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Can I Use Mail Rules To Eliminate One-worded Sender?

I get a lot of spam and I notice many from Bill, Fred, Edwin, Betty, etc. I’ve researched and Hasselblad is the only one-worded name that’s legit. I want to eliminate (delete) names that have one word.

Comments: 2 Responses to “Can I Use Mail Rules To Eliminate One-worded Sender?”

    3 years ago

    I don’t see any way to do that with either Mac Mail rules or iCloud Mail rules. Off the top of my head I don’t think that you could do it with Gmail “filters” either.

    But I don’t see it as a good idea anyway. As you noted, you already get some email from one sender with a one-word name. What if tomorrow you end up getting an email from an important source for the first time and it happens to be a one-word name? Maybe you make a reservation at a hotel or get a message from a doctor’s office? This just doesn’t sound like a good criteria to base anti-spam measures on.

    Instead, I would rely on server-side anti-spam filters, which use servers, IP addresses, reverse-IP lookups and look for mass emails that go out to many users. iCloud and Gmail do this. As I recommend to everyone, people should ditch ISP-based email or their own personal server and go with one of these two systems. I use both and enjoy getting very little spam, despite my email address being “out there” since way back at the dawn of the Internet.

    John Stires
    3 years ago

    The minute I hit ‘send’ I realized that I have several valid one-named communications, including Apple, duh. Thanks Gary,

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