Ask Leo! #533 – Getting Spam from Yourself, Windows 10, My Depressing Survey on Backups and more…

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Why am I getting spam from myself?

I get email from:

where "" is someone I don't know, but "" 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 box? 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 mail boxes.

The remedies are pretty standard, albeit less than 100% effective.

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Back Up Smartphone Photos Using Dropbox

I'm going to take a small departure from my usual PC-centric discussions, and talk for a moment about using your smartphone.

Specifically, since I'm such a fan of Dropbox, I want to show you how to install and use Dropbox as an automatic way of backing up the photographs you take using your smartphone.

I'll use my Android-based Samsung Galaxy Note for these examples, but the concept applies to just about any smartphone running either IOS or Android.

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Do You Back Up?

This past month I've focused a little more specifically on backups. Not that every month isn't "backup month" here at Ask Leo!, but at the risk of over-saturating you with backup-related information, I elected to try and run with a little bit of a theme.

Today, I want to explain why.

I've been running a little survey, and the results are not encouraging.

Continue Reading: Do You Back Up?


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Malware is short for malicious software.

Malware is a kind of catchall phrase that encompasses pretty much any kind of software that could cause harm to your data or your machine. It includes software such as viruses, spyware, adware, Trojans, worms, scareware and more.

The term was probably developed by people (like me) who didn't want to keep writing out "viruses and spyware and adware and …" when writing about current internet threats.

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Featured Comments

If I Had to Do It All Over Again...

Bewildered Bob writes:

Leo: the course taken in high school l-o-n-g ago which i hated was TYPING (which was for girls not future engineers). I thrived on math & science but only tolerated typing since it was needed to graduate and supposedly would help in college. Now many years later I'm a retired engineer and guess which skill was most used during more than 40 years in the "real world" - TYPING. The tech stuff has been somewhat useful but keyboard knowledge has been most helpful over the years. Apparently the high school administrators knew something i didn't as a teenager.


Using Dropbox for Nearly Continuous Document Backup

Paul Braden writes:

For a very long time, many, many articles have been written on how bad Dropbox is for your privacy. Here is one of the articles from PCWorld.

Leo writes:

Which is why the article talks about "Dropbox or Dropbox-like services" and I also talk about BoxCryptor in other articles. I do believe most of the privacy scares are overblown, but there are many ways to address it.

Rich Deem writes:

The only disadvantage is that if you accidentally delete the file from your dropbox folder, it instantly disappears from your computer and the "backup". So not good!

Leo writes:

Actually quite good, since as the article points out, Dropbox maintains file history - you can get it back.

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If You Hated Windows 8 ... Give Windows 10 a Chance

If you hate Windows 8, chances are your mind is already made up about Windows 10 – and not in a good way.

And that's a shame.

Actually, both opinions are a shame. There's still no reason to hate Windows 8, and Windows 10 fixes some of the most common complaints that Windows 8 generated.

OK, perhaps the most common complaint.

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