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I typically click on the button to empty my junk email folder every few days. I know the email provider deletes emails over 10 days old out of the junk folder so I wondered how many would accumulate before they began to be automatically deleted.

It's been a few days and I'm up to 773 emails in my junk folder. I didn't write it down but I think I have another 2 or 3 days before I reach 10 days and they begin to be automatically deleted. After they start to be deleted I'm going to watch it to see about how many are in there when it reaches equilibrium.

I shouldn't be but I'm just amazed at how much junk accumulates in that folder in such a short amount of time. What a waste!

I'm just wondering. Do any of you just let the email provider automatically maintain your junk email folder? How many emails are typically in that folder?
 

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I use Thunderbird and deal with it myself. I set it to automatically delete them after a few months. I have several email addresses. The main one. The Gmail of course. And the shopping/forum email which gets the bulk of the spam. And a Yahoo which I used for some ham radio forums, but it's looked at much these days. My filters get rid of nearly all the crap. A bit over 1200 in that email Junk folder right now. But I have seen well over 10,000. I do not care for any of the webmail interfaces which is why I have stuck with Thunderbird.
 

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I use Thunderbird and deal with it myself. I set it to automatically delete them after a few months. I have several email addresses. The main one. The Gmail of course. And the shopping/forum email which gets the bulk of the spam. And a Yahoo which I used for some ham radio forums, but it's looked at much these days. My filters get rid of nearly all the crap. A bit over 1200 in that email Junk folder right now. But I have seen well over 10,000. I do not care for any of the webmail interfaces which is why I have stuck with Thunderbird.
Been a while since I've used Thunderbird, but I liked it.
 

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I started with hotmail and continue to use it for specific things when I know my information will be sold, like my story about the dentist office. I've been getting around 80 junk mails a day lately, and hotmail handles them surprisingly well. I do race through them to be sure I'm not missing a wanted email, but that is rarely the case. I delete them after checking. My other emails almost never get any spam.

A really good, and probably most secure, free email host is Proton, just in case you have a want or need for such an email.
 
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Long ago I used aol online. Then I switched to hotmail and have had that email address for a long time. I've tried gmail off-and-on but currently don't have anything but hotmail.

I should create a gmail account again and be VERY selective about giving out that email address.

I've read where some folks have several different email addresses and only give each to one commercial website. Then they can tell who sold each email address. Not sure what the purpose of that knowledge would be but it might be interesting.
 

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My main is a gmail. They watch everything you do, but I don't particularly care, which makes me a hypocrite. I do value my privacy and my information. I was required to get a Proton account for something, and it really is the one I should be using. Encrypted and designed for those who place privacy and safety at a high level. The only spam I've ever gotten there is from Proton itself. It's free, but they try to sell you other services. It's the trade-off for nerdy free stuff. They don't do it too often, but they do do it.
 

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My main is a gmail. They watch everything you do, but I don't particularly care, which makes me a hypocrite. I do value my privacy and my information. I was required to get a Proton account for something, and it really is the one I should be using. Encrypted and designed for those who place privacy and safety at a high level. The only spam I've ever gotten there is from Proton itself. It's free, but they try to sell you other services. It's the trade-off for nerdy free stuff. They don't do it too often, but they do do it.
So do you use Signal for texting? (I may have asked that some months back. Sorry if I did.)
 

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I do more texting with my phone than talking.

The problem with Signal is that the person on the other end also needs to be using Signal. No one I text uses Signal so I deleted it from my phone. It's a good idea though.
 

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I get several of the McAfee and Norton scams every day, and lately several "Ace Hardware you have won a Stanley tool set" and "Kohl's you have won a ninja grill" scams, Most go to my junk folder but not all. I look at my junk every day because there are some things there I might want, and I clear it most every day. The other day my wife got a text scam, a first for us.
 

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Maybe 12 years back our daughter was still living with us and using our family computer. Something grabbed my email address from it while she was sending emails. I still get emails addressed to her name but going to my email address. What's on the web stays on the web ... forever!
 

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I was off by a couple of days. Since 7/31 I have accumulated 1010 emails in my junk folder and hotmail hasn't deleted any like it says it should at 10 days. (???) That number is a bit ridiculous.
 
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