email

Is there an alternative to HTML based mail in the iPhone?

Episode 1444

Marco from Portugal
Apple iPhone X

Marco wants a better email client for his iPhone. He's not a fan of HTML based email. Leo says it's dangerous, but most mail clients including Apple Mail panders to users who want to see pretty pictures. But it's just not as secure. They do prevent loading of images unless you request them, but plain text will always be more secure.

How about a good antivirus for his iPhone? Leo says he doesn't have to worry about viruses in an iPhone or macOS. There haven't been any successful malware attempts on iOS.

Why am I getting a ton of bounced messages from people I don't know?

Episode 1433

Vic from San Diego, CA
Gmail

Vic is bombarded by email addresses that an email can't be delivered. Leo says that Vic's email has been "spoofed" by spammers and that they have been using his in the From address line. The bad news is that there's really nothing he can do about it. The good news is, it usually stops shortly as they move on to another email address to spoof. He can set up a filter to send those emails to the trash and never see them, though. He should use "Mailer Daemon" as the criteria. That's usually what sends the bounced spam message.

How can I create group email lists in Gmail?

Episode 1421

Will from Bradford, PA
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Will's mom works for a Church and she's looking for a way to access groups in Gmail when she creates group emails. She can't do it on her iPad. Leo has a crazy workaround: Create a comma-separated list of emails for a single contact. That single contact then becomes a mailing list. Leo says, however, that using Gmail to maintain the groups is not the best option, because it could be viewed as a spam mail. So Leo suggests a mailing list management service like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp.

Has my email been hacked?

Episode 1413

Joe from Covina, CA
Hacker

Joe gets emails from his brother and vice versa telling them to go to another site. Leo says that's a phishing scam using spam to do it. It's likely that the return address has been spoofed. We've seen this happen often with users of Yahoo mail.

ScooterX in the chatroom says that whoever clicks on the link in the email sends the same email to others in their contact list. So it may be that both have clicked on that link and sent it out.

What's wrong with my email?

Episode 1410

Cheryl from Berlin, WI
Font

Cheryl is having issues typing a comma in her web email. It changes to a symbol for some reason. Leo says it sounds like a typeface or font problem. It's probably damaged and can't find the comma, so it inserts something else. She should try changing the default fonts in her browser settings to another default font. Leo suspects that her ISP is sending a corrupted font. So she'll have to take it up with them.

Why can't I access my email?

Buzz from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1399

Buzz is having a problem with 2 factor authentication on Apple's Mail app. He is able to input his password, but it won't take it. Leo says that Apple should create an authenticator program that can be used to verify user identity that can then be texted to him. That way, he's protected. If he's having trouble with it, Apple is really the only one that can solve the issue. It may be that his password has been changed and he forgot.

Why am I getting email bounced back?

Bob from Vista, CA

Episode 1395

Bob keeps getting a bounce back notice when he sends an email to a friend, but the return address is from someone he doesn't know. Leo suspects that the autocomplete feature of Bob's email program is adding the address because it was from a previous email that included it. But the original email address may have added a filter to forward it to a friend and it's bouncing not only from Bob's friend, but also to Bob. In that case, there's nothing Bob can do but ask his friend to fix it.