👍 #819 – What’s the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?

Confident Computing #819 - What's the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?

This week's articles & videos

Account, Service, Address, Program. What do all these terms have in common? Two things:

They're all about email.

They're important to get right.

When it comes to technology, terminology matters, particularly when you're asking questions. Most commonly, confusing an email program with an email service can really make getting the information you need difficult when you run into problems.

This week's featured article: What's the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service? tries to clear up the confusion.

Also this week: Why nothing you post online can ever truly be deleted, and yet when you try to find it you can't; "SupportAssist" on Dell computers and similar utilities from other manufacturers; and the best way to avoid unexpected Windows 10 Update restarts.

Video this week: In addition to videos accompanying some of the articles above, there are also a couple of Ask Leo! Tips of the Day made open to all, and three ways to test backups.

Important: even if you're not "into" video, if something sounds interesting I suggest you check it out. You don't need to watch the video, but in the description underneath you'll almost always find a link to a companion, written article posted on Ask Leo!.

Ask Leo! Live!

Time flies! This Saturday it's the first-Saturday of the month (August already?!) and that means a session of Ask Leo! Live. This months topic: email interfaces. Specifically I'll spend some time in Gmail, and if I have time Outlook.com, reviewing some of the common, and some of the lesser-known, features and functionality.

Saturday, August 1st, at 2PM US Pacific Time. askleo.com/liveinfo for the latest information, and askleo.com/live for links to the live YouTube video once things are set up there.

The TEH Podcast

Gary talks about the new iOS feature causing confusion and frustration among app users and developers alike. I share my recommendation for truly private email that doesn't require a phone number. Gary admits to enjoying my recommendation of Warrior Nun, and I go shopping at Walmart. Really. All that and the still ubiquitous "more" in TEH 107: Snoopy apps, phone number paranoia, spam, online shopping competition and more fighting nuns..

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Stay safe. Stay healthy. Wear a mask. Be kind.

Leo

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What's the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, and an Email Service?

Terminology around email can be confusing, and lead to incorrect answers to misstated questions. I'll review some common and important terms.

https://askleo.com/4436

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This Week on Ask Leo!

How Do You Delete Things from the Internet? - Why the Internet is Forever, Except When It

How Do You Delete Things from the Internet? - Why the Internet is Forever, Except When It's Not

Realistically, it's impossible to delete things from the internet. Yet in an apparent contradiction in terms, if you happen to delete something in your control, you also can't get it back.
https://askleo.com/27274

What Is SupportAssist and Should I Let It Run?

What Is SupportAssist and Should I Let It Run?

While I don't recommend third-party driver update tools, the tools provided by your computer's manufacturer are a different story.
https://askleo.com/124314

Avoiding Windows 10 Update Restarts at Inopportune Times - Simple Solutions Avoiding Hacks

Avoiding Windows 10 Update Restarts at Inopportune Times - Simple Solutions Avoiding Hacks

Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I'll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.
https://askleo.com/124348

This Week on YouTube

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Tip of the Day: Customize the Command Prompt

If you spend any significant time in the Command Prompt, you may want to customize its appearance to be a little more to your liking.
https://youtu.be/TeDURoTFKos

Tip of the Day: The Power of Right-click

Right-clicking is a shortcut to a wide variety of functions appropriate for whatever you've selected.
https://youtu.be/XcOndx_9fAM

Avoiding Windows 10 Update Restarts at Inopportune Times - Simple Solutions Avoiding Hacks

?? Windows Update has been known to cause Windows restarts at inopportune times. I'll outline the approach I recommend to keep restarts in control.
https://youtu.be/V1GZ8r2b8W8

How Do I Test Backups? 3 Practical Steps to Make Sure the Safety Net Will Work

?? It's a good idea to test backups before disaster strikes. Unfortunately, a complete test can be risky. I'll look at some alternatives.
https://youtu.be/DhgvB0qbeKY

What Is SupportAssist and Should I Let It Run?

?? While I don't recommend third-party driver update tools, the tools provided by your computer's manufacturer are a different story.
https://youtu.be/XmATl8L4qLI

What's the Difference Between an Email Account, an Email Address, an Email Program, or Service?

?? Terminology around email can be confusing, and lead to incorrect answers to misstated questions. I'll review some common and important terms.
https://youtu.be/D1UcH3Qa6Uo

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