How To Block Emails on Hotmail
According to the National Technology Readiness Survey and Maryland’s Business School, the average time spent deleting spam messages per day is 2.8 minutes. If we multiply that by 365 days in a year, we get 17 days we’d rather spend with our family and friends, or going on a vacation to recharge the batteries for tasks other than deleting junk email.
Still, you can’t just ignore all the spam that finds its way to your Hotmail inbox. Technically, you could, but your inbox would get clogged, and you’d risk missing the important emails from your friends or colleagues.
The question is—how do you safeguard your identity and personal information from phishing scams and protect yourself from harassment messages and other unsolicited emails, without wasting 17 days a year? Here’s how to block emails on Hotmail successfully.
How To Block Emails on Hotmail Manually
Every email service provider (ESP) is well aware of the fact that people detest spam, Hotmail included. That’s why ESPs implement spam filters and other mechanisms that you can leverage to prevent spam and unsolicited emails from reaching your inbox.
If you want to learn how to stop receiving emails on Hotmail, there are three ways to do so:
- Blocking a specific email address
- Using filters
- Blocking all emails unknown to you
Blocking a Specific Email Address on Hotmail
If you keep getting unwanted emails from a particular sender, the best thing to do is add their address to the blocked addresses list. Here is how to do it:
- Go to your Inbox
- Click the gear icon at the upper-right side of the page
- Select More mail settings
- Under Preventing junk email, click Safe and blocked senders
- Select Blocked senders
- Enter the email address or a domain in the box labeled Blocked email address or domain
- Click on Add to list
How To Block an Email on Hotmail by Creating a Filtering Rule
You can create a rule that will block emails based on specific words in the email subject line. For instance, you can add words like buy, now, help, winner, lucky, or similar words and phrases that you encounter in spam email subject lines.
By doing this, you’re essentially setting up your own spam filter, so emails with subject lines containing the chosen words will go straight to your Spam folder.
Here’s how to set up a filtering rule on Hotmail:
- Log on using your name and password
- Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner
- Opt for More mail settings
- Select Rules for sorting new messages under the Customizing Hotmail section
- Click on New
- Go to Which messages do you want this rule to apply to
- Choose Subject in the first drop-down menu
- Select Contains in the second drop-down menu
- Type the word you would like to block in the third field
- Click on Delete these messages under What action do you want to apply
- Hit Save
Blocking Hotmail Messages From All Unknown Email Addresses
You can create a safe sender list to block all unknown senders. This way, messages from people or companies not on the list will automatically go to your junk folder. These are the steps to follow:
- Login to your account
- Click the gear icon in the upper-right corner
- Select More mail settings
- Click the Filters and Reporting option under Preventing junk email
- Hit Exclusive
- Choose Safe Senders
- Type in the email addresses you want to add as safe, pressing Enter after typing each one
- Click on Save at the top of the window
Only the messages from Contacts or the Allowed sender list will appear in your inbox. You should occasionally check your junk email folder to ensure that important messages haven’t been sent there by mistake.
|What You Should Do|
|You want to block all unknown senders||
Create a Safe Sender list
You want to avoid emails from a specific person
|Use the Blocked Address list|
|You want to stop spam||
Create the Filtering Rule
How To Unsubscribe From Emails on Hotmail
As with any other ESP, you can unsubscribe from specific mailing lists on Hotmail by opening up an unwanted email and clicking the Unsubscribe link.
That said, there’s a much easier way to unsubscribe from spammers on Hotmail:
- Log into your Hotmail account
- Navigate to Settings
- Select Mail
- Click on Subscriptions
- Hit Unsubscribe next to the email from the sender you no longer wish to receive emails from
Hotmail will list all of your active email subscriptions, allowing you to quickly browse through them and unsubscribe from annoying spammers with a single click. Depending on how many mailing lists you’re subscribed to, this can take a lot of time. There’s also the fact that this option cannot help you deal with unsolicited emails—sent by people you haven’t shared your email address with.
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How To Block an Email Address on Hotmail With DoNotPay
DoNotPay can help you block unwanted messages on Hotmail in a flash. Follow these steps, and you’ll protect yourself from irrelevant, annoying, and potentially harmful emails:
- Log into your account on the web browser or iOS app
- Select Spam Collector
- Enter your email address to connect it with DoNotPay
- Forward the next unwanted message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our anti-spam service will unsubscribe you automatically from the sender. Any emails they attempt to send you in the future won’t be able to reach your inbox—if it does, we’ll help you report email abuse.
There could also be a financial benefit for you as you take spam email revenge and recover the damages. The Federal Trade Commission may bring a civil action against the sender based on the CAN-SPAM Act of 2003: Enforcement by States.
The spam email is not legal if you didn’t agree to receive it or if there is no unsubscribe option. If there is a class-action lawsuit against the sender, we’ll let you know. You may decide to join the trial and gain financially—provided there is a favorable settlement or ruling. You’ll be glad to know there may be up to $500 in your budget when the process is over.
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