Articles in Category: Email
Email – the most used, most long lived communications medium offered by networks of interconnected computers.
Why Is There So Much Spam?
Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there’s so much spam is simple: spam works.
All the Emails in My Inbox Disappeared! What Do I Do?
I get reports of people who have lost the contents of their inbox. We’ll look at a couple of common causes and resolutions.
Why Do Edits Made to a Document Emailed to Me Disappear?
Changes you’ve made to a document that was emailed to you can easily disappear. Let’s avoid that.
How Can I Send an Attachment If It’s Blocked by the Recipient’s Email Program?
Many email programs try to protect users from malware by blocking certain kinds of attachments. What if you’re sending something that’s legitimate, but blocked?
How Do I Keep My Email Address When I Change My ISP?
It’s possible to have an email address that does not need to change each time you change internet providers.
How Do I Send Anonymous Email?
Don’t send anonymous email from work or home. It takes extra steps to keep from being traced.
I Enabled Two-Factor Authentication and Now My Email Program Can’t Sign In
Two-factor authentication is an important security tool. To access those accounts in some programs, though, you may need an app password.
How Do I Reactivate an Old Email Account?
A closed email account is either waiting for you to reactivate it or is closed for good. The only way to tell is to try.
My Email Is Hacked, How Do I Fix It?
If your email is hacked, there are several steps you need to take to get it back and prevent it from being hacked again.
Recover Your Account Later by Setting Up a Microsoft Recovery Code Now
A recovery code created in advance can help you regain access to your Microsoft account if you get locked out.
How Do I Stop Someone from Emailing Me?
Sometimes you want to keep someone from contacting you. Ignoring them is often simplest, but there are tools to help as well.
Someone’s Sending from My Email Address! How Do I Stop Them?
Email spoofing is rampant. Spammers often send email that looks like it came from you, and there’s little that you can do about it.
What is Last Account Activity in Gmail?
Gmail makes your account activity available to you in case you’re concerned about unauthorized access.
Why Is My Mail to This Person Not Getting Through?
Spam prevention measures have made getting email delivered more difficult. We’ll look at how to maximize the chances your email will make it through.
I’m Drowning in Spam. What Can I Do?
Sometimes it seems like spam is a tidal wave of junk that threatens to make email completely unusable. While you can’t stop spam, you can manage it with a good spam filter.
What For-Pay Email Providers Do You Recommend?
People often use free email providers for critical data only to lose everything when a problem occurs. So what do you look for in a paid email provider?
Could the Microsoft Servers Be Infected?
It’s tempting to blame the mail service for account hacks and vulnerabilities, but in fact that’s rarely the case. Much more likely is that hackers gained access to individual accounts through more traditional means.
Why Am I Getting Spam From Myself?
Getting spam from yourself? We all do. I’ll look at why it happens, what little you can do about it, and something unlikely but important to check.
Be Careful Deleting Email If You Use IMAP
When an email account is configured to use IMAP protocol, it’s easy to accidentally delete more than you realize.
The Frustration of Email Contacts Backup and Transfer
Address book contacts suffer from a lack of standardization, particularly when it comes to synchronizing or transferring between systems.
How Do I Find Out Who Owns an Email Address?
Finding out who owns an email address is difficult at best. There’s little you can do on your own, but if you’re being harassed, law enforcement may help.
How Not to Get Locked Out of Your Microsoft Account While Traveling
I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while traveling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. You can too.
How Do I Get an Email Forward Notification When Someone Forwards My Message?
Several urban legends would have you believe that when you forward an email, it can somehow be tracked. It cannot. Period. I’ll explain why that is.
How Do I Change My Email Address?
Changing an email address involves changing more than just the address. I’ll look at common scenarios and a few additional approaches.
If Someone Hacks My Gmail, Can They Hack My Other Accounts?
If someone has access to your email, they can use that as a starting point to hack your other accounts.
Why Does Email Bounce?
Email can bounce for many reasons. I’ll look at several of the most common email bounce messages and try to interpret what they really mean.
What Are “Less Secure Apps” and Why is My Gmail Not Working?
Google is increasing the security requirements for accessing your Gmail accounts. I’ll review what the change means and the options you have.
How Do I Hide the Email Address I’m Sending Email To?
It’s possible to send email to someone without having their email address show up on the To: or CC: lines by using Blind Carbon Copy, or BCC.
If I Send to a Bad Email Address, Will Someone See It?
People often send email to the wrong address by mistake. But what happens if the email address is invalid?
How Do I Stop Email From Going to Spam?
Train your spam filter to stop emails you want from going to your spam folder.
Why Am I Getting Bounces for Email I Didn’t Send?
Spammers want to send email that looks like it’s coming from someone who can be trusted. They want it to look like it’s coming from you — and you end up getting the bounce notifications.
How Full Is My Hotmail Account?
Microsoft will show you how much space your Hotmail/Outlook.com/Microsoft account is using, if you know where to look.
I Think I’ve Been Phished. Now What?
Phishing is epidemic. Legitimate-looking emails asking for sensitive information are often bogus. Phishing is on the rise, and you need to be aware.
How Secure Is Email?
Email is ubiquitous and convenient, yet surprisingly, not particularly secure. I’ll look at why that is and when you should worry.
I Know My Password Is Right, But I Can’t Sign In. What Do I Do?
If your password won’t work and your secret questions are different, it’s pretty clear what’s happened and what you need to do.
Outlook Keeps Asking for Password — Why?
When your email program starts repeatedly asking you for your password, it’s a sign of a problem. Most of the time, it’s a simple problem.
How Do I Free Up Space in Gmail?
There are several ways to deal with an overflowing Google Drive.
What’s the Difference Between Trash and Junk Folders?
Junk folder, Spam folders, and Trash folders are similar, but they differ in one important respect: training your spam filter.
Why Doesn’t Blocking Email Senders Work?
Most email programs can block email from a specific address. Unfortunately, blocking email from a sender is ineffective when it comes to spam.
How Using BCC Reduces Spam
Using BCC on forwarded email is one way to reduce the amount of spam your recipients might get.
Why Am I Being Asked for Additional Verification on Sign-in?
If Microsoft detects a login attempt to your account from a country other than yours, additional security information may be required. You need to be prepared to provide it.
How Do I View the BCC Recipients on an Email I’ve Received?
“BCC” is a way to send copies of email without all the recipients being visible. But can you still view the BCC’ed?
Can I Have Two Different Email Accounts with the Same Email Address?
Having multiple email accounts with the same email address is not possible, and may reflect a misunderstanding of how addresses and accounts relate.
I’m Suddenly Getting More Spam Emails. Should I Be Worried?
A sudden flood of additional spam is not unusual. I’ll look at why I think it happens, and when I start to worry.
Why Does Email Take So Long to Arrive Sometimes?
Counting on email being almost instant is probably a bad idea. Email is designed to tolerate many delays, and delays do happen.
Will I Lose My Email If I Don’t Check It for a While?
It’s important to check and possibly download your email from time to time so that you won’t lose email, or even the entire account.
Can Someone See Encrypted Email?
Encrypted email cannot be sniffed, but chances are you aren’t using encrypted email. I’ll explain what I mean and what you might want to do.
Can My School See Email I Send and Recieve?
Your school can see email being sent and received across its systems, and there’s no way to know whether or not they’re actually looking.
Can I Stop or ‘Un-send’ an Email I Sent by Mistake?
Once you hit that Send button, you must assume there is no way to stop your email from being sent . . . even if it’s to the wrong person.
7 Signs of Phishing to Watch For
A friend received a fairly convincing phishing attempt. I’ll cover the signs that showed it was bogus.