E-mail aliases can be used to protect your primary account, making it harder for spammers and other people to send you e-mails you don't want. Outlook.com comes with support for up to 10 aliases, which you can change yearly. If you've reached the maximum number of aliases or need to provide one in a hurry, you can also use "+" addressing.
Facebook announced Monday that it's getting rid of its @facebook.com e-mail service.
E-mail service, you say? Yes, the social network actually had a service for e-mail addresses that users could get when they signed up -- not to be confused with Facebook Messages, Chat, or Messenger. Very few people actually used the service, according to the social network, hence, its retirement.
A Facebook spokesperson told CNET that the social network has started notifying people who use their @facebook.com e-mail accounts that the "feature is changing."
Now, when someone sends an e-mail to a Facebook address, … Read more
There are lots of ways to "clip" a Web page.
For example, you can use Pocket to deliver a nicely formatted mobile version of a page to your phone or tablet, great for content you want to read later. And you can use Evernote to save a page to a digital file cabinet, ideal for organizing and managing stuff you want to keep or share.
But what if you want to e-mail a Web page to yourself? Sure, most browsers have a "save page" option, but that's not the same thing. Rather, there are times … Read more
When you signed up for a new Web e-mail account, you probably filled out your account profile and entered your real name. When you send e-mails with that account, your real name is displayed in the From: field of the e-mail header.
You may, however, want to change your name so that only your first name is displayed for privacy reasons, or use a completely different name just for fun. All three of the major Web e-mail providers (Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Outlook.com) offer a way to change your name.Gmail
Step 1: Click on the gear icon, then … Read more
I opened my eyes a touch reluctantly this morning and began to read my e-mails in bed.
It was raining outside and the fog was thicker than "War And Peace."
Microsoft, however, wanted to cheer me up. It sent me an e-mail with the subject line: "You deserve something better."
"How sweet," I thought. "I'm not sure I actually deserve something better, but, you know, if you're offering, why would I not listen?"
I eagerly opened the e-mail and then recoiled a touch. For there was a picture of a … Read more
One of the problems that some people have experienced after upgrading to OS X Mavericks is the inability to read new e-mail messages in Apple's included Mail e-mail client. While the program runs fine in most respects, for some e-mail providers the program appears to check for messages only when Mail is first opened, and then no longer does so until Mail is closed and re-opened.
This bug may have you frustratingly quitting and re-opening the program frequently to check for your e-mail. While Apple has not offered any details regarding the bug, it has acknowledged the issue in … Read more
You almost got me, you crafty little phisherman.
The subject line of the e-mail referenced "your Apple ID." The body mentioned my credit card and how it had just been "updated." A quick scan of the rest caused momentary alarm. My credit card? I didn't make any changes to my credit card or my Apple account.
Then my morning coffee -- and common sense -- kicked in. Upon closer inspection, I recognized this e-mail for what it was: an attempt to infiltrate my computer and steal some personal information. In other words, a hacker doing … Read more
"It's not as if government surveillance is absolutely bad in all cases."
Oh, that's a relief. With all the revelations over the last months, I'd begun to wonder.
Thankfully, with these words (and others), Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates tried to offer some reassurance to those thinking of moving to some distant private island as a form of escape.
Speaking to Jorge Ramos on Fusion TV, Gates said he believed it was possible to find a balance between security and privacy, though he didn't offer what that magical formula might be.
However, he does seem … Read more
As regular readers know, I'm a big fan of ditching Microsoft's pricey Office suite in favor of cheap -- or, better, free -- alternatives. My top pick at the moment remains Kingsoft Office 2013.
Of course, when you switch to Kingsoft, OpenOffice, or another suite, you're giving up one of Microsoft Office's most valuable assets: Outlook. Without it, how are you supposed to manage your contacts, calendars, and, most importantly, e-mail? (Snark answer: In the cloud, of course.)
Alas, freebie mail clients are few and far between. Perennials Thunderbird and Windows Live Mail have their merits, … Read more
Celebrating what it says is "National Clean Out Your Inbox Week," Microsoft has added a few updates to Outlook's e-mail de-cluttering and organizing tools. Besides enhancing its Sweep to delete feature, the e-mail service has also upgraded ways to categorize and search for messages, along with other improvements.
Microsoft notes that average Outlook users get more than 10,000 personal e-mails a year and 80 percent of these are commercial e-mail, like newsletters, promotions, or updates. So, the company has aimed to make tools that let users more easily access the 20 percent of personal e-mails.
One … Read more