What is a whitelist ?
A whitelist is a list of e-mail addresses or domain names from which an e-mail blocking program will allow messages to be received. E-mail blocking programs, also called a spam filters, are intended to prevent most unsolicited e-mail messages (spam) from appearing in subscriber inboxes.
But these programs are not perfect. Cleverly crafted spam gets through, and a few desired messages are blocked. Most Internet users can tolerate the occasional unsolicited e-mail advertisement that a spam filter misses, but are concerned by the thought that an important message might not be received. The whitelist option is a solution to the latter problem. The list can be gradually compiled over a period of time, and can be edited whenever the user wants.
Here are simple instructions on how to ensure that future emails get delivered straight to the inbox, in some of the most popular email clients:
Apple Mail (OS X and iOS devices)
=> Adding Senders to contacts both Apple mail on OSX and mail on iOS devices have a similar process.
- By selecting the From, or Reply-to on an email message, you can choose to "Add to Contacts", or "Add to VIPs".
- The advantage of "Add to VIPs" is that future emails from this sender will be added to a special VIP mailbox in iOS Mail.
- An alert message will appear at the header of the message "Click here to download pictures...".
- Click this and select, "Add Sender to Safe Senders list":
- Under the alert message "Parts of this message have been blocked for your safety." click the link with, "I trust firstname.lastname@example.org. Always show content":
- A "+" symbol should display next to From and the sender's name.
- Select this and an "Add to contacts" pop-up should appear. Select "Save":
Gmail (Webmail and mobile)
It's a 2 step process to recieve all future emails from a sender to appear in the "primary" tab
- Drag-and-drop the email message from beneath the tab it's currently filed under, to the "Primary" tab:
- Gmail on mobile devices doesn't provide a way to prioritize messages. However, touching "Show images", then "Always show images from Sender" will ensure that images always display in the inbox:
Android (Default client)
- Open the email message and touch the picture of the sender that displays before the message. Touch "Add to Contacts".
Windows Live Desktop
- An alert in the preview pane with, "Some images in this message are not shown." will display. Select the link, "Add to Safe Senders list".
- select the sender's From name under the email's subject line and select "Add Contact" from the drop-down menu, in the preview pane for an opened email message.