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Comment by Keith H on [TAXES] Free Tax Filing Options (March 1, 2017 03:56 AM)
Will you please comment on "Credit Karma" tax program/software? Thanks....
Comment by bobdeloyd on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (March 1, 2017 01:26 AM)
I used to do this , but I just gotten lazy. I will start a new user id with standard settings and get doing it again :)...
Comment by Alan Miller on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (March 1, 2017 12:15 AM)
I tried adding someone else and I got this error message in red "We Cannot connect to Microsoft family right now, so your family on this device might ...
Comment by Joe Dorin on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 11:08 PM)
In Let’s Create your account If you select “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” then you have to Get a new email address and in...
Comment by CT on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 10:28 PM)
The easiest and safest way to change all this in Windows 10 is to create another account that is an administrator account as described above. Then ch...
Comment by Bob Greene on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 09:13 PM)
@Joseph Hayes-- Many must run Windows XP for legacy software and other reasons. Yet, they do so with only marginal loss of security, compared to later...
Comment by Ken Dwight on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 09:07 PM)
This is useful advice, but not for the main reason you stated. Malware creators figured out a long time ago how to elevate privileges, so that even a...
Comment by Linda on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 08:35 PM)
Thanks very much, Bob. Very helpful information once again!...
Comment by Jon on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 08:11 PM)
Update --- As noted in the comments, use Danny G's idea. Adding a new Admin and then changing the original Admin to user keeps all functions and setti...
Comment by abrogard on How To Eliminate 94% of Windows Vulnerabilities Easily (February 28, 2017 08:08 PM)
I just did this, convinced, scared, by the info. The first thing that happens is user account control wants you to provide an admin login. I didn't ...

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Should You Encrypt Your Email?

Interest in email encryption has skyrocketed since Ed Snowden revealed the NSA’s widespread surveillance of electronic communications. And more recently, there's been lots of noise about Wikileaks and email hacking. Here is the low-down on email encryption, and some free tools to help you send and receive secure emails...

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Tools To Trace an Email

Have you ever received an email several days after it was sent? Have you ever gotten an unwanted email with a fake “From” name, and wished you could find out where it came from? Read on to learn about some free tools that can help with both situations...

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GMail Tricks You Probably Haven’t Tried

Google's GMail is the world’s best email system, in my opinion. With over a billion active users, it's also the most popular. GMail has many features that make life in your inbox more pleasant and productive, but today I'll show you some tricks it can do that most people have not discovered. Read on for the scoop…

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[SIGH] The Phish That Wasn’t

Cybercrooks thrive on FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. When a massive breach of a retailer’s customer database occurs, crooks swoop in to con panicked consumers. Every tax season, when people are tearing their hair out, con artists impersonate the IRS. And when Microsoft reneges on a promise and its customers rebel, phish start flying. Huh, what? Read on for the details; all will be revealed...

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Tame Your Inbox With Filters

Is your email inbox overflowing? It's likely you're not using filters to direct the flow of incoming emails, and spending more time than you should managing your inbox. Learn how to automatically file messages in folders, forward them to someone else, or dump them straight into the trash. Oh, and if your Spam folder is gobbling up messages that don't belong there, I'll also show you how to solve that problem...

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How To Trace an Email

Have you ever received an email several days after it was sent? Have you ever gotten an unwanted email with a fake “From” name, and wished you could find out where it came from? Read on to learn about some free tools that can help with both situations...

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Was Your Email Hijacked?

A reader asks: 'Can you please help, somehow my email account got hijacked, and now all my friends are getting spam, from me! I am always careful with my password. How could this have happened, and what should I do?'

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Forward Emails to Your Phone

Most people prefer not to be notified (bothered) by their phones every time an email hits their inbox. But email from a spouse, child, boss, or other important contact may be something you want to know about right now. Here is a free, easy way to receive a text message when those things happen…

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Are You Encrypting Your Email?

Interest in email encryption has skyrocketed since Ed Snowden revealed the NSA’s widespread surveillance of electronic communications. Here is the low-down on email encryption, and some methods of doing it.

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Learn the Secrets of Gmail Labs

Over half a billion people use Gmail, but only a few know the secret that you'll learn today. Buried deep in Gmail’s settings is a playpen called Gmail Labs. It’s a place for the adventurous, the curious, the geeky, and everyday users who like to try new things. If you like to push the envelope until the bubble pops (and the metaphors mix), then come check out Gmail Labs...

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HOWTO: Email Really Big Files

A reader asks: 'I tried to email a bunch of digital photos to my daughter, but I got an error saying EMAIL IS TOO LARGE. Sending them one at a time is a nuisance -- is there an easier way?' Well, yes! Read on to learn how to send large files...

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Will This App Replace Gmail?

