There's no better time to start thinking of online safety than the present. Whether you're shopping online, signing into your email, or surfing the web on your mobile phone, there are simple ways to protect your identity and information. Check out this guide to protecting yourself in this digital world.
Reader magickalrealism has a pretty genius solution for sending late-night emails to colleagues and bosses — a tech tool called Boomerang. I recently talked about how sending emails in the wee hours can seem a bit unprofessional so it's best to hold off till the morning if you can if it's not an urgent email and if your fellow office workers live in the same time zone.
Boomerang is a Firefox and Chrome plug-in that will let you schedule your emails to be sent at a later time and date, anywhere from a minute later to years later. You can install one for Gmail or for Outlook. The tool even lets you take out emails from your inbox and resend them back to you at a later time when you actually need them. For example, if your friend sent you an email today, but you're not going to have any time to respond until the weekend, you can use Boomerang to remove the email from your inbox and resend it to you on Saturday.
I just downloaded the plug-in for my Gmail account and I love it! I wrote an email late last night that I scheduled to be sent at 9 a.m. today, which went off without a hitch. I even had time to look over it before it was sent.
I can imagine this feature coming in really handy on Friday when I'm writing work emails, because people are more likely to forget to reply as they usually put off replying to Friday emails until after the weekend. Using Boomerang to schedule those emails for Monday mornings may cut down on the hassle of sending follow-up emails.
To comply with CanSpam all commercial email sent is supposed to have a snail mail address and at the very best a phone number you can reach them at. If they are not honoring your unsubscribe after 10 business days then you should write or call and complain. Also, mark the email itself as spam in your email client. The higher the number of spam complaints is great feedback that the company is doing something wrong. If you're still receiving unwanted email add the From address to your banned email list or set up a filter that will automatically dump anything from that sender straight into the Trash folder.
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Today kicks off National Etiquette Week, and it's come at a good time — apparently, Americans have terrible tech manners! We've rounded up some of our most helpful and handy tech etiquette tips to keep you in the good graces of your friends, family, and co-workers, so check them out. And be sure to leave your etiquette tips in the comments or on our Facebook page, so we can round up your awesome tips, too!
- MOH on a power trip. If you're involved in a wedding, you know there is an endless amount of parties, gifts, and expenses associated with them. While she may be trying to help, an overzealous maid of honor may become a little pushy — especially if she's a planner.
How to deal: If you're dealing with one of these types, it's best to keep your correspondence professional and to the point. If she demands an RSVP to a party invite or gift contribution, and you can't give her one just yet, be honest. Quickly explain your situation, apologize, and stand your ground. If it's appropriate (like, if you can't make it to an out-of-state shower), be sure to explain your position to the bride, too. Just keep any potential conflicts out of the communication you have with the bride — if you have beef with the maid of honor, better to deal with it just between the two of you.
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Since I hadn't given that address out in years, I hadn't talked to many of the spam recipients for quite a while. Finally yesterday, a friend sent me a message on Facebook to let me know about the spam. I was mortified! Find out what I did next, and learn what steps you should take if your email address gets hacked after the break.
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I can understand why younger generations prefer different forms of communication; posting to a place like Facebook is a quick way to talk to all of your friends at once. And now that Facebook is ramping up its mobile offerings (including those crazy Facebook phones), it's likely that demographic's use of email will decline before it rises again. That's not all social media may be replacing — recent research has found that teens aren't interested in blogs either, preferring to use sites like Twitter or even Tumblr to keep up with what's happening in their social circles.
But, does this mean that email is going the way of the dodo? Doubtful. Find out why I think so after the jump.
The world wide web is a huge place, and it's growing every year. Based on data compiled by Focus research firm, 2010 was huge for emails, Facebook, YouTube videos, and spam. Oh, spam. Check out these fascinating facts about what the Internet has been up to in the past year, and get ready for your mind to be blown.