How to Set Email Filtering Through Your Internet Service Providers

Article Posted by Expert Author: Jesse Schwarz  on 10/31/2014

The major free e-mail providers online have built-in filtering software for the purpose of keeping questionable and annoying emails from flooding your inbox, and those of your children, but you have to change the settings before anything goes into effect. Most e-mail doesn’t have spam control settings up and running when you first sign up, so it’s necessary to take the initiative and configure them to your liking. The amount of security you choose all depends on the age of your children, the type of communication they intend to use the e-mail for, and your personal needs as a family. You will have to know your kid’s e-mail passwords and addresses to change the settings, but it’s recommended that you help them sign up for the account anyways, so this shouldn’t be a problem. You may want to do some human monitoring every once in a while as well, to keep track of the people your kids are communicating with online – they should only be e-mailing their friends, and family. High speed Internet providers can’t do this for you.

Spam settings are easy to set up on all the major e-mail programs. Simply log into each account and look for the section that allows you to change the security level. It differs slightly with every provider, but you should be able to find the right place. Under security settings there will be a section for controlling and filtering spam – this is where you want to go to change your preferences. In most cases you’re asked to set the filtering mechanism to a certain level – higher levels provide more protection against spam and allow you to track every e-mail that comes in. The lowest setting provides no security and lets all communications flow through to your inbox unencumbered. High speed Internet providers can’t control spam for these types of e-mail addresses, so you have to set them yourself. You can also purchase extra software that scans e-mails as they come in. This is a good idea if you want to avoid viruses as well as inappropriate content.

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