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:

  1. Create a Gmail account
  2. Setup your email server to forward your messages to your newly created Gmail account
  3. 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:
Send those emails to:
I then setup a filter in Gmail to label the message (for easier identification and searching) and forward that message to:
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.