When we use it appropriately, email is an incredibly useful
Typical Email Problems:
1. You get too much unsolicited email
2. You have way too much email in your inbox
3. Email is the most successful method for phishing--getting
you to install malware, divulge information, and getting
4. You get too much junk mail
5. Your email is unreliable (or quits working)
Preserving an Email Message
If you want to save an email message forever, copy and paste
the text, save as a PDF file, or make a screenshot of the
The cleanest way to get off a list is to use the built-in
unsubscribe option. That link is generally buried at the
bottom of the message, in tiny type or made to not even look
like a link, all the better to keep you subscribed.
Develop Good Habits
2. Process and delete email every day
3. Don't click on links. Don't fall for phishing scams.
See: Home Computer Security -- Human Behavior - Part I
4. Use a junk mail filter
5a. No email on all your devices ==> Email Provider Problem
5b. No email on only one of your devices ==> Reboot Device
5c. Email Clients--sometimes it is necessary to delete the
email account and re-setup the account on your device.
You will NOT lose any of your mail messages.
Email doesn't play will with your computer, phone, or tablet?
Consider forwarding email to another email account from a
different provider. It is not necessary to notify anyone of
your new email address.
Example: Forwarding Email from Mediacom to Google's gmail
email@example.com ==> firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Mediacom's Webmail interface at
Preferences > Mail > Receiving Messages
[x] Forward a copy to:
[x] Don't keep a local copy of messages
Now if anyone sends me an email at email@example.com
it is automatically forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org
Because gmail uses the Internet Message Access Protocol
(IMAP) I can read on multiple devices and when I delete an
email, it deletes on all the devices. Ta Da
Email Routing (for the curious)