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Customize Hotmail spam reporting + Configure junk mail settings

Windows Live Hotmail junk mail and spam filters As all email providers, Windows Live Hotmail has to deal with massive amounts of spam; it does that by eliminating some of these unwanted emails before they even reach your inbox (obvious junk emails from known spammers around the world), and by using real time junk mail filters (these filtered emails are the ones you find inside your Hotmail Junk folder). Hotmail's spam filters become increasingly better with time, since the more users report spam, the more accurate Hotmail's junk mail filters are (which is, in part, how the Windows Live services can catch junk emails before they are delivered to your inbox). This tutorial will give you an overview of the Hotmail spam filtering process and basic junk mail settings you can configure for your email account. 

Hotmail default junk mail settings (and option for spam reporting)

As mentioned earlier, Windows Live Hotmail uses spam filters (or junk mail filters) that are "adaptive" - this means that they evolve based not only on Microsoft's own findings about spam propagation and its origins, but also from reports by their more than 300 million users worldwide (whenever you manually report an email as spam, it makes Hotmail's junk mail filters better). But how Hotmail handles spam that reaches your inbox depends on your "Filters and reporting" settings which customize junk email filtering and spam reporting.

Here's how to view or configure the junk mail and spam settings for your Hotmail account:

And this concludes our quick overview of Windows Live Hotmail's settings dealing with spam. As a final note, keep in mind that you cannot configure the number of days Hotmail will keep an email message perceived as spam before permanently deleting it from the Junk folder.

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Tutorial last updated on February 19, 2012
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