Manage your email

Is your New Year's resolution to better manage your email inbox?  If so, here are a few quick and dirty hints on how to make that happen:

Folders and Filters
Make folders for important subjects and senders in your inbox.  Set up filtering rules in your mail client to automatically sort incoming messages into those folders.

Spam Alert! – Funeral Notification

Boy was I surprised this morning when I found this “Funeral notification” in my inbox! I wondered, who in Florida would have the foresight to tell the local funeral home to send me an email about their impending “life service celebration” to be held later this afternoon….

Worried about Google reading your email?

You ought to be.

Google says it's OK for them to read your email because ... well... because you shouldn't expect them not to.  In fact, it's in their terms of service - you read that when you signed up, right?

In a recent court documents, Google says, "Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery.

Beware Domain Listing Scams

This is your Final Notice of Domain Listing?
Pfft.

Have you gotten one of the notices below?  We get them regularly and they're not legit.  If you've read my other blog posts about spotting email scams and fraud you know there are several ways to spot a scam or bad email.

Sendspace spam may be a blackhole

This morning's crop of junk mail (properly sorted by SmarterMail into my junk email folder!) includes the email I copied below.

According to ehackingnews.com clicking on any of the links included in the original email (but redacted here for your safety) would bring you to a malicious website.

There is no such thing as free money.

You wouldn't believe it if a stranger walked up to you and said they'd just deposited money into your account, would you?  So, why on earth would you fall for the email below?

Instead of opening that attachment you should check with your bank directly to see if a wire transfer has been credited to your account.

There is no such thing as free money.

You wouldn't believe it if a stranger walked up to you and said they'd just deposited money into your account, would you?  So, why on earth would you fall for the email below?

Instead of opening that attachment you should check with your bank directly to see if a wire transfer has been credited to your account.