emails

Fri
18
Oct
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Yahoo! Mail Users Rage Against New Interface

Yahoo! Mail recently received an extreme makeover that adds colourful themes and a completely new interface. Unfortunately, early reviews are anything but positive. Yahoo unveiled the new look on October 8, 2013, as part of Yahoo! Mail's sixteenth ... anniversary. Over the following week Yahoo slowly unrolled the new look to Mail's 275 million or so users. As a long-time user of Yahoo! Mail, I'll admit that I was initially impressed by the service's new look. It now allows users to choose from a wide range of custom and very colorful themes. The images, most of which feature picturesque ... (view more)

Fri
16
Aug
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Gmail Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy, Google Says

A Google court filing says users of its Gmail service and their contacts have no right to expect privacy. It's a controversial position that will undoubtedly catch the attention of privacy-minded consumers and Google's main rival, Microsoft. The ... filing is a response to a class action lawsuit brought by action group Consumer Watchdog, which has complained about the way Google automatically scans emails and uses the contents to decide which advertisements to show a Gmail user when he or she logs in to the site. The case focuses on Gmail users and the terms and conditions they agree to before ... (view more)

Thu
11
Jul
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'MailDrop' Service Offers Disposable Email Address

Want to access a service that requires an email address but don't want your inbox bombarded with annoying spam messages? Then you may be interested in disposable email address service 'MailDrop'. In essence, MailDrop gives you access to a throwaway ... email address. That's a useful tool for scenarios where you want to try out a new service or learn information about a program or product but don't want to receive a plethora of unnecessary spam emails. MailDrop is especially useful in situations where accessing a program, product, or service requires you send a confirmation message via email. ... (view more)

Mon
31
Dec
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Windows 8: How to Use the Windows 8 Mail App

If you've been stymied by the intricacies of email in Windows 8, you're not alone. An Infopackets subscriber asks: "Dear Infopackets, I just got Windows 8 and am interested in trying out the new Windows 8 Mail program. But I can't figure it out. It ... seems things have changed a lot since I last used Outlook in Windows 7. Do you have any tips on how to use this software properly? Thanks, Brian D." My response: You're right, Brian. Windows 8 Mail is a lot different from Outlook, Windows Live Mail, or any other email client you've used before. But that's not necessarily a bad thing. Microsoft has ... (view more)

Tue
18
Sep
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New Law Would Block Authorities From Reading Emails

A U.S. senator wants to close a legal loophole that allows law enforcement officials to read private emails without first obtaining a warrant. If successful, the change would mean users of webmail services, such as Gmail and Hotmail, will receive ... extra protection against prying eyes. Private email content is currently protected by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act of 1986. However, email usage is far greater today than it was then, and new procedures leave open the opportunity for officials to read private emails in secret. Years ago most email users downloaded their messages, which ... (view more)

Mon
28
Nov
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Experts Warn: Shop Carefully This Cyber Monday

If you missed out on the big deals offered this past Black Friday , then there's a good chance you're looking forward to doing some online shopping today, better known as Cyber Monday. Security experts, however, believe this year could offer an ... unprecedented amount of trouble for online consumers who don't take the proper precautions when shopping online for bargains. "Even more holiday shopping will happen online this year than last, and that means more scammers will be looking to do some shopping of their own -- possibly at your expense," said security expert, Stephen Cobb. (Source: ... (view more)

Fri
25
Nov
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iTunes '$50 Voucher' Email is a Scam

Web users have been warned to watch out for a bogus email claiming to offer vouchers for iTunes as a Black Friday bonus. It's actually malicious software that has been responsible for as much as 60 per cent of current online infections. The emails ... are reportedly coming from the address official@itunes.apple.com , though this is address is fake and may change. Emails have the headline "iTunes Gift Certificate" and contains a text only message claiming that users can get $50 if they use an attached code when making an iTunes purchase. Bogus File Attachment Virus-Laden Unlike many email scams, ... (view more)

Thu
17
Feb
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Hackers Publish 70k Stolen Emails of Security Firm

A week after pro-WikiLeaks hacker organization 'Anonymous' reportedly infiltrated one of the security firms investigating their activity, the group has now published more than 70,000 emails stolen during that initial attack. Some of the messages ... reveal staggering details that could hurt the targeted company's reputation. HBGary Federal is an American security company investigating Anonymous, which late last year admitted responsibility for a series of hacks against major financial institutions, including Visa and MasterCard . All of the targeted institutions had, at the time, recently ... (view more)

Tue
24
Aug
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ISPs Rejecting Millions of Legitimate Emails Daily

Most Internet Service Providers (ISPs) restrict, redirect, or reject inbound emails to save users the time and hassle of having to deal with irrelevant 'junk' messages. However, new studies are showing that a number of ISPs are rejecting millions of ... legitimate emails every day. The problem does not pertain to one-to-one personal messages. Rather, mass marketing emails and communications from sources like social networking sites (and even infopackets.com) are not being delivered to users. The problem is that even though users have specifically requested to receive these emails, the messages ... (view more)

Mon
24
May
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Hotmail Revitalized in Lieu of MS Office 2010 Release

Microsoft recently unveiled a whole new look for its very popular online email service, Hotmail. Heading the list of new features is "Sweep," which automatically prioritizes emails into categories. The Hotmail update is just one part of Microsoft's ... plan to improve all of its Windows Live products over the next several months. Designated Emails Marked with Priority The new Sweep feature automatically designates certain kinds of emails low priority. Think of it like a weekly Best Buy or grocery store flyer; you signed on to the mailing list, but these emails certainly aren't as important as ... (view more)

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