Everyone hates it when their email gets cluttered with a bunch advertisements, notices and malicious spam. Email already takes up a huge chunk of our time, without having to also go through and delete a bunch of spam messages every day. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the amount of spam coming to your inbox by remembering these five tips.

1. Have Two Email Addresses

Many websites require an email address to set up an account for a service or to make a purchase. Unfortunately, some of these sites do not have a good privacy policy in place and may even sell your information to spammers. In order to avoid any spam messages from these sites or spammers they may give your address to, create a separate email account to use for any sites you create an account with. This way your personal email will be free from all of those promotional emails or other spammy messages, and you can simply ignore the account that all of those types of messages are sent to.

2. Turn Off Social Media Notifications

We sign up to receive certain notifications from sites like Facebook or LinkedIn because we think they will help us to stay engaged and respond to messages right away, but the reality is these messages quickly fill up our inbox and are generally just deleted or ignored. Instead, turn off notifications from these sites and get caught up on what’s happening when you actually login to the network. Any messages you have received will still be waiting for you there when you do.

3. Avoid Giving Out Your Email Address

Many spammers gather email addresses by scanning chat sites or other public forums where people post their email addresses. Avoid placing your email address on sites like this and always check the privacy policy if the site requires an email address. You are probably better off not using a site that refuses to protect your privacy. In addition, don’t place your email address on a social media page or personal blog unless you want to start receiving a ton of messages from it.

4. Never Respond to a Spam Message

Many times spammers are not aware that the email addresses they are sending to are actually active. However, if you respond to one requesting that the emails stop, that will confirm the email is legitimate, and the spammer will only start sending more emails. Be especially wary of any emails claiming to be from a bank or other trusted institution that are requesting that you respond with personal information. If you wish to verify the email, call the institution from a phone number you have on a bank statement or listed on the company’s website. Don’t call the number listed in the email. In addition, do not send charitable contributions through email either, as these are often scams.

5. Use a Spam Filter

Finally, make sure to turn the spam filter on. Most email providers offer a spam filter, but if yours doesn’t, consider making a switch to one that does. Spam filters will automatically grab spam mail and put it in a separate folder that you can scan through every once in a while and then delete all at once. These filters won’t pick up everything, especially newsletters or notifications that you signed up for, but it will help to ensure a secure web gateway by picking up those that carry viruses or are phishing for your email.