NIGERIAN E-MAIL SCAM

You’ve probably gotten one of the infamous “Nigerian e-mail” messages. A member of the Nigerian government, or a son of a Zimbabwean diplomat, or a widow of an African dictator, needs your help to get millions of dollars out of the country. Your reward will be twenty or thirty or forty percent of the money. […] continued

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HOTMAIL SPAM FILTER

It’s not just your imagination – Hotmail accounts get far more spam than any other mail service through any other ISP. Microsoft has finally signed a deal that might cut down on the junk. Brightmail is a third party filter that will be installed on Hotmail to stop the spam before it reaches the mailboxes. […] continued

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THE END OF FREE E-MAIL

Microsoft and Yahoo are aggressively trying to push people to paid e-mail services by making it harder than ever to rely on free ones. Apple Computer is cutting free e-mail service altogether.

In the latest move, on Wednesday Microsoft cleaned out all messages that were more than thirty days old in everyone’s Hotmail “Sent Items” folder. […] continued

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THE END OF FREE E-MAIL

The days of free e-mail are drawing to a close. Yahoo, Lycos, and Hotmail have all started to change their free e-mail accounts to make it more likely that users will pony up a monthly subscription fee. Today, Hotmail announced it will start charging to retrieve mail from other POP mailboxes – just as Yahoo and Lycos announced earlier this year. […] continued

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TIME WARNER HATES AOL SOFTWARE

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that America Online has continued to use Microsoft Internet Explorer as its browser engine, even though it acquired Netscape last year – pretty ironic, eh?

Well, an even better commentary on Netscape’s software skills comes today from the offices of Time Warner. After the merger with AOL, Time Warner issued an edict to all of its divisions requiring them to use AOL’s email services – software developed by Netscape, running on AOL’s public servers. […] continued

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INACTIVE HOTMAIL ACCOUNTS WILL BE DROPPED

Microsoft is going to start enforcing its policy of deleting Hotmail accounts if they’re not used at least once every thirty days. If you have a Hotmail account for convenience, check on it every once in a while.

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OUTLOOK E-MAIL SECURITY

The responsibility of owning a computer today includes owning an antivirus program and keeping it up to date. If you haven’t affirmatively done something to update your virus definitions in the last two weeks, then you’re at risk, and you’re putting everyone in your address book at risk. It’s not difficult – the antivirus programs make it very easy to remember to stay up to date. […] continued

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MSN WEB-BASED E-MAIL WOES

MSN subscribers are being forced to use web-based e-mail, instead of the standard POP3 e-mail that was previously available. It’s similar to Hotmail, although the default installation of the MSN software on your own computer gives you a highly customized screen for viewing your mail. If you’re an MSN subscriber, the advantage is that your mail can also be viewed from any Internet browser anywhere – you’re not limited to viewing your e-mail on your own computer. […] continued

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DISASTER: E-MAIL HOAXES

The World Trade Center disaster has already generated a tremendous amount of e-mail spam and chain letters. As this article points out, you can count on a lot of hoaxes to be disseminated by e-mail in the next few weeks. Exercise a high degree of caution before you forward an e-mail message to your favorite fifty friends. […] continued

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HOTMAIL UPGRADE

Hotmail users will notice that the service has been redesigned. I don’t see any important new services, but Microsoft has beefed up the junk mail settings. Everyone will want to bump the junk mail filter from “Low” to “High” to deal with the unbelievable volume of spam that Hotmail seems to attract. […] continued

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MICROSOFT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HOTMAIL SPAM

Oh, this is a nasty one. According to this article, Microsoft sends information about its Hotmail subscribers – email address, city, and state – to InfoSpace, an Internet white pages service. InfoSpace then combines this information with the subscribers’ telephone numbers and home addresses. The result is a user database that spam advertisers use to generate junk mail. […] continued

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WEB BLACKOUT AFFECTS E-MAIL

I had trouble sending some e-mail during the last few days – messages were being returned as undeliverable, but it was hard to understand why. A couple of other people have mentioned the same thing to me. I don’t know for sure, but this article about a squabble between two major Internet service providers may have the answer. […] continued

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NORTON ANTIVIRUS BUGGY E-MAIL PROTECTION

Norton Antivirus offers a feature called “e-mail protection” that I routinely turn off. It’s a service that scans e-mail for viruses as messages come into your system – an appealing idea, but it’s implemented badly. It changes the settings for your POP3 server and frequently prevents e-mail from being retrieved at all. […] continued

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