email

What's the difference between IMAP and POP3?

Mike from Portland, MN

Episode 1283

Mike uses Thunderbird with POP3 and wonders if he should use IMAP. He doesn't know anything about it, though. Leo says that Thunderbird is the best email client out there and Leo uses IMAP with it. POP (post office protocol) will download his email and then remove it from the servers. IMAP, by contrast, will allow him to see the email and keep copies of it on the server. This is beneficial because people use more than one computer and mobile phone.

How can I protect myself against phishing scams in email?

Cheryl from Alexandria, VA

Episode 1280

Cheryl wants to know if she can get infected by HTML email. Leo says yes. That's why she has to be careful what links she clicks on. But since she's using an iPad, she's protected. She can't get infected on that. Apple's iOS is very secure. But it's always a good idea to train herself not to click on links. If she gets an email from her bank for instance, she should just go to her browser and go directly to the bank's website.

How can I get into my Verizon Yahoo account?

Bob from Apple Valley, CA

Episode 1277

Bob has Verizon and they recently migrated his email from Yahoo to AOL and they didn't bring over any of the email or the data. And Yahoo won't let him reset his password. Leo says that it's apparently the case that his email had been disabled. The irony is that Verizon may buy Yahoo, and if they do, they'll probably move him back. Bob may also try going directly to Yahoo Mail and logging in that way. He could also try account.yahoo.com and see if he can log in that way.

What will happen to my local mail if I switch to IMAP for my email?

Bob from Detroit, MI

Episode 1256

Bob wants to switch from POP3 to IMAP. What will happen to his email when he does? Leo says that for complete safety, it would be a good idea to create a new email account for it. But chances are, just changing to the new settings won't do anything to it. Leo also says that Outlook supports archiving and he can archive it folder by folder with separate PST files for each folder. Then he can turn on IMAP with no risk. That's the wise thing to do. Always backup before making a major change.

How can I get my Apple Mail to download faster?

David from Bimington, NY

Episode 1252

David bought a used Mac Mini and he is trying to set up his Apple Mailbox. It's not moving the messages over fast enough, though. Leo says that David is trying to store hundreds of thousands of messages and that just takes time to download them. Why do that when he can keep them in the cloud? Also, the new Apple Mail has to reindex the mail and that takes time. This is why Leo is against this proprietary mail format. He prefers open source options like Thunderbird or with GMail.

Could someone else be using my email address as a login for a website?

Don from Hacienda Heights, CA

Episode 1250

Don has to use the US Air Force Website to address issues with his pay, but it says that someone else is using his email address so he can't log in. Leo says that it's likely that somebody else in the database has put in the wrong email address that was strangely similar to Don's. So it has associated his address with the other account and there's really no way to reach the other guy. Leo suggests that Don get in touch with the Air Force tech support and solve it, or ask if he can set up his account with a new email address.