How Do I Copy Email from Outlook to Gmail?

//
I would like to copy all folders in Outlook 2003 to my Gmail account as I’m going to change from XP to Windows 7 soon. I’ve not been able to do this so far although I’ve successfully copied Contacts. In view of the expiration date of XP being soon, this could be a very useful article for a lot of people. Could you please give step-by-step-instructions for how to do this?

There are a couple of possible confusions in this question. Copying existing email to Gmail can be a very useful thing. I’ve done it myself. But I want to make sure you know exactly what it means.

Read moreHow Do I Copy Email from Outlook to Gmail?

Is It Safe to Stay Logged in to My Password Vault?

//
I have and use KeePass with Windows 7. I open KeePass in the morning and I leave it open all day. Does this make it unnecessary for malware to determine my KeePass password in order to see my password file? Is keeping KeePass open a security risk? 

This is an interesting scenario and the answer really boils down to “it depends”.

I use LastPass, a KeePass equivalent. I keep it logged in all day …. and again, I don’t.

Read moreIs It Safe to Stay Logged in to My Password Vault?

Can’t We Just Spam the Spammers to Death?

I received a rather lengthy question that mentioned a specific service that claims to turn the tables on spammers either by spamming them back or by somehow using the content of their spam messages in an attempt to harm them in some way… or at least annoy the heck out of them.

Now as much as spam angers us, besides ultimately being ineffective, vigilante justice just isn’t the answer.

Read moreCan’t We Just Spam the Spammers to Death?

How Do I Get a Recipient’s Email Address and Name to Show in the To: Line?

//

I’ve noticed sometimes when I get an email from someone who used a distribution list, that everyone’s actual name along with their email address is displayed in the “To” field. I’ve noticed this from friends who use MSN and AT&T though I’m not sure about Yahoo and Gmail and so forth.

Seeing all the recipients’ actual names along with their email addresses tells me who they actually are when I might not be able to tell from some other cryptic email addresses. Now I know I can set up my mail so that my name appears as the “send” instead of my email address, but how can I have all my note recipients’ actual names, along with their email addresses, always be displayed in the “To” field? All my contacts have their first and last names in the appropriate fields in my Contacts list. But is there another field in AOL that will allow me to do that?

I’m not exactly sure whether you’re asking about the “To” line in email that you receive, or in email that you send. The answer is actually quite different depending on which it is – and I’ll touch on that, and email addressing in general.

Though I will throw out the caveat that I’m not very strong on AOL. So if things don’t work the way I describe with your AOL email client, you may need to actually ask AOL for some help.

Read moreHow Do I Get a Recipient’s Email Address and Name to Show in the To: Line?

Why do you prefer Macrium Reflect over Windows 7’s backup program?

//
Is Macrium Reflect superior to the disk imaging utility included with a 32-bit version of Windows 7? And if so, in what regard?

To begin with, I wouldn’t call Windows 7’s backup program a disk imaging program exactly. Yes, it can create what we would call an image backup. But the term “disk imaging utility” really implies, to me, a lot more functionality than the Windows 7 backup program actually has.

While the Windows 7 backup program is perhaps the first utility built into Windows that meets what I consider the bare minimum necessary for a backup program, I definitely prefer solutions like Reflect.

Read moreWhy do you prefer Macrium Reflect over Windows 7’s backup program?