What is ransomware?

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Do you know how to recognize and protect yourself against ransomware?
You may have seen headlines about ransomware attacks on institutions ranging from banks to hospitals to gas-pipelines. But what is ransomware, why is it dangerous, and can such attacks be prevented? Today, we answer your questions about ransomware. more
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What is greylisting?

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Ever wonder why an email sometimes doesn’t arrive instantly?
Many of us have experienced this problem: you can’t remember your password for an online service you don’t use that often and have to click “forgot password” to get a reset link. But even though a message pops up claiming that an email was sent to you, no reset link arrives. You click again. And again. Nothing! Then half an hour later, three messages arrive in your inbox all at once. What just happened? One possible cause is a spam-prevention process called “greylisting,” which we’ll explain today. more

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Ask the Expert: Secure passwords

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What password security mistakes can you spot in this picture?
Welcome to our first ever “Ask the Expert” post! We’re joined by our email security expert Arne for a deep dive into the topic of passwords and online security. In an interview, he shares some do’s and don’ts about passwords and clears up some common misconceptions. more
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Importing email addresses

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mail.com makes it easy to import some or all of your email contacts from other accounts

Keeping track of all your contacts can sometimes seem like a daunting task – checking through your multiple accounts and sources to find that email address that you absolutely need. The experience, however, can be made effortless by importing your email contacts to your online mail.com address book! more
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Out-of-office messages for your vacation

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Why worry about replying to emails when you’re out having fun?
It’s time for some hard-earned time off! Whether you’re headed for the beach or visiting family you haven’t seen for a while, wouldn’t it be nice to disconnect from the digital world for a while? But before you disappear, you can set up automatic replies for your emails so the senders know when they can expect a reply. We’ll show you how it works in your mail.com account – and share some examples of effective – and funny – out-of-office messages. more

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How to use Online Office

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Online Office keeps you productive with free editor and templates
Looking for a free office suite that lets you access your files without needing to download or store them locally? mail.com has an online document editor that’s perfect for all your needs: Online Office. more
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What is an IP address?

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Do you know how to locate your IP address?
Have you ever contacted customer service and, before your request could be handled, asked to provide your IP address? The question sometimes comes up in the context of emailing or cloud storage, but, unlike our email address or phone number, it’s not usually information we have on the tip of our tongues! But even though we’re not usually aware of our IP addresses, we all use them – and today we’ll explain why. more

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What is dark mode?

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Dark mode can be easier to read in low-light settings like this!
The mail.com Mail Apps for iPhone and Android both offer dark mode. But have you ever wondered why people use dark mode? And is dark mode really better for your eyes and your device’s battery? more
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Instant email notifications with MailCheck

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It’s easy to set up one-click email login with MailCheck
 
Tired of checking for new emails through multiple sources and accounts? Surely, you think, there must be an easier way to stay on top of your messages – preferably one that doesn’t require you to log in with your password every single time! And there is: MailCheck by mail.com provides quick access to your inbox(es) in a hassle-free process that requires almost no effort on your part. Find out how to set up email notifications in your browser in just a few easy steps.
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Why send email to yourself?

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Afraid you’ll forget something? Sometimes it helps to email yourself a reminder!
 
“Send emails to myself!?” you may be thinking… but it’s not as strange as it may sound at first. In fact, sending emails to yourself makes a lot of sense! Today we explore how writing yourself an email can be an effective life hack. more

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