Articles in Category: Email
Email – the most used, most long lived communications medium offered by networks of interconnected computers.
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.
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.
Over-aggressive spam filtering can cause email newsletters and other messages to fail to appear in your inbox. I’ll look at why that is, and three steps you can take to improve the situation.
What’s the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?
Terminology around email can be confusing, and lead to incorrect answers to misstated questions. I’ll review some common and important terms.
Can I Recover Deleted Emails in Gmail I Deleted Three Years Ago? How to Side-step this Issue in the Future
Email deleted “a long time ago” can be impossible to recover from the provider and difficult to recover from anywhere else.
After an online account is deleted, the ID or email address is eventually made available for re-use. It’s the same name but a different owner, and that can confuse people.
When you delete an account, the provider may not keep its contents in case you want to reactivate the deleted account. I have an alternative suggestion.
If the time on your Outlook.com messages is wrong by hours, you may need to correct the time zone in your Microsoft account profile.
If your account is ever part of a breach, secure your account to avoid further risk.
It’s frustrating when email previously marked as “not junk” continues to get sent to the Junk folder. It may be due to a hidden email address you don’t normally see. I’ll show you how to expose it and what to do with it.
Outlook.com defaults to showing dark gray text instead of black. There’s no setting to change it, but I’ll describe a couple of straws to grasp at.
The Windows 10 Mail program supports multiple email accounts, so I’ll show you how to add one.
When your email is suddenly accessed from a new location, it could mean someone other than you is trying to log in. Email providers like Outlook.com watch for this.
There is no support phone number for major free services. So what’s up with the phone numbers in search results?
“From” spoofing is how spammers send email that looks like it comes from you that you had nothing at all to do with. I’ll look at how it’s done.
Even though most of us might never fall for it, the reason there’s so much spam is simple: spam works.
When email you send bounces, that can mean many things. If a reply to that same person works, there’s almost certainly a problem with the email address you’re sending to.
Most of us aren’t able to access emails we’ve deleted, but that doesn’t mean someone at the email provider can’t.
Being over quota means you’ve received or kept too much email. To deal with it, you need to understand where that email is being kept.
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. How to get your account back varies based on just what was stolen. I’ll review different scenarios.
If you send email to an invalid address or a closed account, usually you’ll get a bounce back. Usually. But you cannot count on bounces.
Determining the IP address of an email sender is difficult at best, and usually impossible. Sometimes you get lucky.
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.
Phishing is a way scammers trick you into providing your personal and financial details. Phishing opens the door to identity theft, and more.
It can be surprisingly hard to tell if an email account has been hacked, especially when hackers cover their tracks. I’ll show you a couple of possible signs.
A scam claims your email account has been hacked, possibly even including a password you’ve used. Don’t be fooled.
If you don’t have access to your account recovery phone number or alternate email address, there is a process you can go through to regain access to your account — maybe.
Reporting spam in your email program with the spam button is critical. Reporting it by forwarding it somewhere isn’t going to do any good.
We are all under constant attack. I’ll show you how to look at your Outlook.com recent activity and review why it might be full of failed login attempts.
Anonymity on the internet is really, really hard. Some of the practices we might use to stay anonymous could still be leaking identifiable, traceable information.
It can be a challenge to delete multiple emails. I’ll look at some of the concepts and techniques used by various email programs to make it easier.
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.