Amazon Tells Customers “We inadvertently disclosed your name and email address” but Nothing More

Amazon Tells Customers “We inadvertently disclosed your name and email address” but Nothing More

Countless Amazon customers woke up this morning to an email from Amazon telling them that “our website inadvertently disclosed your name and email address due to a technical error.” And, in fact, that’s just about all the email said, other than “the issue has been fixed” and that there is no need for the customer to take any action.

An Example of an Internet Extortion Email

An Example of an Internet Extortion Email

Online computer extortion and blackmail is nothing new. You may have heard about big companies being extorted for hundreds of thousands of dollars, or even more, in order to keep their companies from being blackmailed over something, and being brought down by a DDOS, or having some scandal (either real or fabricated) made public. Some such activity comes in the form of ransomware (where your files get locked or wiped and then you have to pay to be able to access them and get them back), and some comes in the form of plain old blackmail, such as the example below.

Can’t Download Gmail after an OS Update or Upgrade? This May be the Problem

Can’t Download Gmail after an OS Update or Upgrade? This May be the Problem

Lots of people put off updating or upgrading their operating system (OS) because every update or upgrade to an OS seems to come with a raft of problems and issues. Whether you use a Mac or a Windows machine, an update or upgrade can cause problems with retrieving email in general, and Gmail in particular. In the Mac world these come from updates to OS X (now on version 10.13, known as High Sierra). If you are using Windows, the current version is Windows 10.

How to Stop Evite Email Spam (or as They Refer to Them Evite Notifications)

How to Stop Evite Email Spam (or as They Refer to Them Evite Notifications)

If you have ever been on the receiving end of an Evite invitation, you know that once your ‘friend’ gives your email address to Evite (almost always without asking you first) you will receive an endless stream of spam (it’s spam because you did not request it, let along give them permission to put your email address on their mailing list) from Evite, seemingly with no way to opt out of it (making it a violation of Federal law, but apparently Evite doesn’t care about that). Here is out to opt out of Evite notifications and other Evite spam.

Post Office’s ‘Informed Delivery’ Sends You Email and Text Notifications of Your Mail and Packages

Post Office’s ‘Informed Delivery’ Sends You Email and Text Notifications of Your Mail and Packages

The USPS (the U.S. Postal Service or, as most people refer to it, simply, ‘the post office’) Informed Delivery service is now in full swing. Announced earlier this year, with the Informed Delivery service you can sign up with the post office to have scans and notifications of your mail sent to you via email and text message, including first class envelopes and packages that are on their way to you.

WARNING: Having Email Display Sender’s Contact Image and Info Helps Scammers Get in Through the Cracks

WARNING: Having Email Display Sender’s Contact Image and Info Helps Scammers Get in Through the Cracks

Every webmail service out there, be it Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or other, encourages you to upload or merge your contacts with their system. And most Mac and PC email programs automatically cross-reference an incoming email sender with their entry in your contacts. The result is often that their contact profile picture, and ‘friendly’ name, is displayed as the sender of that email in your inbox.

How to See and Access the Contents of a Winmail.dat File on Your Mac

How to See and Access the Contents of a Winmail.dat File on Your Mac

Wondering ‘What is a Winmail.dat file attachment and how do I open it?” If you have a Mac computer, such as a Macbook, Macbook Pro, or Macbook Air, and if you have any friends or colleagues who still use Windows in general, and Outlook in particular, then you are almost certainly familiar with the issue of your friend or colleague sending you an attachment in email (say, a document), but all you receive in your Mac email is that damned Winmail.dat file. Here’s how to open a Winmail.dat file on a Mac, and get at the contents.

Verizon Gets Rid of Email – Sends Verizon Email Users to AOL

Verizon Gets Rid of Email – Sends Verizon Email Users to AOL

If you use Verizon for your email, receiving email at or sending it from a verizon.net email address, have we got some news for you: Verizon is retiring their email service. This means you have two options: switching to a new system entirely and losing your @verizon.net email address, or switching to AOL (where you will still be able to send/receive using your Verizon email address).

How to Easily Draw and Write on Pictures You are Sending in Email with Your Mac

How to Easily Draw and Write on Pictures You are Sending in Email with Your Mac

If you are wondering how to easily edit pictures in email before you send them, and if you have a Mac, you’re in luck. With the native Mac OS X Yosemite mail markup tool, you can now mark up pictures, right in email, before you send them. You can draw on pictures, add captions to photos, and pretty much edit images any way that you’d like, all without ever leaving your email program.

How to Migrate Your Email from Yahoo to Gmail (or Any Other Place)

How to Migrate Your Email from Yahoo to Gmail (or Any Other Place)

One of the more frequent questions that we get is how to forward or migrate email from Yahoo mail to Gmail, or to another email account. Seems that lots of people are wanting to change their Yahoo email account to somewhere else these days. So, here is how to move your email from Yahoo to Gmail with as little pain as possible. These instructions can be used to change your email from Yahoo to any other email service as well.