Whitelist procedures are
quite simple once you know what to do for your particular email program. But how many people actually know how to
whitelist an email?
When someone wants to
start sending you ongoing emails, a few of them might mention that you should
whitelist their email address so their emails get through.
Then they’ll usually say
something like “check with your email provider to see how to whitelist your incoming
I started thinking about
this and realized how few people are really going to do this? How many people are going to take the time to
check with their email provider for those whitelist procedures?
The idea of whitelisting
is that you take action to add senders of legitimate emails … emails you want
to receive … to an “Approved” or “Safe Sender” list. This’ll ensure that you continue to receive
This kind of reminds me of
the telemarking industry prior to the invention of the cell phone. Remember those days? Maybe you’re too young but I’m not.
If you’re old enough to
have experienced this, didn’t it seem like your phone was constantly ringing? Call after call from telemarketers.
It got to where our family
wouldn’t answer our phone. We’d let it
go to the answering machine so we could screen all the calls.
Then national legislation
was initiated that allowed us to enter phone numbers into a database … a
no-call list … which halted these calls.
For a time, the only calls we received were the ones we wanted to. At least in theory.
Well, that’s kind of how
this works. In theory, you only receive
emails from the people that you whitelist.
Of course, that’s not actually what happens. Most of them get through anyway.
But by whitelisting the
ones you want, you can make sure that the ones you do want make it into your
I’d like to give the people at www.whatcounts.com all the credit for compiling these whitelist procedures listed below.
1. AOL Mail
2. Apple Mail
6. Mac Mail
8. Mozilla Thunderbird for PC and Mac
10. Windows Live Hotmail
11. Yahoo! Mail
12. IOS Devices – Ipad, IPhone, Ipod Touch1.
13. Android Devices – Samsung, Google Nexus.