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Spam filtering - general

While the college cannot provide support for home PCs, we can offer some tips to get you started.  To filter spam at your home account, you should start with your home email provider.

For many of us, this is verizon, comcast, or google. Depending on what domain you use for email (“Domain” here being a technical term for the bit on the right-hand side of the @ sign in your email address – the college domain is “”) you may have to report the offense to a different company. Here are some spam / phishing reporting links for common email providers:




In the webmail interface, clicking the check box next to any message puts an icon-button menu across the top of the list.  About the third icon is a button with a stop sign icon; this is the “report as spam” button.  Any checked messages will be reported as spam.

what the report spam button looks like in Google mail

Other services

how to filter a FB news feed
Besides email, unwanted junk can present itself in social media.  Many providers have ways to fine tune what you want to see.

At the top right of each post there is a lightly shaded down-arrow.  Click that to get options like "I don't want to see this", "Unfollow" or "Make News Feed Better."  The first and last of these will follow up for additional details about what you didn't like.  (Many thanks to Chuck Whealton for being a good sport about having his post used here.)

Also, when logged in to Facebook, there is a padlock icon on the top right, next to where you log out.  Click that and the last option is See More Settings.  I encourage you to examine all the settings listed there, but notice especially the item called Blocking.
Security settings

Lastly, look at the help page (login required)  One of the options down the left hand side is "Report Something."

At the top right of the twitter screen is a gear icon; Click this and select Settings.  The second item on the Settings menu is Security and Privacy.  Please review these settings from time to time to make sure you understand how you're sharing information.

Any changes you make may require you to put your password in again.