Do you know how to check your spam folder on Gmail / G Suite? Thanks to improved email filtering and widespread knowledge, spam filters have gotten much better. But, the better that spam filters get, the more of us forget how to check our spam folder. We're not doing it so often, so it becomes easy to forget how to do it. The main ways that Spam filters have improved over the past few years are as follows:
That said, despite the improvements over the years, we recommend you check your spam folder every few weeks.
Despite Monty Python’s belief, spam usually refers to unwanted, unsolicited email. Sometimes the spam email is harmless, like an advertisement for a product you showed no interest in beforehand, but on the other hand, spam may lead to a scam where it leads you to download malware or give up personal information.
Chances are your company or your personal email service employs some sort of spam filtering, most utilizing Naive Bayes spam filtering. This technique uses words and other email identifiers and calculates the probability whether the message is or is not spam. It’s not a perfect strategy, but been reasonably effective for many organizations.
Gmail filters for spam in three ways:
It’s important to note that this system is not perfect. An email may have met the criteria and come from a coworker, a friend, a family member, etc. That’s why you should be checking your spam folder somewhat frequently, as all emails marked as spam will be permanently deleted after 30 days.
Follow these steps.
If you see any messages that aren’t spam, proceed with caution. It’s possible a contact was hacked and sent out an email with dangerous contents.
If an email in your main inbox passes through Gmail’s spam filters, mark it spam yourself by clicking the warning exclamation point on the top of your email.
You carry important/sensitive information on your devices—bank account numbers, passwords, etc. You also likely carry important company information as well. If you fall victim to a spam attack, you put your information and your company information at risk.
At Havoc Shield, we know how important it is to keep your inbox safe. That’s why we offer Mail Armor, a program where we’ll inspect any message you find suspicious, and we'll let you know if it's safe to interact with. Learn more about Mail Armor and all of Havoc Shield’s security features here.