Articles in Category: Email
Email – the most used, most long lived communications medium offered by networks of interconnected computers.
A sudden flood of additional spam is not unusual. I’ll look at why I think it happens, and when I start to worry.
Counting on email being almost instant is probably a bad idea. Email is designed to tolerate many delays, and delays do happen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A friend received a fairly convincing phishing attempt. I’ll cover the signs that showed it was bogus.
It’s not uncommon to get unexpected email sent to an email address similar to your own. I’ll review why that is and what to do about it.
“Mailbox unavailable” is a common email bounce message that tells us very little. I’ll review some of the more common causes of “mailbox unavailable”.
Emailing large attachments is typically a bad idea, as your mail may not be delivered. I’ll look at alternatives.
If you’re not getting spam now, you will soon — and probably lots of it. What can you do? There’s no magic answer, but there are various things you can do to help.
When changing email providers, old email can be difficult to move. I’ll look at some of the options.
It’s not uncommon to get account-recovery requests for accounts we know nothing about. Here’s why, and what to do.
Mobile numbers are an important component of Hotmail and Outlook.com security. I’ll review how to change the mobile number and keep it up to date.
This is all about the many ways your computer tries to make your life easier. Sometimes it tries just a little too hard.
When a legitimate email sender doesn’t respond to an “unsubscribe” request, they’re no longer legitimate. Here’s what to do.
You have many, many choices when it comes to email services. I’ll review what to look for and make a couple of recommendations.
The “Report Spam” and “Junk” buttons serve an important function in the war against spam. However, used improperly they can do more harm than good.
Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft and more.
Outlook.com tries to make entering email addresses quicker, easier, and less error-prone by offering a variety of suggestions when you compose email. I’ll look at how those interact and how you can control some of what happens.
It’s no fun to write a long email and lose it. Here’s how that happens and a few ways to avoid it.
Configuring a PC-based email program to use IMAP and have it constantly download email as a backup is a reasonable way to go.
What’s the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?
Terminology around email can be confusing. I’ll review some common and important terms.
Some documents are sensitive enough to warrant encryption to protect the contents. How do you email them?
People ask every day how they can reach someone at Microsoft to help with Hotmail and Outlook.com problems. There is help.
When you use a desktop email program, it’s possible for the inbox on your PC to be empty, but the inbox on your email service provider to be full.
To unsubscribe or not to unsubscribe: that is the question. The answer depends on how you got there.
Accidentally clicking a phishing link might be benign if you catch it soon enough. If not, you may need to take recovery actions to save your account and/or machine.
Closing an email account is many people’s first reaction to seeing spam sent from their account. It rarely helps, if it’s even possible. I’ll explain.
That old account you lost probably won’t come back to haunt you, but it’s wise to take some action and keep your guard up.
Sending anonymous email ranges from easy to complex, depending on the likelihood of someone going the extra mile to identify you.
Using a desktop email program to back up email avoids potential data loss. I’ll show you how using Outlook.com and Thunderbird as examples.
It used to be that simply viewing a malformed email could allow a virus to spread. Thankfully, that’s no longer the case with modern mail programs.
When an email message comes back to you because of a problem, exactly who did or did not get the message can be confusing.
“Permanently deleted” email may or may not be recoverable. Depending on the situation and motivation, that email could come back to haunt or help you.
Pictures in email don’t always display. The reasons are varied and confusing, but I’ll review the three most common causes of problems and what you need to do.
You can lose your account, and everything in it, if you don’t sign in often enough. Here’s how often you need to, and other ways to protect yourself.
It’s not only impossible to prevent email from being forwarded; you can’t even prevent that forward from being altered, forged or defaced.
Email and texting usually works, but when it doesn’t, there’s just no way to tell if someone has blocked you.
Spammers want to send email that looks like it’s coming from someone who may be trusted. They want it to look like it’s coming from you — and you end up getting the bounce notifications.
Your recovery email address is easy to overlook and forget, but it can be critical to regaining access to a compromised account. Here’s what you need to do.
If your email is hacked, there are several steps you need to take to fix it and prevent it from being hacked again.
Email headers are geeky magic, but understanding a few can help identify spam and diagnose some email problems.
It can be extremely difficult to find the email address of someone you want to contact. To begin with, they must want to be found.
How Do I Get Rid of Gmail Tabs? How to Regain Control and Find the Email Gmail Might Be Hiding From You
Gmail introduced a tabbed interface to automatically categorize email messages. Since their categorization often misses the mark, let’s turn it off.
Microsoft continues to confuse us with product names. I’ll clarify the difference between Outlook and Outlook.com, and help you understand which you want.
Spammers use many techniques to slide their garbage into your inbox. BCCing you on messages is a common way.
If your password won’t work and your secret questions are all different, it’s pretty clear what’s happened and what you need to do.
Is There an Email Service that Doesn’t Require a Phone Number? My Recommended Approach, and Alternatives
There are legitimate reasons for not wanting to give your phone number to an email service. Let’s look at alternatives.