email

Why can't I log into my email?

Howard from Murrieta, CA

Episode 1382

Howard got a used computer from work and he's getting a popup when he checks into his email asking for his user name and password on Gmail. If he replies, it doesn't take it and he gets a note from Google someone has his password.

Leo says that two factor authentication could solve this, but he should clear out all his settings. There may be an Exchange server still attached for the email settings in Outlook. Leo also says to check his date and time. It's possible that the time and date is not accurate since it's an older computer and that's causing an issue.

Why is my email so poorly formatted?

Larry from Altadena, CA

Episode 1369

Larry has an android phone and sometimes he gets an email message that comes out vertically, rather than horizontally. Leo says that sounds like a bad html format. Leo suggests trying another Gmail app called Inbox. Leo likes it better anyway. If it's not happening there, then it's fixed. If it is, then look in your accessibility settings. It could also be so many indents from replying that it's causing bad formatting.

What mail program should I use on my Mac?

Episode 1366

Chris from Miami, FL
Apple Mail

Chris doesn't like the Mac Mail app, and PGP tends to screw things up. Leo has been making PGP keys since 2005, but when he made them, he didn't keep track of the revocation password or get a revocation certificate so he can't revoke old keys. It's always best to use the most recent key. The way to verify that encrypted email with Leo works is by going to his website at leolaporte.com and checking the PGP link, which is his most current key. PGP doesn't work with the updated macOS Sierra Mail app, though.

Is email secure enough for sending sensitive information?

Episode 1353

Vernon from Pennsylvania
Email on iPhone

Vernon was told by his insurance company that they would be sending him documents via email, and the first two times, he didn't receive it. The third time they sent it, it arrived. They told him the document was encrypted, but he could put anything in the password field to open it. He's now concerned that his personal information could be out in the wild.

If I opened an email I didn't know, could I be hacked?

Ann from Studio City, CA

Episode 1350

Ann got an email notification from Yahoo in her inbox. She had a hunch it was bogus but didn't do anything with it. Can she still get hacked if she opens it but doesn't click on any links? Leo says that a bad guy has to get her to run a program. Leo says that opening the email is relatively harmless, so long as she doesn't click on any links.

How can I tell a phony email from a legitimate one?

Michael from Newcastle, PA

Episode 1347

Mike wants to know how to tell a real email from a phishing email. Leo says to hover over any link that would send him to a website, and see if the link is legitimate. He should never click on it. If it says to install something, or even asks for a credit card, don't do it. That's usually the first sign of an intent to do something nefarious.

Why does Cox delete my email?

Pam from Orange County, CA

Episode 1338

Pam's internet and email is with Cox, but Cox only keeps mail on the server for more than a month and it keeps disappearing. Leo recommends going with Gmail instead. They don't have a time limit and she can have it grab her email from her existing account. It makes it a much better option. Also, Cox is using IMAP for email, and that's why they're taking the email off. She could set her email for POP and it will download all the email to her computer. FastMail is another option.

How can I send out thousands of emails?

Honor from Long Beach, CA

Episode 1335

Honor is running for state senate and she can't send more than a few thousand emails at a time. Leo says that's because ISPs assume she's a spammer. She'll need a service like Constant Contact or Mail Chimp. SendGrid is another option. The issue is cost, though, and these services will charge her. SendGrid will charge her $200 a month to send 100,000 emails.