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Wha's a Good Alternative to Outlook?

Microsoft Outlook

Episode 1814

Amanda from Petaluma, CA

Tamara has to use Outlook for her work email on her mac and it's just terrible. She can use MacMail. Leo says that email clients are a dime a dozen and you can just about any of them. Leo also says that Microsoft is working on a new Mac version of Outlook, that's supposed to be out soon. Read about it here. Until then, how can she make Outlook look better? Leo says you can always use Outlook.com, a web-based version.

Why Can't I Log Into My SBC Email Account?

SBC

Episode 1813

Cheryl from California

Cheryl is having trouble logging into her SBC email. Leo says that Cheryl has a "legacy email," with SBCGlobal, which was sold to AT&T and then outsourced to Yahoo. As such, Leo just thinks that the SBC log-in has expired and is no longer working. So Cheryl will likely have to transition to ATT.net for all her email needs if she wants to stick with that company. Try going to AT&T's web portal and try signing in with the same credentials.

Why Am I Missing Some of My Email?

Hover

Episode 1811

Rich from Tuscon, AZ

Rich has two domains registered at Hover. One personal and one business. He then uses it with Gmail and his Apple Mail client. But recently, several emails have been lost in transit. Some are personal, some are business. Leo says that there are "black holes" in the system, due to spam filtering. It's possible that is what is happening between Gmail and Hover. If the carrier judges that the sending IP address may be a spammer, then the email will simply vanish. Or it could be intercepted by the spam filters. Gmail is very aggressive about fraudulent emails.

Why Won't Gmail Let Me Log in Through a VPN or Hotspot?

Gmail

Episode 1809

Ken from Topinabee, MI

Ken has a number of emails running in Outlook. A few are Gmail. Everything works fine at home, but Gmail thinks he's being hacked and won't let him log in when he uses a hotspot or VPNs. So he has to go outside the VPN to log into Gmail in order to register the IP. And that only works sometimes. Leo says to go into the Outlook settings and make sure you have a proper profile created using GMail's SMTP for those Gmail addresses, along with your login and password. Leo suspects that is where the hiccup lies. Also, turn on two-factor authentication.

Why Can't I Get My Yahoo Email in Windows?

Yahoo

Episode 1806

Karen from San Pedro, CA

Karen has a Windows 10 computer that gives her a message saying her settings are out of date. Leo says Windows won't send that message to her. But her mail program would. And since her mail has disappeared, then it may be that since Verizon is selling Yahoo, AT&T is telling Karen to update her settings. She will want to go into the mail program and delete the account. It won't delete the mail, just the portal to get it. Then Karen will have to re-add it using her login and password. The credentials Karen used to use won't work anymore. Use mail.yahoo.com moving forward.

How Can I Set Up My Comcast Email in Outlook?

Outlook

Episode 1805

Richard from Grand Rapids, MI

Richard recently checked his Outlook/Comcast email and it's now requiring a new user name and password. He hasn't input it in a long time and can't remember it. Leo says that it should be the same password as logging into Richard's Comcast account to get his webmail. Outlook can lose its settings from time to time, especially after being updated. So it may be that Richard just has to re-input the Comcast user name and password. But he may also need to input the mail settings.

How Can I Back Up My Gmail Data?

OneDrive

Episode 1805

David from Redondo Beach, CA

David has been doing 3-2-1 backups, but he has 10GB of Gmail data. How can he back that up? That's a lot of backup data. Leo says he can use Google Takeout, but 10GB will take a long time to backup and it doesn't really answer the issue of interoperability. It would be ideal if he could just move the data from one service to another without having to download it first and put the computer in the middle. It's also in a format that another service may not understand.

How Do I Change From AOL to Another Email Provider?

Fastmail

Episode 1803

Carmen from Victorville, CA

Carmen is concerned that Verizon sold its AOL service. How will that affect her, and could she take her AOL email to another provider? Leo says that rather than tying herself to an ISP email provider, use Gmail or a separate provider. Gmail is free, and you can transfer your email over to it, even forward your AOL service. Leo likes to use FastMail, a paid service that has all those features and more. 

Why Can't I Associate My Domain With Gmail?

Interserver

Episode 1802

Jim from Louisville, Kentucky

Tom bought a few domain names and has used them to create email addresses for all his kids. He's been able to forward the MX records to Gmail, but he's having issues being able to associate the domains with the actual accounts. Leo suspects that Google may be restricting it for those who pay for Google workspace. They're not going to allow it for free accounts because there's no benefit to Google to do so.