Ever send an email while you’re under the influence of something and later regret sending that email? While it might not be as fun as flying by the seat of your inebriated pants you just dribbled in, it might also save you some embarrassment or more.
Using Gmail as a Spam Filter
For those who are not familiar yet, Gmail can be used effectively as an anti-spam filter. You don’t need to use Gmail as your main source of email. Instead, you will use it as a filter of sorts – as a bonus, it will also act as an archive.
Using Gmail as a spam filter is an excellent solution for individuals who do not wish to pay for and maintain their own anti-spam server. Here’s how:
- Create a Gmail account
- Setup your email server to forward your messages to your newly created Gmail account
- Retrieve your filtered email by either IMAP, POP3, or by setting up a “Filter” in Gmail and forwarding to your main email account
For instance, I tell my email server: Any emails that are addressed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Send those emails to: email@example.com
I then setup a filter in Gmail to label the message (for easier identification and searching) and forward that message to: firstname.lastname@example.org
There is no “loop” created and setting up a rule in my email client is common place. So now I receive free spam filtered email.
And trust me, it works great. Don’t believe me? Take a look for yourself.