The demise of email has been predicted for over a decade, yet the volume of email continues to grow even if you don’t count spam. Ironically, the alternative messaging services that were supposed to kill email have instead fueled its exponential growth. Will Google Inbox solve the problem of email overload, and replace the popular Gmail service? Read on to find out...

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HOWTO: Send a Mass Email

A reader asks: 'I want to send emails to a large group of people on a regular basis. But I've heard that if you do it wrong, you'll get tagged as a spammer, and your emails will never be delivered. What software or services do you recommend for sending email to a list of people?' Read on for the answer...

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Webmail Smackdown: Which Is Best?

Many people have ditched desktop email clients for the convenience of Web-based mail apps. Google's Gmail, Yahoo Mail, and Microsoft's Outlook.com are the biggest players in this arena. Find out which one I like best, and why 'none of the above' might be a good choice for you...

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How to Change Your Email Address

A reader asks: 'I have had the same email address since high school, and now I want something more professional sounding. But I'm afraid that changing my email address might cause some unintended problems. What do you recommend?'

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Power Up Your Gmail!

Don't be afraid of that little gear on your Gmail screen... you can use it to organize your inbox, reduce the time you spend reading junk mail, and customize Gmail to work in ways that make your life easier. Read on to look at some of the fun and useful settings you can customize. I'm sure you'll learn something to make your Gmail experience even better!

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What Happens to Inactive Email Accounts?

If you have an email account that you've not logged into for quite a while, it could go poof, and possibly be re-assigned to someone else. That might make sense, but the way that Yahoo is handling their recent announcement about inactive accounts has some people shaking their heads in disbelief. Find out why hackers and scammers are rejoicing, and what this means for you...

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FREE: Encryption Tools to Protect Your Data

With the U.S. government ignoring the 4th Amendment, data breaches in the news every week, and identity thieves everywhere, more and more people are wondering how to protect their data and personal information. The answer is encryption, and it's no longer rocket science. Here's what you need to know about using encryption...

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HELP... My Email Was Hijacked!

A reader asks: 'Can you please help, somehow my email account got hijacked, and now all my friends are getting spam, from me! I am always careful with my password. How could this have happened, and what should I do?'

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Can the Feds Read Your Email?

You might be shocked to learn that there's very little to prevent government snoops from peeking into your email. But a U.S. Senate committee has just approved greater protection against surreptitious and warrantless searches of people’s electronic communications. Here's what you need to know about email privacy...

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Gmail on Steroids

If you’ve used Gmail for a while, you’ve seen new features appear in the interface. Many of these goodies come from Gmail Labs, but there are many other nifty tools that you can bolt on to Gmail to make your digital life easier. Here are some of the best Gmail addons...

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Can I Get a Virus Just By Opening an Email?

I’m often asked if it’s possible to get a computer virus by simply opening an email. It is true that email has always been one of the most popular attack vectors. Hackers, spammers, phishers and scammers are all knocking on the door of your inbox. But how easily can they slip in, and wreak havoc on your computer? Let's find out...

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Hotmail Gets A New Outlook

Microsoft recently gave Hotmail, its free Webmail service, a major makeover. Even the domain name is changing; Hotmail.com is morphing into Outlook.com. The new look is cleaner, simpler, and aligned with the look and feel of the new Windows 8 interface. Should you make the switch? Let's find out...

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Is Your Email Really Private?

If you ever get the paranoid feeling that someone is reading your email, your suspicions probably focus on nefarious hackers or the government. But it's much more likely that an email voyeur is someone close to you. Your spouse, your boss, or a nosey parker who runs the computers at work may be peeking at your email...

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Are You Drowning in Your Inbox?

Do you feel like you're slowly being buried under a pile of unread, unanswered email? Are you starting to run out of free storage space in your Gmail account? It's time to go on an email diet and shed a few gigabytes...

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How Do I Backup My Gmail?

I've been using Gmail for over a year, and it works great. But I'm a little nervous that there's no obvious way to backup my contacts and email messages, just in case. Is there a solution you can recommend?

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How To Backup Thunderbird

I've been using Thunderbird for my email program almost a year, and it's a big improvement over Outlook Express. But now that I've got all these emails, contacts, custom filters and settings, how do I back it up, just in case?

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Why You Should Dump Outlook and Windows Live Mail

Are you still struggling with the limitations of Outlook, Outlook Express, or Windows Live Mail? Join the many email users who have dumped desktop email clients for the ease and convenience of web-based email. Here's my advice on why it's time to switch to webmail...

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Is Your Email Secure?

Many consumers are blissfully unaware of the threats knocking on the doors of their email inboxes. Popular free email service providers such as Google, Yahoo, and Hotmail, stop a vast number of threats at their mail servers without any attention from end users. But some threats still get through, so consumers using desktop email software, and businesses that operate their own email servers must defend themselves. Here are some of the email security software programs that get the job done...

