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Cookies and spam blockers are unrelated settings on a computer. This leaves me guessing what you may be talking about.

About my blockers: When I set my blockers, I can't login to my email. But if I reduce it, my spam and email fill up. I can't win! Can you help?

In this excerpt from Answercast #34, I look at a few settings that could affect logging into email and/or blocking spam.

Internet blockers

To be honest, no.

I can't because I really don't know what kind of blocker you're talking about.

Blocking cookies

If you're talking about cookies, then absolutely. Blocking cookies will prevent you from being able to login to a system.

  • Cookies are almost universally required for a system to remember that you're logged in as you go from page to page on that system.

Cookies are one of the things that, I think, a lot of people get really wrapped up about. They then have this knee-jerk reaction to block all cookies. This is the kind of thing that results from blocking cookies, so if that's what you're doing, dial that back a notch.

Cookies and spam

Unfortunately, cookies aren't going to affect the amount of spam that you get and the amount of email you get.

In fact, I can't think of anything that you could block on your system that would affect the amount of email that you get. This is what leaves me at a loss. So I'm going to need your help to clarify exactly what you're referring to.

Your spam and your email are filling up...?

  • You're getting email whether you're logged in or not.

That seems unrelated to anything that you might be blocking. So like I said, I'm at a loss. I'm not sure what you're talking about.

  • The kinds of things that would affect your ability to login at all...

  • Would not be related to the kinds of things that would affect how much email you do or do not get and how much of it is spam.

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Leo Leo A. Notenboom has been playing with computers since he was required to take a programming class in 1976. An 18 year career as a programmer at Microsoft soon followed. After "retiring" in 2001, Leo started Ask Leo! in 2003 as a place for answers to common computer and technical questions. More about Leo.

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July 18, 2012 8:43 AM

I agree with Leo - simple 'blockers' should not alter what you receive in e-mail, unless something odd is going on (I remember one setting on an old firewall, that blocked "fragments", and played merry heck with the office network).
The situation, however reminds me of the first time security settings turned up in IE6 (i think) - I happily turned all of the setting to 'high' and then couldn't access my hotmail.
The settings for this person's "blocker" could be over-simplified, and increasing the spam filter also increases something else which causes the problem.

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