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How to whitelist an email address?

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How to whitelist an email address?
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Did you ever receive a phishing email targeting your crypto holdings?

You probably have if you ever signed up for an airdrop, most of ICOs or if you bought a Ledger Wallet before their customer database got hacked.

The best way to protect yourself from phishing emails is to use strict spam rules in your email client. Most email providers like Gmail or Tutanota will take care of that very well, you don’t need to set up anything.

The side effect is that even legitimate crypto emails usually end up in the spam bin though.

The fix is easy:

  • Whitelist your newsletter email addresses as soon as they send you the subscription confirmation.
  • Leave everything else to fall into the spam folder.

Below is how to mark a sender as safe in Gmail, Apple Mail and Outlook.

How to safelist an email address in Gmail

safelist email address in Gmail

In Gmail, start by adding the sender to your Contacts.

  1. Open an email with the sender you want to safelist
  2. Move the cursor over the From email address
  3. If the address is not in Contacts, Gmail will offer you to add it.
  4. Select Add to Contacts

In most cases, this will be enough to always receive emails from this sender.

Should an email still go to Spam, open it from there and select Report not spam.

How to safelist an email address in Apple Mail

In Apple Mail, safelist the email sender by adding them to Contacts.

  1. Open an email with the sender you want to safelist
  2. Click at the From email address
  3. Select Add to Contacts

How to safelist an email address in Apple Mail

Should an email still go to Junk, open it from there and move it to Inbox.

How to safelist an email address in Outlook

In MS Outlook, safelist the email sender by adding them to Safe Senders List.

  1. Open an email with the sender you want to safelist
  2. Go to the Message tab
  3. Choose Junk > Never Block Sender

Should an email still go to Junk Email folder:

  1. Open the email from Junk Email
  2. Go to the Message tab
  3. Choose Report Message > Not Junk
  4. Confirm the action in the dialog: Report as not junk? > Report
  5. Choose Junk > Never Block Sender
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  • Ledger Nano X hardware wallet for a bigger chunk of your holdings that will accessed only from a [tiered device](/ownbank/).
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