Domain of people just type/copy E.g and it will block the domain from sending you any further emails. It's really nice.

Hotmail Help said...

The whole idea of having a password for your email is going to change in the next few years. You will no longer need to enter a password to access your email. A new approach has been started by Yahoo. They use account key instead of a password on the yahoo mail app.

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