How to get rid of spam

I went from receiving around 150 spam emails a day to around 3. The best thing is, I used a simple method that everyone can apply provided they have a gmail account. Gmail is the webmail program from Google; it is excellent at spotting spam and it is possible to use it to filter your emails before they reach your inbox if you want to continue to use Outlook, Outlook Express, Thunderbird, or some other email client on your computer. And you don’t have to change your email address.
Here is the method: first you set up a gmail account for yourself (if you need an invitation, contact me), and add your other email address as an additional account. You can make it your default account, if you like, so that when you send email from Gmail, it is done using your other address. Then you need to go to your mail server and set it up so it forwards all your mail to your gmail address. This is normally possible in the settings bit of your mail program, but you might need some more advanced access. Then, you change your pop3 settings in your email client to look at Gmail instead of your old server. Two great things about this: first, when you want to access your email using Gmail (when you’re away from your desk for example), the sent mail also gets downloaded to your email client, so you can keep track of all of your emails. Second, gmail keeps a copy of all your emails, which is really handy when you’re not at your desk.
Et voilà! All your genuine mails will reach your inbox while the spam will be neatly tucked away in your gmail account’s spam folder. There are lots of references to this method out there (, Jeremy Zawodny amongst others). It works!

By |2016-10-18T15:50:18+00:00October 13th, 2006|Translator's tools|5 Comments

About the Author:

I am Céline Graciet, a freelance English to French translator. Since 2003 I’ve been writing on all sorts of areas linked to translation and the life of a translator.


  1. Margaret October 13, 2006 at 1:24 pm

    That’s great. I knew the spam filter was good – and Thunderbird is driving me mad, because it gives a spam filter, but it’s pretty useless. But I didn’t realize how to add the other address in Gmail (I use Gmail for a translation mailing list).

  2. céline October 13, 2006 at 2:49 pm

    I thought Thunderbird was very good. I’m stuck with Microsoft programs as I need to sync with my Windows-based PDA. Let me know if you get any success in your fight against spam comments on your blog! I could do with some tips.

  3. neij October 13, 2006 at 10:34 pm

    This is the method I have come up with, and it’s amazing. It’s a little bit fiddly to set up, but that’s just one-off – and then it works like a dream. And the best bit is, it doesn’t matter if you’re stuck with Microsoft programs, as everything that comes into Outlook (or Outlook Express) is already filtered, using Céline’s method!

  4. Margaret October 14, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    I’m certain that there is no good solution for this old Movable Type I’m using. The solution is either to move to a new system or to update to Movable Type 3.33 – I’m told this is straightforward, but as I know I want to leave MT, I don’t even want to take this step.
    You use MT-Blacklist, I presume? It isn’t supported any longer, but it still works for me: I delete comments and ban the text and URL, but that’s the problem, of course – accidentally banning something that should be allowed.

  5. Ramon October 22, 2006 at 3:40 pm

    I actually have three filters, one on the server where I host my website (SpamAssassin) which works quite well, a secondary filter as part of my firewall software and a third one in Thunderbird. This reduces the actual spam from several hundreds (I once topped 400) to just one or two a day.
    Initially I did check daily whether something had been accidentally erased, but after three or four months I decided it was not worth the effort because after the initial filter training there were no mistakes. Just to be sure, all my clients are in a “white list” on all three spam filters.

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