This week's articles & videos
Many free email services now require that you provide a phone number when setting up an account. There are various, and valid reasons for this. The most common objection is, of course, privacy and (unfounded) conspiracy concerns.
Nonetheless there are most definitely some very valid reasons you might not want to provide a phone number, or any personal information when setting up an email account.
This week's featured article Is There an Email Service that Doesn't Require a Phone Number? discusses my recommended alternative, and points to additional options as well.
Also this week: What your IP address says about you (less than you think, unless the police get involved), why the password you know is right doesn't work (hint: it's not right), and how to run a full scan in Windows Defender when people like me suggest you do so.
In addition to videos accompanying the articles above, this week on YouTube it's the age old "Outlook versus Outlook(.com)" confusion, bypassing Keyloggers, and how to know whether or not your computer's been hacked!
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Is There an Email Service that Doesn't Require a Phone Number? My Recommended Approach, and Alternatives
There are legitimate reasons for not wanting to give your phone number to an email service. Let's look at alternatives.
This Week on Ask Leo!
What Can People Tell from My IP Address?People can tell very little from your IP address. For example, they cannot tell who or where you are. How much they can tell varies a great deal.
I Know My Password is Right, But I Can't Sign In. What Do I Do?If your password won't work and your secret questions are all different, it's pretty clear what's happened and what you need to do.
How Do I Run a Full Scan Using Windows Defender (aka Windows Security)? Five Clicks, and When to Do ItHere's a step-by-step guide on running Windows Security to scan for malware.
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How Do I Run a Full Scan Using Windows Defender (aka Windows Security)?Here's a step-by-step guide on running Windows Security to scan for malware.
How Do Outlook and Outlook.com Relate?Microsoft continues to confuse us with product names. I'll clarify the difference between Outlook and Outlook.com, and help you understand which you want.
How Do I Bypass Keyloggers? The Guaranteed Way to Avoid Having Your Keystrokes Maliciously RecordedI hear about techniques to bypass keyloggers often. The problem is, keyloggers can log much more than keystrokes. There's really only one solution: avoid them in the first place.
Has My Computer Been Hacked? A List of Clues and Steps to TakeWhen you see the list of possible hacking signs, it's easy to jump to the conclusion your computer has been hacked. It's usually not the case. Regardless, prevention is always easier than recovery from an actual hack.
Is There an Email Service that Doesn't Require a Phone Number?There are legitimate reasons for not wanting to give your phone number to an email service. Let's look at alternatives.
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