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Email Tracking Programs

You send an email to a friend, acquaintance, or business contact. Perhaps you ask a question in it. But you get no reply. Do you send another email asking, Did you get the first email? What if that annoys a potential customer? Sometimes, you can spend a lot of time wondering and even worrying about whether your email got lost or was read. How can you get an email return receipt, or delivery confirmation that an email was read?

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Business Email Marketing

If you have anything to sell, you really must incorporate email marketing into your online marketing strategy. A savvy email marketing campaign can bring you new customers, increase repeat business, and boost profits enormously. But doing email marketing the wrong way can bring down the wrath of the Internet upon you and have the worst possible effects on your business. Here's how to do it right...

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Consolidate Email Accounts

I have three email accounts, and it's a nuisance to check each one. I also have trouble keeping my address books in sync, and when I'm looking for a certain message, I have to check in three places. Is there an easy way to consolidate all my email accounts in one place?

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Gmail Labs

Gmail has been my favorite web-based email service for several years, and one of the things I like is that they're always adding new features and experimenting with various options to make it easier to use. Have you heard what's simmering in the secret Gmail Labs?

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Gmail - New Features

Google recently added some nifty new features to Gmail, their free web-based email service. Here's a look a what's new in Gmail...

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Gmail: Beyond the Basics

You've opened a Gmail account and now you can send and receive email on the web. Lots of email... 5.2 gigs and counting. But beyond all that space, Google's Gmail can give you better control over how you manage your emails. Here are some tips and tricks for the Gmail user who wants to advance beyond the basics...

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Is Webmail Better?

I'm thinking about switching from Outlook Express to a webmail service. What are the trade-offs? Are some better than others? Is webmail secure?

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Emailing Photos

Emailing a group of 4 or 5 JPG photos from the 'My Pictures' folder is no problem. But Emailing a group of 50 seems to clog the system for ever and nothing actually sends. The pictures are taken with my digital camera, saved as JPG images, and I'm using MS Digital Images Suite 10 for the photos. How can I fix this please?

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Nigerian Scammers

Have you gotten a message from someone claiming to be a representative of the Nigerian government, promising a multi-million dollar reward for your help in transferring a huge sum of money? Are you soon to be rich, filthy rich -- or could this be a scam?

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Urban Legends and Hoaxes

Is the government or AOL planning to implement an email tax? Does your lipstick contain dangerous levels of lead? Will Microsoft send you money for forwarding an email? Do you need to add your cell phone number to a Do Not Call directory? Should you boycott Pepsi because their new cans are offensive?

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Red X appears instead of image?

Sometimes in my emails or websites, the images do not appear, but a little red X shows up. Can you tell me please how to correct this?

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Missing Emails

Sometimes I don't get certain emails, or newsletters that I signed up for. It's like they're going into a black hole. Is this a problem on the sending or receiving side?

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Thunderbird Email Rules

I really liked Thunderbird and the way I was able to have RSS feeds, email, and newsgroups all in the same program. What I didn't like was the email rules. I could not get the rules to work, except when I set them up. I like having most of my usual email filtered through email rules but was unable to make this feature work. Any suggestions?

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Email Sent Multiple Times

Bob, When I send a large attachment, it keeps on resending to the recipients several times. Can you explain to me why this happens? If I notice it is sending more then once sometimes I can delete the email from outbox and trash also and it will stop. I look forward to your newsletters and love them.

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Spammer Using My Email Address!

Occasionally I get a bounced, or rejected email sent by someone else, with my email address in the From line. Do I have reason to be concerned? Comcast techs say it is just spam. I find that very weird.

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Can't Delete Email in Outlook Express

I received an email recently, with no attachment, and when I tried to open it, my computer froze. Even a ctrl-alt-del wouldn't help. Every time I try to open, or just click on and delete this message my computer freezes. I didn't think it was possible for an email to cause this kind of problem, if there was no attachment. I'm using Outlook Express, and running Windows XP Professional Version, Service Pack 2. I just want to delete this message from my inbox -- I have no idea what is in it and I don't care at this point!

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Wrong Font for Outlook Express Printing

When printing email in Outlook Express, all of a sudden the printer has increased the font size from 12 to about 16 or 18. I can find no place to tell Outlook Express to use a smaller font size. What has happened and how can I change it?

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Emails converted to attachments

My boss is using Outlook 2000 and sometimes he receives his emails from other employees as plain text email attachments. For example I send him an HTML email in Outlook 2000. He receives a totally blank email and my text has been converted to a plain text attachment. He swears he has not changed anything. He says we must have changed something on the MS Exchange email server. We have not changed anything. He is the only user affected. What causes this? How do I fix this?

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