How do I stop receiving explicit emails?

Sydney W.
Sydney W.
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This article is for educational purposes only. We can not guarantee that the following action steps will prevent explicit emails from reaching your email inbox.

This article explains why a person may receive explicit emails and action steps that may reduce or stop them.

Why People Receive Explicit Emails

Here are some reasons someone may receive explicit emails:

  • The websites and content we visit on our devices can dictate the ads and emails we receive. For example, if you're shopping for a new car, you may see car ads in your social media feeds and receive emails about cars. The same concept applies to explicit material.

  • Website companies also track browsing activity and can sell that information to third parties. Your information can be sold without your consent, or you may consent to the website collecting and selling your information when you agree to its terms and conditions.

How to Stop Receiving Explicit Emails

Here are some action steps you can take to stop receiving emails:

  • Unsubscribe from the email. Unsubscribing from an email usually stops the sender from sending you more emails; there are laws in place to enforce that. Unfortunately, someone must open the email to unsubscribe, which may make this an unfavorable option. Open the email, scroll to the bottom, and select the "unsubscribe" button or hyperlink.

  • Mark the email as spam or junk. Marking an email as spam or junk can tell your email provider (Gmail, Yahoo!, Outlook, etc.) to automatically block that email sender in the future. 

  • Clear your browser's history and cache. Clearing your internet browser's (Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.) history and cache may reduce or prevent unsavory ads and emails.

  • Set up and use a new email address. Creating a new email address can help you get a fresh start with the type of emails you receive. 

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