Taking control of your email

In the final instalment of this series we discuss strategies for dealing with the sheer volume of emails in our inboxes. This week we examine the Junk folder.

We’ve all done it. We’ve finally gotten sick of whichever particular organisation has been spamming our inbox and we mark it as “Junk”. This is an effective way of removing unwanted emails from the Inbox and gives you the option to see what they have sent you should you want to review them before they are deleted.

From a security standpoint though this does nothing to secure your details online. If you’ve previously made an online purchase from this company, they may hold your credit card details as a matter of company policy. If you are certain you want no further contact with them then it is worth spending the extra few minutes to unsubscribe or delete your online account with the company. Because when government departments, banks, large corporations and even local websites like Gumtree have all recently been hacked and account details stolen, how do you know a website you have an account with won’t be next?

Under the Spam Act 2003, every commercial electronic message (including an email) sent must contain a “unsubscribe” link, allowing the receiver to remove themselves from a mailing list should they chose to do so. This can be used to confirm to the sender they do not wish to receive messages.

If you would like help with this or any of the topics we’ve discussed in this series, please contact us today. CyberGuru can also provide training to help you make the most of Outlook, as well as other programs in the Microsoft Office suite.