I have just started receiving about 15 pornographic emails a day from such addresses as 'H00up...Request' and 'sMaSh'mE'. Is there is any way of blocking them before they reach me? I find them very offensive.
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Is it an Optus email account? Are you viewing via the Optus email online?
Don't respond to any of the emails (i.e. don't try unsubscribe)
Do the emails have a pattern in the subject or sender? i.e. is there some specific words you could set up a rule to block them?
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I have followed the instructions but it has had no effect. I'm still receiving these emails. Admittedly they go to my spam folder but I still have to check the emails to make sure that genuine emails haven't ended up there.
The internet is pretty huge. As the saying goes, when you look into the darkness then the darkness also looks back.
Checking the spam folder is pretty straight forward. Easy to skip over porn headlines. In these cases a blacklist is rearely effective as the same organisation will send you the same links but the sender email will amlways be slightly different.
Luck? I realise I'm being a bit flip but spam accounts for around 25% of all data sent across the Internet. It's automatically generated and sent to billions of addresses (daily). Possibly one of the other sites you customer for hacked and it's email lists got releases . Or you entered some sort of competition. Clicked UnSubscribe ? Made a comment on some forum? Emails now routinely contain 'report back' hidden pixels so opening (or even auto previewing) and email will flag it as active and ready for follow up emails. Or perhaps they just randomly generated email addresses and throw them out there. It's difficult to impossible to know really and there's no single explanation.
Doubtless you probably do the most effective thing and don't visit 'dodgy' websites.
IMO the thing to concentrate on is what to do about it when you get it. Optus flagging it to the spam folder is probably the most you can expect. Unfortunately there's no indication that the Optus MARK AS SPAM option does anything more than manually move the email (i.e. future similar emails will just pop up again).
If you want better tools to manage your emails then you will need to look around. Many online and local email viewers can be set to recieve your Optus emails (I assume you're using the Optus viewer now?). They will have the abillity to set rules for processing incoming emails (i.e. send straight to trash any email with a subject containing the word 'hubbahubba'). Personally I'd have a look at Outlook.com or Gmail.com. Both are free and whatever you play around with in there doesn't actually affect your main Optus Email so you can always just discard them and use the Optus viewer again (or switch between)). You can set them to import all your old emails and also any new ones.
FWIW I'd usually suggest moving to a non ISP email address as if you ever leave Optus you will lose your current address. If you have a GMail account (for example) then that travels with you anywhere (Its also constantly improved and has security features like 2 factor authentication, better spam handling, rules, etc.)
Thanks Peter. I already use a gmail email address. I just use Outlook for this email address. I'll have a look at Outlook to see if there's anything they can offer to block these emails. Thanks for your suggesttons.