For some time now, the amount of junk mail clogging up my inbox has been ruinous, both in time and missed important communications. There are many methods and tricks for cutting down the junk mail load — the most extreme being setting up a new email address and closing down the old one. But that has some severe drawbacks, especially if you’ve used an address for some time.
In the long run, I will probably set up several Gmail accounts for managing different types of accounts. For example, on that I give for backing and other sensitive sites, another for subscriptions to newsletters, another for friends and family, and another for sites that are likely to sell my address to some massive database/ad-serving organization.
But in the short term, I’m taking a look at my default email client. Mail is okay, but there are assuredly third-party apps that work better. Currently, I’m testing Thunderbird against Mail. Thunderbird had a long and stories history, but once fell on hard times. But Mozilla now manages it and is making regular updates. The main attraction to Thunderbird, however, is it’s strong cross-platform support.
Cleaning up my mail system will take a while. I plan to report on what I find, from time to time. But I’m also looking for tips on how you’ve managed your junk mail. You might have solutions that many other Apple users can benefit from.