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.

Password Frustration

What are my Hotmail and Outlook.com Account Recovery Options?

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.

Outlook.com

How Do I Contact Outlook.com Customer Service?

People ask every day how they can reach someone at Microsoft to help with Hotmail and Outlook.com problems. There is help.

Are free email services worth it?

Are Free Email Services Worth It?

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's Confidential Mode Isn't

Gmail’s Confidential Mode Isn’t

Gmail offers a “confidential mode”. It is and it isn’t; learn how it works before you use it.

Hotmail

What’s the Difference Between Hotmail.com, Msn.com, Live.com and Now Outlook.com?

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.

Enabling Google Two-Factor Authentication

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.

Outlook.com home

Can I Still Get a Hotmail Email Address?

Surprisingly, you can still create a hotmail.com email address. I’ll show you how.

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My ISP Went Under; How Do I Recover My Email and Email Address?

If your ISP goes out of business, typically you can no longer access data kept on their equipment. Prevention is really the only cure.

Recovery Code

Recover Your Microsoft Account Later by Setting Up a Recovery Code NOW

A recovery code created in advance can help you avoid losing access to your Microsoft account. I’ll show you how to create a recovery code.

Microsoft: Help Us Protect Your Account

How Not To Get Locked Out of Your Microsoft Account While Traveling

I tried to get locked out of my Microsoft account while travelling. I couldn’t. Why? I’d prepared. Prepare properly so you won’t get locked out.

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How Do Outlook and Outlook.com Relate?

Even though they share similar names and do similar things, Outlook and Outlook.com are actually not related at all.

Microsoft's Outlook and Windows Live Mail 2012 message

4 Alternatives for Windows Live Mail and Outlook.com

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.

Outlook.com Close Account link

How do I close my Hotmail or Outlook.com account?

“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.

Protect Your Microsoft Account

How Do I Change the Mobile Number Associated with My Hotmail Account?

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.

Hotmail Support Search Results

I searched and found a Hotmail support number, but is it legit?

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.

Route Your Email Through Gmail

How Do I Route My Email through Gmail?

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.

Labelled Email

How Do Gmail Labels Relate to Folders?

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 Manage Aliases Link

Change Your Hotmail or Outlook.com Email Address With An Alias

Outlook.com has added the concept of email address aliases. They serve as a good solution when you want to change your email address.

Outlook.com recovery fail

How Do I Get into My Outlook.com Account If I Don’t Have the Recovery Phone or Email?

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.

Gmail change password dialog

How Do I Change My Gmail Password?

It’s not necessarily obvious where Google/Gmail hides the “Change Password” functionality. I’ll walk you through it.

Folder List

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 an email provider?

Microsoft account activity

Why Do I See Lots of Failed Login Attempts on My Account?

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.

Google

How Do I Copy Email from Outlook to Gmail?

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.

Gmail open in one other location

Why Do I Always Have to Sign Out Other Sessions in Gmail?

Isolating other sessions in Gmail can become pretty complex. We’ll walk through a number of scenarios.

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How can I get my lost Hotmail emails back?

The answer isn’t going to be too hopeful, though I do have a few small straws you can grasp at.

Yahoo! Mail

Why Can’t I Set Yahoo! as My Default Mail Program?

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.

Outlook.com signed out

How Do I Make a New Hotmail Account? Or Outlook.com Account?

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.

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What Are Outlook.com’s IMAP, POP3, and SMTP Settings?

Microsoft has enabled POP3, IMAP, and SMTP access to Outlook.com, and thus to Hotmail accounts. I’ll walk you through the settings.

Yahoo! Mail

What are Yahoo’s IMAP, POP3, and SMTP settings?

Yahoo! now supports accessing your Yahoo! Mail account using POP3 and IMAP on your desktop email program or other device.

Outlook.com Only suggest people in my contact list

How Do I Use and Clear Outlook.com Contacts and Auto-complete Suggestions?

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.

Microsoft account summary

How do I change my Hotmail or Outlook.com password?

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.

Outlook Print Message in Google Chrome

How Do I Print Hotmail Messages Without the Ads?

The trick is to print the email itself and not the page showing in your browser. I’ll show you how.

Gmail Add Account Link

How Can I View Two Different Email Accounts at Once in a Browser?

From multiple browsers to native support, there are a few ways to have multiple browser-based email accounts open at once. I’ll review the most common.

How Do I Change My Hotmail or Outlook.com Password If I Forgot It?

Forgot your Hotmail password? Your Outlook.com password? There are a couple of ways to regain access to your account. Using recovery information you set up originally, or information you can remember about the account, I’ll show you how to go about getting your account back.

Gmail tabs dialog

How Do I Get Rid of Gmail Tabs?

Google recently introduced a tabbed interface to access automatically categorized email messages. If that’s not for you, I’ll show you how to turn that off.

Yahoo! Mail

How Do I Get a New Mail Notification for Yahoo! Mail?

The first thing to understand is the difference between an online program (such as the Yahoo website) and a program running locally on your computer. Then I can point you in the right direction.

Why do I keep getting a CAPTCHA?

Most of these major email providers are doing what I would call behavioral analysis. They’re looking for signals that indicate spam and then posting a CAPTCHA.

Outlook.com email forwarding

How do I automatically forward Hotmail in Outlook.com?

It’s now fairly easy to automatically forward Hotmail and Outlook.com messages to another email account. I’ll walk you through the steps.

Yahoo! Mail

What Does It Mean that Yahoo! Is Releasing Email Addresses?

Yahoo! recently announced that they were planning to “recycle” unused email addresses. I’ll explain what that means, why it’s important, and what you need to do.

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How Do I Print an Email in Outlook.com (Formerly Hotmail)?

It’s not that difficult to print an email in Outlook.com, it just takes looking in what is probably an unfamiliar place for former Hotmail users.

Other Services from Microsoft

How do I open an .isc file in Outlook.com?

Outlook and Outlook.com are two different and unrelated programs. But once we get past a possible typo, they can both handle ics, not isc, files.

Do Gmail Preview Images Pose a Security Risk?

Gmail occasionally includes preview images of attachments that are included with an email. Rather than being an additional risk, when present, these preview images can help keep you safer.

Hacker

How Do I Find the IP Address of the Person Who Created a Gmail Account in My Name?

It’s not going to be easy. Only law enforcement has the ability to get full IP address information. The curious thing is, how do you have access to the email?

Should I Be Worried about the “Open in Other Locations” Message from Gmail?

This is an interesting feature in Gmail. When you’re traveling, it’s kind of fun to see where Gmail thinks you’ve been accessing it from.

Email Envelope

How Do I Keep My Email Address When I Switch ISPs?

Changing your email address is hard and keeping your ISP-provided email is nearly impossible. I’ll look at making this the last change that you’ll ever need.

How do I change my Hotmail alternate email address?

Your alternate email address is critical should you forget your password or lose access to your Hotmail account. I’ll show you how to set or change it.

How Do I Change My Hotmail Name or Address?

Changing your Hotmail address is not possible, but you can set up a new account.

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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.

Outlook.com new email domains

How Do I Contact Hotmail Customer Service?

Being a free service, Hotmail’s customer serice isn’t as extensive, or as
immediate, as that of a full featured mail or ISP service you might pay for.

Outlook Express Must Die

How do I move my Outlook Express folders to my new machine?

Moving Outlook Express folders from one machine to another isn’t obvious. Moving Outlook Express folders involves finding them, copying them, and importing them. And then there’s the address book.