Articles in Category: Email Providers
The companies and services that provide you your email service – from free services to your ISP to other “emal service providers” as well.
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.
Microsoft continues to confuse us with product names. I’ll clarify the difference between Outlook, Outlook, and Outlook.com, and help you decide which you want.
Deleting is permanent. There’s another option that’s less drastic, includes a safety net, and eventually achieves the same goal.
To avoid running out of space in your Microsoft/Outlook.com account, you can archive email messages to your PC.
It’s possible to use more than one Google account at the same time, though it’s easy to lose track of which one you’re in.
The Outlook.com/OneDrive space limitation has many people looking for ways to download and preserve emails offline.
Like most email programs and interfaces, Gmail hides the administrative information or ‘headers’ in email messages. They’re still easy to view.
It’s easy to transfer Outlook.com contacts to other accounts.
If you want to free up space in your Outlook.com email account by deleting attachments but not their corresponding messages, you’ll need to take extra steps.
Microsoft made a confusing change to how storage is allocated between Outlook.com and OneDrive.
A recovery code created in advance can help you regain access to your Microsoft account if you get locked out.
Gmail makes your account activity available to you in case you’re concerned about unauthorized access.
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?
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.
I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while traveling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. You can too.
Google is increasing the security requirements for accessing your Gmail accounts. I’ll review what the change means and the options you have.
Microsoft will show you how much space your Hotmail/Outlook.com/Microsoft account is using, if you know where to look.
There are several ways to deal with an overflowing Google Drive.
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.
You have many, many choices when it comes to email services. I’ll review what to look for and make a couple of recommendations.
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.
People ask every day how they can reach someone at Microsoft to help with Hotmail and Outlook.com problems. There is help.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Outlook.com, Hotmail, and Microsoft account compromise and loss happens. Here’s how to get your account back varies based on what happened to it.
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.
Free email services and accounts are convenient and ubiquitous, and can be used safely, if and only if you take responsibility for that safety.
Gmail offers a “confidential mode”. It is and it isn’t; learn how it works before you use it.
Like many Microsoft products, Hotmail’s name has changed a time or two and caused a great deal of confusion. I’ll try to make sense of it all.
Two-factor authentication is a powerful way to protect your account. We’ll enable two-factor and take an additional, critical, step to secure it.
Surprisingly, you can still create a hotmail.com email address. I’ll show you how.
If your ISP goes out of business, typically you can no longer access data kept on their equipment. Prevention is really the only cure.
Outlook.com is dropping support for Windows Live Mail 2012. I’ll look at what that really means, and outline some options Microsoft failed to mention.
“I want to close my Hotmail account” is a knee-jerk reaction to many account problems. It’s easy, and I’ll show you how, but it also may be pointless or even harmful.
There is no Hotmail support number. If you find one in search results, it’s not Microsoft. Whether it’s legitimate is up for debate.
Gmail can be used to handle email for almost any email address. I’ll show you how to route your email through Gmail, and why it’s worth considering.
Gmail labels are similar to folders, but with a couple of important differences if you also use a desktop email program to access Gmail.
Outlook.com has added the concept of email address aliases. They serve as a good solution when you want to change your email address.
It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.
It’s easy to get email providers and email programs mixed up. So the first step in setting this up is to understand which does what.
Isolating other sessions in Gmail can become pretty complex. We’ll walk through a number of scenarios.
The answer isn’t going to be too hopeful, though I do have a few small straws you can grasp at.
Web-based email services (such as Yahoo) were never designed to be a default Mail-to program, but there are a few ways to get around that.
Making a new Hotmail or Outlook.com account isn’t as obvious as many think. First, you need to make the option visible – by signing out.
Microsoft has enabled POP3, IMAP, and SMTP access to Outlook.com, and thus to Hotmail accounts. I’ll walk you through the settings.
Yahoo! now supports accessing your Yahoo! Mail account using POP3 and IMAP on your desktop email program or other device.
How to change your Hotmail or Outlook.com password isn’t always obvious, particularly when Microsoft keeps changing the interface. I’ll walk you through how to change your Hotmail password.