Wow! All Gmail Users Are Given Two Separate Email Addresses


You probably know how to create multiple email aliases in Gmail by adding the plus symbol and dots to your Gmail username but there’s something more interesting.

When you create a Gmail account, you actually get two email addresses – one is the regular while the second email address has in the domain.

That means if your email address in Gmail is something like, all email messages that are sent to will also be delivered to your own Gmail account. That’s two for the price of one.

Like the Gmail plus trick, you can take advantage of these two domains so that less spam reaches your Gmail Inbox.

Give the address to your close contacts (put that in the visiting card) while keep the address for public (put it on your blog). Then set a Gmail filter such that all email messages with in the header go a special folder so you will never miss important email from close friends.

Google Opens Gmail Signups Further

After opening its formerly invitation-only Gmail webmail service to anyone with a mobile phone in August 2005, Google removed that requirement Wednesday. Now, anyone can signup for a Gmail account by creating a Google Account.

The mobile phone requirement was designed to prevent Gmail accounts from being created by robots and stop spammers from signing up multiple times. As of Wednesday afternoon, the Gmail signup URL still redirected users to the SMS-based method, but a support article on Google’s site says the world is now welcome without an invitation or phone.

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Backing up your Gmail locally

GmailIf you’re one of the folks that saw the story about Google having some trouble with a few Gmail accounts, and wondered what you could do to protect yourself from such an unfortunate eventuality, you’re in luck. It’s a simple tip, and one that can be implemented in a number of ways, but the gist of it is that you’re going to want to download all of your email out of your Gmail account using the POP download functionality in your account.

Now, if you’re wanting to use an email client that you already happen to use for other mail (for example, your work email), you may not want all of that Gmail spilling right into your inbox. So to prevent that, make sure that your email client supports message rules based on the incoming mail account. In Outlook 2007 (I remember seeing it in 2003 as well) there’s a rule called “through the specified account” that allows you to choose which incoming account it should act on. That way you can move all mail coming through a specific account to a folder, which can then be moved to a different PST file for archiving.

Once you’ve determined how you’re going to keep from mixing up all of your email, go ahead with setting up the connection.

To back up ALL of your Gmail, simply navigate to the Forwarding and POP section of your Settings in Gmail, and in the POP Download section click the radio button beside “Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already been downloaded)”.

Then configure the email client exactly as described on the Configuring instructions link at the bottom of the POP Download section. There are instructions for virtually every major email client out there, and even if your client isn’t listed, it should be fairly simple to see how to configure yours from looking at instructions for a similar client.
And that’s it – now all there is to do is wait, and wait, and wait. If you’re like me and your Gmail box is already well over half full, it can take quite a while to download close to 2 Gigs of mail. But think of the peace of mind you’ll have knowing that your mail is safely in your hands.

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New Yahoo!Mail – follows Outlook Express standards

Yahoo Mail

New Yahoo!Mail which is in it’s beta version is much like Outlook Express. It is divided into three sections: Folders, Email Headers, and Preview Pane. Once you click on the email title it will automatically load the email into the preview pane. Everything is very easy and fast now; compose, reply, and attachements are done on the fly, as opposed to reloading the whole page previously.

~A note of caution, the Mail Beta still incomplete. You will find some missing features and some additional issues with fetching some emails. I’ve had to completely reload the browser page sometimes in order to resold the issue. AND THERE IS NO EASY WAY TO CONTACT SUPPORT ON ANY ISSUES YOU MAY COME ACROSS.

If you want to try it out for yourself, you can sign up for it here.

Google enables POP checking for some Gmail users

Google enables POP checking for some Gmail usersGoogle’s darling Gmail has just launched a new feature they’re slowly rolling out to users: POP checking of other accounts. If you’re one of the lucky few, under the Accounts tab in Gmail’s settings, you can now add up to 5 other accounts (if they have POP3 access enabled) for Gmail to pull email from.

Of course, you’ve always been able to forward email from most other accounts to Gmail, but the significance here is that by enabling Gmail to check your other accounts, it can grab virtually all the mail you’ve ever received in those accounts (if you haven’t taken it all off the server with a desktop client, that is – not just the messages *after* you turned on forwarding.

While this is certainly a great new feature, I must again echo the requests of many by asking: why on earth Google hasn’t joined the rest of us in the 21st century by adding IMAP access? Considering the plethora of devices consumers are using (desktops, public terminals, phones and PDAs) and the multiple ways they have already offered for accessing Gmail (web, WAP, mobile client, etc.). Is IMAP that much more difficult or expensive to implement? I realize their intention is to keep you doing email the Gmail way – labels, web ads and all – but I still say its time to grant usable access to those who need the power of desktop software and tools for their emailing needs.

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Mapping Addresses in Yahoo! Mail

yahoo mail addressThe folks at Yahoo! have added a little feature to Yahoo! Mail that recognizes addresses and phone numbers. The new features will automatically recognize and underline all phone numbers and addresses in mail messages, and easily get directions or view locations. The new feature will also allow for the ability to instantly add addresses to your address book. Google’s Gmail has had this feature for a while, however they have taken a much more subtle approach by tossing a link in the corner. So with this new Yahoo Mail feature, I hereby announce the start of email wars. Challenging Google, Yahoo!, and MSN to come up with and release some additional helpful features for its users. What would you like to see added to online email applications to make your communications easier? How about some folders in Gmail? Or a notepad?

Microsoft flags Gmail as a virus

Gmail’s popularity may be viral, but the e-mail software is not a virus–despite a Microsoft alert.

From late last week until Sunday night, the Windows Live OneCare security software incorrectly flagged the Google e-mail service as a threat. A warning popped up when OneCare users opened the Gmail Web site, telling them that their systems were infected with a virus called “BAT/BWG.A.”

“This was a limited false positive issue with our antivirus protection,” a Microsoft representative said Monday. “After we became aware of the issue, we released a new antivirus signature that resolved the issue for our customers on Sunday evening.”

The problem started last week, when Google made some changes to its Gmail Web site, Microsoft said. The software maker is reviewing its procedures and processes in order to minimize the occurrence of further false positives, the Microsoft representative said.

Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

False positives happen occasionally with security software. For example, McAfee’s security tools earlier this year flagged Microsoft’s Excel, and other legitimate applications on users’ PCs, as viruses. Also, Symantec this summer identified a Church of England software program as spyware.

Windows Live OneCare is Microsoft’s first consumer antivirus product, released late May. The Gmail issue isn’t the first problem it has had. During testing, OneCare was found to disable Absolute Software’s Computrace LoJack, an application that functions like a homing device to help recover a laptop after it has been lost or stolen.

Typically, false positives can be fixed by updating the signature files in security applications. These signatures are the rules used by the security program to identify malicious software.

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