Windows Mail is dead. Outlook Express is a distant memory. Microsoft’s free Windows 7 email client of choice is now Windows Live Mail, and if you take a closer look at the program that’s probably a very good move.
Live Mail has strong support for working with web mail accounts, for instance; a better contacts system in Windows Live Contacts; a useful RSS reader, quality calendar tool, inline spell checking, and more.
Some interface quirks and other odd design decisions means that getting all this working smoothly can take a while – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
We’ve spent some time discovering setup tricks and shortcuts, Live Mail secrets and some of the best add-on apps around, and with our help you’ll soon have total mastery over every Windows Live Mail feature. More »
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The disclosure of a back door allowing bad guys to repeatedly guess Gmail passwords should remind us all to protect our accounts with long and strong character strings.
There’s a straightforward way to protect your online accounts use signin phrases that are easy for you to remember but hard for others to guess.
The latest vulnerability affecting Gmail accounts was recently revealed by security researcher Vicente Aguilera Díaz in a posting on the Full Disclosure security list. (Aguilera previously revealed a Gmail flaw known as session-riding, which Google subsequently fixed, as reported by WS contributing editor Scott Spanbauer)
According to Aguilera’s new security alert, Google allows anyone with a Gmail account to guess another Gmail user’s password 100 times every two hours, or 1,200 times per day. No “captcha” keeps hacker bots from guessing passwords in this way. Worst of all: If a hacker controls, say, 100 Gmail accounts, 120,000 guesses can be made per day. Because Gmail accounts are free, many hackers control far more than 100 accounts, of course. More »
Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook, introduced at the start of the past week, manages to handicap the Redmond company’s email client, delivered as a part of the Office System. Essentially, the installation of Google Apps Sync for Microsoft Outlook manages to kill the email client’s ability to search its own data. The tool from the Mountain View-based search giant is designed to bridge Outlook 2003 SP3 and 2007 SP2 (or SP1) with Google Apps. However, it appears that Google failed to perform sufficient testing of the utility, as Microsoft came across a bug that no longer allowed users of Outlook to search through their data.
“The installation of the Google Apps Sync plugin disables Outlook’s ability to search any and all of your Outlook data,” stated Dev Balasubramanian, Outlook product manager. “When a Google Apps user installs the sync plugin for Outlook, the plugin modifies a registry key which disables Windows Desktop Search from indexing and providing search functionality for all Outlook data, not just the Outlook data being synchronized from GMail. Because Outlook search relies upon the indexing performed by Windows Desktop Search, Outlook search functions are broken as a result.” More »
Gmail revolutionized online email clients when it first launched, and has since added a host of functionality and features to the site to help users get trough the ever-increasing number of emails they receive every day. But many of those features aren’t even known by most, let alone used, so the Gmail team has set out to create some tips for all types of Gmail users, from rookies to seasoned veterans.
“Everybody has their own system for managing email, but some are definitely more efficient than others. Even if you only get a few messages a day, there are probably some simple things you can do to make it easier to get through your inbox and maybe even have a little fun along the way.” Zach Yeskel, product marketing manager, wrote on the Gmail blog.
“We know time is valuable, so we asked lots of Googlers for their tips and tricks on how they make the most of Gmail, and we combined the best of these into a guide at www.gmail.com/tips, cheekily entitled ‘Become a Gmail Ninja.’ The tips are categorized into ninja belts (white, green, black and master) based on how much mail you get each day.” More »