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How to Manage Spam

May 18, 2020

How to Manage Spam

Have you noticed an uptick of unwanted email in your inbox lately? That's because many marketers have turned to aggressive email campaigns to reach consumers during this economically challenging time. This junk mail, also known as spam, is generally annoying and distracting, but you can take measures to stop or reduce it.

Spam is unwanted commercial email that comes from both legitimate businesses and fake accounts. It’s typically sent in bulk and can include advertisements, false announcements that you’ve won a sweepstakes, or warnings that a virus has infected your computer. Spam isn’t as dangerous as a phishing email, which mimics a trustworthy source to extract personal information such as passwords or bank account numbers.

CMU’s campus email system automatically identifies and filters some spam messages based on its content. You can take action to further reduce the amount of spam you receive by blocking senders or unsubscribing from marketing lists. You should never respond to a spam message; deleting it is typically the best course of action. 

Visit Manage Spam to learn more about CMU’s spam filters and how you can reduce spam delivered to your inbox.