Reduce spam from your inbox in Outlook.com

Spam is any kind of email that you don’t want and didn’t sign up to receive. Some spam is annoying but harmless. But some spam might be part of an identity theft scam or other kind of fraud. To keep spam out of your inbox, follow these simple tips mentioned here.

Tips to reduce spam

If you're seeing an increase in spam, there are several tips you can use to reduce the amount of spam that lands in your Inbox.

Share your email address only with people you know

Avoid posting your email address on your social networking site, in large Internet directories, and in job-posting websites. Don't even post it on your own website, unless you disguise it as described in Disguise your email address.

Ignore junk email or instant messages

Spammers get rich (and build their contact lists, too) when people buy their "products." So don't reply to spam (even to unsubscribe), buy anything from an unfamiliar business, or agree to hold or transfer money for anyone. Beware of messages that appear to come from Microsoft and that ask for your password or threaten to close your account or expire your password. They're false.

Look for pre-selected check boxes

When you shop online, companies sometimes pre-select check boxes that indicate you agree that it's fine to sell or give your email address to responsible parties. Be prudent about when to subscribe to email newsletters and about what kind of email messages you're willing to receive. Make sure you clear the check box if you don't want to be contacted.

Read the privacy policy

When you sign up for web-based services such as banking, shopping, or newsletters, carefully read the privacy policy before you reveal your email address so you don't unwittingly agree to share confidential information. The privacy policy should outline the terms and circumstances regarding if or how the site will share your information. If a website doesn't post a privacy statement, consider taking your business elsewhere.

Disguise your email address

When you post to a message board, newsgroup, chat room, or other public webpage, spell out your entire email address, for example, kerimills AT example DOT com. This way, a person can interpret your address, but the automated programs that spammers use often can't.

Improve your computer's security

You can greatly reduce your risk from hackers, viruses, and worms if you have a firewall, keep your Windows and Microsoft Office software up to date, and install antivirus and antispyware software (and update all routinely).

For more information on how to keep spam out of your inbox, see Help keep spam out of your inbox in Outlook.com.

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