How to Find and Remove Gmail Junk

How to Find and Remove Gmail Junk

Using a robust junk email management mechanism is essential to avoid seeing legitimate emails buried in tons of spam. spam. Gmail, one of the most popular email services in the world, offers several advanced features to help users keep their inbox clean and organized. Google’s home email service already integrates a mechanism to remove the Gmail junk mail: by accessing the web interface from a browser then clicking on Other in the left column and finally up Spamyou can access the archive of emails that Google has recognized as such.

Check the contents of your Gmail Spam folder

Il spam filter from Google is quite effective (in another article we explained why emails go to the spam folder) but it can still happen that some legitimate emails end up in the spam folder. For this reason, it makes sense to periodically browse the contents of the folder Spam of Gmail, given that messages left in it for more than 30 days are automatically deleted.

It may happen that the communication of changes to a contract or a message forwarded from a PEC mailbox are incorrectly indicated as Spam and end up in the folder of the same name without the user being aware of it. Usually the problem is not with Google’s anti-spam filter but with the sender of the email, who has not implemented the essential measures to ensure that his communications are not marked as spam.

Those who send legitimate emails should always ensure that they do not go to the recipient’s Spam folder

The message classification as spam by Gmail does not depend on filters set by individual users. The experts at email marketing have all the tools available to evaluate the correct delivery of communications sent by email. Services like Glock Apps, Mail Tester, Mail Genius, Unspam Email, Expert and other similar ones (presented in the article cited previously) are widely known by professionals and allow us to establish whether the various email providers (including Gmail) classify emails as Spam or as “Ham”.

The Gmail email account they are the most used worldwide: technical personnel and systems engineers who deal with sending mass emails should always check that the emails sent actually reach the recipients’ inboxes. The same Google Postmaster Tools tool allows you to verify the sender of your messages and have the guarantee that your emails are delivered.

Gmail spam email classification

If an email is not unwanted, just open it and then click the button Mark as not spam: in this way it will be moved to the box Incoming mail and in the future similar communications (especially if coming from the same sender) should no longer be indicated as spam.

Unsubscribe from newsletters and mailing lists

If you often receive emails from the same sender, it is likely that your email address is present in one mailing list or in the database associated with one newsletter managed by third parties. Everyone who sends more than 5,000 messages in a single time (for example during the same day) towards Gmail addresses, from February 2024 they will be asked to carry out an authentication procedure to certify their identity and provide an immediate mechanism forunsubscription. These are the new anti-spam rules for sending high volumes of emails.

Where possible, the Gmail app allows you to unsubscribe with one tap: just select the unwanted messagereceived by signing up for a mailing list or newsletter, then tap Unsubscribe.

Even if you used a client email of third parties to manage Gmail email, subscribing to a newsletter or mailing list can often be canceled from the Web. Simply log in to Gmail, click on the email that you consider unwanted and then choose “A me” immediately below the sender.

Unsubscribe from Gmail newsletter

For those mailing lists or newsletters that allow thecancellation of registration starting from a simple URL, simply click on the link Unsubscribe from this mailing list/newsletter. When present, the URL to unsubscribe is inserted in the headers of the email received: usually just press CTRL+U in your email client and look for the header List-Unsubscribe or similar (there are others but List-Unsubscribe is the most common).

Gmail custom filters

One of the most powerful weapons against Gmail junk mail is the use of filters. You can create custom filters that automatically direct unwanted emails to a separate folder, Spam included.

By following the procedure seen previously, then clicking on “A me” below the sender’s name, you can choose Filter messages to have Gmail automatically compose a useful filter for you block all messages possibly received in the future by the same sender.

Gmail custom filter

This is a useful approach when the sender of repeated unwanted messages does not specify any tool for stop receiving emails the spam.

As a first step, Gmail shows the proposed filter and the list of messages still present in the mailbox that match that filter. With one click Create filteryou can for example choose to delete the message and all those who satisfy the same conditions.

Gmail message filter conditions

Block tracking pixels

Gmail has a bad habit of displaying, by default, all the images contained in the message that opens from the web interface. The result is that any spammer or the authors of phishing campaigns can know if you have read the email. As? Simply by adding a tracer pixel in the body of the message.

A tracking pixel, also known as “web beacon” or “tracking pixel,” is a small transparent image embedded in an email. Its main purpose is to track the behavior of users who open or interact with the message. When the image is uploaded, the server hosting it can detect the opening of the emailacquiring detailed information about user behavior.

Our advice is to access the Gmail settings (gear button in the web interface, View all settings) then place on Ask before viewing external images the option to the right of Images.

Disable Gmail email tracking pixels

The intervention results in the consequent deactivation of dynamic emails. Gmail supports the technology AMP for Email, which allows developers to embed interactive and dynamic components directly into emails. Users can interact with content directly within the inbox, without having to open a browser or perform actions outside the scope of the email itself.

Obviously, disabling the external resources implies that all “active” content possibly present in the body of the email is automatically “neutralized”.

No to applications that require access to the contents of your email account

Many publications suggest the use of Web applications based onartificial intelligence (AI) that interact with the content of your Gmail account. By exploiting AI, these applications aim to improve Google’s anti-spam filter by adapting to the information provided by each user. They also use information stored in the cloud to optimize their operation and help in mail cleaning arriving.

The fact is that all these applications, developed by third parties, require explicit authorization to consult the content of each individual email message.

Do you really want to deliver the entire content of your email to another entity, other than Google, with registered office in a country often located outside the borders of the European Union? And also, you are sure to have taken a look at his policy on the privacy?

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