email

How can I access my email from multiple devices?

Carlos from Hemet, CA

Episode 1224

In the early days of email, the internet service provider didn't want to be storing emails on their servers. They wanted you to log on, get your email, and then they would delete it. This is what Carlos is currently doing with Outlook. He's getting on the server, downloading the email, and deleting it from the server. It's an email protocol called POP. Carlos can continue to use POP if he wants, but in Outlook's settings he should change it to not delete the email from the server. That will leave the email on the server. This isn't the best way to do this, however.

How can I unsubscribe from a bunch of email lists?

Elliot from Boston, MA

Episode 1213

Elliot wants to clean up his email box. Leo suggests unroll.me. Leo says it's a free service that goes through your inbox and unsubscribes you from mailing lists. Elliot will have to give it access to his email, and unfortunately, it only works with a limited number of providers. Leo says that one thing he can do is create a maildrop email, one place that he will only use for signing up for stuff like newsletters. That way if they sell that email address, it doesn't matter.

How can I keep my email private?

Tim from Moorpark, CA

Episode 1209

Tim wants an email service that's free, but doesn't read his email. Leo says that there has to be a way to pay the bills. Someone is paying for that free email and they do it by looking for keywords in email and then tailoring advertising to match it. There's really no such thing as a free lunch, and Leo would be leery of a service that promised free email that's 100% secure. They're either not going to be around long or they're going to monetize his activity without him knowing it.

How can I use Gmail for all my domain email accounts?

David from Salt Lake City, CA

Episode 1206

David has several email addresses from multiple domains and wants to know if he can send emails from a master Gmail account and choose different email account options to send from. Leo says that's called "delegation," and he can find the account option in Gmail settings. He could also just change the 'reply to' in his email client.

Why is my Microsoft account sending me to an Outlook.com inbox when my email is with AOL?

Bob from Atlanta, GA

Episode 1198

Bob has a Microsoft account that he created using an AOL email address. He was checking his email and inadvertently got into an Outlook.com environment. He's wondering if he can back out of that without affecting his One Drive, Skype, and other Microsoft apps associated with that account. Leo says that by default, anyone with a Microsoft account, even if it's tied to another email address, has an Outlook.com account. Leo says he can just ignore that. He doesn't think there's any harm in that.

How can I use my company logo in my emails?

Scott from Newport Beach, CA

Episode 1197

Scott says that when using Office 365 with a mobile device, the images within the letterhead end up as attachments instead of being embedded. Leo says that inline imaging in Office365 is a convenience that Microsoft offers, but it's not a standard, and it ends up as an attachment. He can't control that. There is no fix other than to stop using images in email. The only time that an inline image is displayed is in an email reader that supports it, and he can't control what people use. Email is designed for people to use text and it's just best to stop using corporate logos in emails.

How can I get notifications to my Android phone from Exchange?

Ryan from Huntington Beach, CA

Episode 1195

Ryan got a new Android phone from Alcatel recently, but it doesn't support notifications for his help messages through Exchange. It only notifies him for messages in his inbox. He tried Outlook and it didn't work. He had the same problem with Boomerang. Leo's used K-9, and if anything, that would be the one to get. Sadly, Google's app only works with Gmail, not Exchange.

Can I transfer my domain name?

Sheryl from Orange, CA

Episode 1193

Sheryl wants to move her domain from her current web host. She doesn't need a website and just wants to keep her email. Can she do that? Leo says sure! She can even park it over at Google and use Gmail with her domain name. No need to pay a web host. Leo does that all the time with GMail and SoftLayer. Sheryl can just contact her current webhost and advise them that she's taking back her domain name, and then move it to Gmail.

How can I secure my Yahoo email account?

Robin from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1180

Robin is getting those emails that seem to be bounced from her own Yahoo email account. Leo says that's likely a "spoofed" return email address, but it's always wise to change the password just in case. She should use a password vault so it can generate long passwords which can't as easily be hacked. But Leo also says there's something fundamentally wrong with Yahoo's email security and Leo advises getting off it. Go with Gmail instead.