Managing Your Digital Stuff - Email

When we use it appropriately, email is an incredibly useful
communication tool.

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 
     your money.
  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 message. Unsubscribe 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 1. Unsubscribe 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 ==> 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 it is automatically forwarded to 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)