OK, I know that spammers can send email spoofing the “From:” address to make it look like it came from me. But how? How do they gain access to my account to do that? Have I been hacked?
No. You have not been hacked.
“From” spoofing means faking the “From:” address on an email to make it look like it came from you. To do it, spammers don’t need access to your account at all. I’d say that 99.99% of the time it has nothing at all to do with your account, which is quite safe.
They only need your email address.
While your email account and your email address are related, they are not the same thing.
If you’re like me you’ve had your Hotmail email address for years. I’ve had mine for 15 years now.
Many people who have had their Hotmail addresses for a long time find that they’re getting a lot of unwanted email in the form of spam, marketing messages from companies that they once did business with, or even messages from individuals that they no longer wish to receive.
The problem is that there really hasn’t been and isn’t such a thing as “change” when it comes to an email address. You could create a new email address, but that typically creates a new email account. That means everything associated with the old account is lost in the transition: email and contacts as well as additional services like calendars, cloud storage and other items associated with the account. Everything remains in the old account, but the new account – and email address – is starting over with a clean, and empty, slate.
When Hotmail transitioned to Outlook.com as its interface it also added the concept of “aliases”, which solves many of these problems.
I have terminated my Yahoo account. There’s a clause in the form that says that after 90 days my user ID can be made available to others. Does that mean that if someone then snaps up my old user name they could start impersonating me? Would he see everyone on my contact list? Would my old contacts see him and think I was back on-line?
Could that person try and impersonate you? Yes.
Will it be easy? Maybe.
Would that person see everyone on your contact list? No.
This actually applies to all the services, not just Yahoo. The “90 days” part might change, but the basics would still apply.
Leo, my email address is [something] @msn.com. But when a friend sends me an email, they say there is another name next to my email address. It’s very confusing. How can I find this fake name and how can change it to my real name? If you send me an email, you’ll find out what I mean.
Actually, if I send you an email, I probably won’t see what you mean because I don’t think the problem is at your end – or even a problem that you specifically can control.
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.
My friend has had her Gmail address for maybe 5 years. She regularly gets emails, which are sent to that address but are from people whom she has never heard of and who obviously don’t know her. It’s not always the same person. I’ve had my Gmail address for even longer and I’ve never, never had such an occurrence. What’s going on?
This is actually more common than you might think. There are two possibilities: spam and human error.
My daughter is using my email address to purchase goods instead of using her own email address. Is this a dangerous procedure?
It depends on two things: what you think of your daughter and what she thinks of you. 🙂
Now, I’m assuming that we are only talking about your email address and not your credit card. When you are handing over financial information to someone else, even your daughter, that’s a whole other game and a different set of issues.
When we come down to just the email address, things are actually relatively safe, but there are a few risks that you (and she) should keep in mind.
I am finding the new Outlook.com very annoying. How do I find my list of addresses and save a new one? When forwarding, I have to click through a whole load of addresses to get to the ones I want and then, delete the ones that I did not want. It wastes a lot of time.
Outlook.com is the online replacement for Hotmail. It’s unrelated to Microsoft’s Office Outlook email program.
Outlook.com attempts to provide a clean, easy-to-use interface for managing not only your email, but your contacts, calendar, and (with the addition of SkyDrive) your data files as well.
Unfortunately, cleanliness or simplicity only goes so far. You’re not the only one who finds the displayed contacts and email addresses confusing when you compose a new email.
Yahoo! announced that they were releasing email addresses that hadn’t been used in a year. Does that mean I’m going to lose my Yahoo! email address? Why are they doing this anyway?
As long as you’ve logged in to your Yahoo! account recently, you don’t need to worry about losing your Yahoo! email address. If you’re not certain, go log into it now, and you can “reset the clock,” so to speak.
I’m somewhat surprised that Yahoo! felt the need to make an announcement at all. I’m also surprised that some people are upset by this plan.
It’s something that many providers have been doing all along.
And it’s something that you should understand, even if you’ve never touched a Yahoo! account.
I’m receiving email confirmations from some commercial site; some confirmations of orders, etc. From the content of one of these, I know the person’s name and date of birth as well as the fact that they live in England. All of the emails are of the “do not respond” type. I suspect that someone entered their email address incorrectly at some point and would like to inform the intended recipient of the issue so that it can be corrected, but I’m unable to find a contact for them. The last name is the same as mine, which makes it a little bit more complicated.
This is one of those very interesting, but admittedly frustrating problems that we face online almost daily. It’s something that I’ve run into with Ask Leo! and when we were running my wife’s business.
The problem is very simple. When somebody gives you their email address as contact information and they get their own email address wrong, how do you contact them to tell them so?
The bottom line is that unless they’ve given you additional information like a phone number, you can’t.
This question (and variants of it) are incredibly common.
Unfortunately, the answer is rarely simple. Changing an email address often means one thing to the person asking and something very different to the services that provide email. Some services make the change easy(ish).
I’m moving and my new home will have a new ISP. I’ve had my @att.net email address for years, but AT&T doesn’t serve my new location. My new ISP will be Comcast. How do I keep my @att.net email address? I really don’t want to have to change.
You’re probably going to have to change.
I’ll throw out one idea that might let you avoid it if your old ISP allows it, but a) most probably don’t and b) you’re not going to like it either.
Instead, I’ll describe what’s going on and what you should do to make this the first and last time that you need to change your email address.
My MSN Hotmail name is “email@example.com”. I really don’t like the “something”. What I’d really like is to be “firstname.lastname@example.org”. How do
I change it?
This is another one of those seemingly simple questions that I get several times every day.
What you’re asking for is not to change your name, but your email address. Unfortunately, your email address is how MSN Hotmail identifies you. A different email address means a completely different MSN Hotmail account.
The contents of my inbox disappeared! Can I recover?
I’ve received this question more than once about both Outlook and Outlook Express. There isn’t enough information in the questions to pull together “The Answer”, but there are definitely a number of things to look at when your email or the folders containing it disappear without warning.
To answer the question directly: maybe. Depending on what happened your mail, like the truth, may still be out there.