« Last post by Shades on Today at 08:00 AM »
Whatever else you can say about Google and their services, GMail does have pretty decent mail filtering.
Do you use mail through a web browser or a dedicated mail client?
If you use a dedicated mail client like Outlook, Thunderbird or TheBat, there are extra add-ons available that can "learn" to filter spam from legit mail. These do require some time to "learn", so don't expect to be completely spam-free after you just installed those add-ons, but these do work.
If you use mail through a web browser, you could ask your mail provider to enable spam filters on the mail server you connect to. Depending on the operating system that your mail provider uses, the addition of a spam filter is rather easy and in case of Linux (PostFix) there is a free one available that is pretty efficient. That is the one I use on my own mail server and the amount of spam I receive in my inbox is very low. That is, I receive over 50 mail messages a day and there are maybe 1 or 2 spam messages in that set.
So you must always keep a vigilant eye on spam, regardless of spam filters.
Most mail provider allow you to forward mail to a different mail provider. For example: you could use the spam filtered mail from GMail to forward to a different mail provider with its own spam filter and you can then pick it up with your dedicated mail client, which also has a spam filter add-on. Spam will be virtually non-existent (after the earlier mentioned "learning" period) if you use mail this way. The only disadvantage is that the forwarding of mail won't be instantaneous. How much time passes between mail being forwarded depends on the mail provider and how busy their mail servers are, so it varies. But if you can live with that, it is a quite efficient way to curate your mail messages.