Hotmail can filter out all emails that are not from your trusted contacts. We explain how to change your settings to only receive message from chosen safe senders and domains
Q I have a similar problem to Alan Harris in that I am also receiving a stream of spam emails that are driving me to distraction. However, the solution you suggest – setting up a message rule to detect key words – won’t work for me, because the spammers are (perhaps deliberately) mis-spelling and jumbling up the words in the subject line of the message, and the address of origin is always different.
I imagine it’s not possible to create rules that will deal with ever-changing words so they all end up in my inbox. Marking them as junk is time-consuming and irritating. Is there something I can do in Windows Hotmail to save my sanity?
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A One way to deal with this it to make your Hotmail inbox a place that can be reached only by trusted contacts. To do this, log in as usual then click Options (at the top-right corner) followed by More options. Click the Filters and reporting under the Preventing junk email heading, choose the Exclusive radio button and click Save.
Back at the Options screen, click the ‘Safe and blocked senders’ link followed by Safe senders. Use the options on this screen to add or remove particular email addresses or whole domains to or from the list on the right. Messages from email addresses and domains not on this list will be sent straight to the Junk folder, so be sure to check this regularly for legitimate messages from new contacts.
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