White Listing Tips

My Helpful Tip #4

How to add Example @ XY-Domain.com to your white list. But what is a white list?

Unsolicited, unwanted advertising eMail, commonly known as “spam”, has become a big problem. It’s reached such proportions that most eMail services and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have put some sort of blocking or filtering system in place or begun relying on self-proclaimed blacklists to tell the good guys from the bad.

This is great but such systems for stopping spam are far from a perfect solution. They often block eMail that you have requested, however, that special welcome or information mail lands in the spam folder. But there is a solution how you can prevent your explicitely wanted mails from falling into the false positive trap. You can fight the blacklists with a so called “White List”.

Every eMail system is different and you must check under “Extras”, “Spam Filer” or “Options” . Below I have listed how to instructions for the major mail account services. 

First, add the address of your supplier/sender (Examplet @ XY-Domain.com) to your address book. Next, follow the instructions for your eMail provider. Here two examples:

YAHOO!
To ensure that your wanted email is delivered to your Yahoo! Inbox (not the Bulk Mail folder), you can instruct Yahoo! to filter it to your Inbox. Here’s how:
• Open your Yahoo! mailbox.
• Click Mail Options.
• Click Filters.
• Next, click Add Filter.
• In the top row, labeled From header: make sure contains is selected.
• Click in the text box next to menu, enter the address in “From” line 
• At the bottom at  ‘Move the message to’, select Inbox .
• Click the Add Filter button again.

HOTMAIL
If you are using Hotmail, you can ensure that your wanted email is delivered to your Inbox by adding the suppliers/senders eMail address (“From” address) to your Safe List. Here’s how:
• Click the Options tab.
• Select Safe List. (It’s under the heading Mail Handling.)
• In the space provided, enter the address in the “From” line.
• Click Add.
• When you see the address you entered in the Safe List box, click OK.

Others work the similar way, just check the options offered or in case of problems ask your provider for instruction and help. I hope you find this useful.