How to stop junk text messages and spam for good

Think about how many times a day your phone, computer, tablet, watch, and other devices buzz or ring. It gets annoying and distracting.

Much of this is likely because you didn’t take the time to clean up your notification settings. With this quick tech fix, it’s easier than you think. Bet you will find apps adjusting the settings that you haven’t used in years. Tap or click for 5 apps you should delete now.

Then it’s time to tackle the real junk. If you have ever sighed at the sight of spam texts and emails, you will love this. Here’s a secret to throwing spammers off your trail.

The two words you shouldn’t say

Have you ever replied STOP or UNSUBSCRIBE to a spam message? If so, prepare for even more trouble. You are right to think that you are putting an end to the noise, but you are going to make it worse.

Why? Spammers meet as many people as possible looking for working contact information. When you interact, say, “Yes, this phone number belongs to someone!” This is great news for you. It lets them know that you are a real person that they should be targeting more often.

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Instead, do the following:

  • For an email: Mark as Spam, then hit Clear.
  • For a text: block the phone number and mark the message as Spam. Then press the Clear Button.

You can also forward spam texts to 7726 (which means “SPAM”). You will receive a message from your wireless service provider asking you to reply with the phone number that sent the incorrect text. This only takes a minute and can help stop some spam campaigns.

If you have an iPhone:

  • Find the spam message. Press it until a menu appears.
  • Press More bottom right. Then tap Arrow symbol.
  • You will now see a forwarded message. Tap on To: Field. Then come in 7726 and send the message.

If you are using an Android phone:

  • Press and hold the spam message.
  • Hit that Forward arrow.
  • Send the message to 7726.

Do you want to be a superhero?

Go beyond duty and contact the FTC to file a formal complaint. While this step takes more time and effort, it is an excellent way to fight spammers. Think of it as your good deed for the day.

MORE HELP: 6 smarter ways to put an end to spam texts

Give your inbox a little help

Spam is certainly not limited to calls and texts. Take a look at your inbox. In September 2020, spam accounted for over 47% of all emails sent worldwide, according to Statista.

Most email services correctly detect spam messages. However, you can support the sorting process by confirming or rejecting the automatic spam detection. If you get a spam message that isn’t marked as such, don’t just delete it. Click the Report Spam button to train the algorithm to better detect these malicious messages.

You can even do the opposite if you find harmless email in the spam folder. Label it as “no spam”.

3 other quick tips to reduce email spam

If your inbox is bloated, do something about it. Consider this tactic:

  1. Create two email addresses. Use one for personal use and the other for purchases, newsletters, surveys, and coupons. If you don’t want a separate inbox, try using aliases or create a single-use burner email.
  2. Never display your email address on public websites. Scammers search social networks, forums, and blogs for email. If you want to post your email address somewhere, write it down so that it is difficult for a bot to get to, e.g. B. “Name at Domain Dot Com”.
  3. Use an original email address. Did you know that spammers try to create likely combinations of names? Common name people are even bigger targets. Try to create a unique address that spammers won’t come up with, even if it means adding an extra letter or other characters.

Bottom line: don’t interact with spammers. If you answer, that will be a green light for them to chug on further. For your safety, leave the tracks.

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