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"Stuff" accumulates. Much like moving into a bigger home, it seems stuff on our computer's disks seems to expand to fill all the available space. No matter how big or small our hard disk is, eventually it fills up.
Windows Disk Cleanup Utility to the rescue.
Particularly if you haven't yet removed the old versions of Windows itself, you might find it can free up a bunch of space.
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Spam is never ending. And yes, you can get spam from yourself, without being compromised, without being hacked, and without being at fault. And, unfortunately, without being able to do much about it.
One of the things people would love to be able to do is trace spam back to its origin. We can look at the IP addresses in email, but chances are it won't help all that often.
Bandwidth is a term you hear often, but do you know what it means? It started out meaning one thing, arguably much older than computing itself, but now means something almost completely different, albeit slightly related.
More of a tweak, to be honest.
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Over time, it's not uncommon for files to accumulate on your system — unused files, old files, or files you no longer need. There are many reasons for this buildup, if you dig into to the details.
Fortunately, you don't need to dig into details to clean things up; Windows includes a helpful disk clean-up tool for just this kind of thing.
Let's walk through using Windows Disk Cleanup.
Continue Reading: Using Windows Disk Cleanup
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where “email@example.com” is someone I don't know, but “firstname.lastname@example.org” is, in fact, my email address. It as if I was getting spam from myself, but I did not send it.
How do I stop these emails from coming into my inbox? How do I stop them from being sent? It's usually for drugs or financial services that I don't need or would never be interested in. How can they use my own email? I can't block them, as it says it is illegal to block my own email.
I'll start with the bad news: there's almost nothing you can do.
This is spam, pure and simple. Abusing your email address is only one of many techniques spammers use to throw their garbage into our mailboxes.
The remedies are pretty standard, albeit less than 100% effective.
Continue Reading: Why Am I Getting Spam from Myself?
The super short answer is: probably not.
The longer answer is more complex, and includes a few maybes. There are scenarios where occasionally the sender's IP address information is included in email, but it's not common.
And whether or not that will tell you which iPhone sent the message is even more unlikely.
Continue Reading: How Do I Find the IP Address of an Email's Sender?
I'm going to bring out the oldest metaphor I have to try and put a handle on how fast is fast. No math (ok, not much), but first just a teeny, tiny bit of computerese.
And, of all things, radio.
Continue Reading: What is Bandwidth as It Applies to My Computer?
Unfortunately, the answer is:
- All of the above
Email bounce messages are both annoying and informative. They can help you fix a problem with an email you've sent, or they can simply be another message in a big pile of spam.
Unfortunately, about the only thing you can count on is that you cannot count on bounce messages.
Continue Reading: Can I Count on Mail to a Bad Address Bouncing Back?
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