What is behind the term SMTP relay?

Server, service, protocol, or process? The definition of the term “STM relay” has fueled raging debate on the internet. What exactly are “smarthosts” and “open mail relays” in this context? Where do you get an “SMTP relay server” – and what do you need it for? The answers are simpler than expected and we will provide additional clues to better understand the subject of sending e-mails. Everything...

Outlook: how to change your password for mail accounts, data files, and in the web app

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most popular client solutions for retrieving and managing e-mails. Using the software, multiple e-mail accounts can be easily combined and controlled through one interface. For this purpose, Outlook only needs information about the corresponding mail server and the respective log-in data. If you change these, you only have to adjust them in the client settings. But...

WinZip alternatives: the best programs at a glance

Those seeking a powerful file archiver often fall back on WinZip. The tool allows users to quickly and easily compress files into archives or read already compressed data. WinZip also offers other useful features, which are available for a fee as soon as you’ve completed your trial period. However, if you don’t want to pay for file compression, there are various free WinZip alternatives to take...

What do you do when your Outlook search function is not working?

Microsoft Outlook is one of the most frequently used e-mail programs worldwide. It’s unsurprising then that there are a multitude of approaches to solving its everyday problems. Especially when it comes to e-mail traffic, it can be annoying when Outlook search suddenly stops working. Restarting the program or PC is often enough to solve problems with the Outlook search function. But what should...

Creating an e-mail signature – a step-by-step guide

Why bother creating an elaborate greeting at the end of an e-mail when you could simply let your e-mail program do the work for you? E-mail signatures have been a practical way to save time and provide the recipient with important information such as telephone number or homepage for a long time, and not just in office life. Links and images can even be seamlessly added in many cases. But how are...

Recalling an e-mail – how it works

It comes to the rescue when you think it’s too late: Outlook’s recall function enables you to delete e-mails after you’ve sent them or to replace them with a new version. However, it only works under certain conditions. We explain how to recall Outlook messages you’ve already sent, and provide possible reasons why the recall function might not work.

1Password alternatives: the best password managers

Password managers are extremely practical tools to help remember the passwords for the many online accounts you may have. They usually work via browser extensions or desktop apps, and are available across most operating systems. Among the many password managers, 1Password has established itself as a solid tool for many users. However, 1Password is relatively expensive and there are doubts about...

What is an SMTP Server?

Anyone familiar with the technicalities of the e-mail sending process will invariably come across the term “SMTP server” at some point. But how exactly does this unit of hardware and software – which invisibly transports the typical consumer’s e-mail from A to B – work? Understanding how this type of server functions is information that can be used to your advantage when it comes to manually...

Outlook: forward e-mails automatically

Holidays, illness, or business trips – there are many reasons for absence from work. Checking your e-mail may not be possible in these cases. E-mails are usually still received and should not remain unanswered – forwarding your e-mail with outlook is a great solution. You can set automatic e-mail forwarding in outlook, so a colleague receives all your emails. How to forward e-mails in outlook?...

E-mail etiquette: tips for good internet communication

Every day, over 200 billion e-mails are sent around the world – although many of them aren’t received with much enthusiasm. In order for your business e-mails to stand out in all this chaos, you should pay attention to e-mail etiquette. If you stick to the most important rules, your e-mails will appear polite, but at the same time, serious. Messages like these will be happily answered.

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1&1 IONOS E-mail Guide: everything need to know about e-mails

Most people couldn’t imagine a life without e-mails. Whether you use them to communicate for business or personal reasons, e-mails have practically replaced traditional letters. Over 200 billion e-mails are sent around the world each day and despite the rise in social media and instant messaging, they show no sign of slowing down. Our E-mail Guide forms part of the 1&1 IONOS Digital Guide and is dedicated to the basic framework of the e-mail–from the technical security requirements to marketing strategies you should use when sending business e-mails. The contents of this E-mail Guide cater for both beginners as well as more experienced computer users.

The E-mail Guide’s target audience

The numerous e-mail tips in the guide are aimed at a wide readership, from hobbyists and novices to IT and e-mail marketing professionals. Owners of small and medium-sized companies can also benefit from articles that provide information on how to create business e-mails and build successful e-mail marketing campaigns. The e-mail guide takes into consideration that readers have different levels of IT knowledge; as well as introductory articles on FAQs (e.g. ‘How is an e-mail sent?’ or ‘What should an e-mail header contain?’) there are also more detailed and specific articles such as ‘E-mail encryption with PGP’ or ‘Creating individual newsletter templates’.

The E-mail Guide’s structure and topics

In 1&1 IONOS’s Digital Guide, the E-mail Guide offers three different subcategories. Under ‘E-mail marketing’ you can read about marketing trends as well as tips on direct marketing via e-mail. The ‘E-mail security’ subcategory mainly deals with e-mail encryption and how to handle spam and phishing e-mails. Lastly, under ‘Technical matters’, you’ll find various articles about structure, operation and storage of e-mails and the corresponding software. In our guide, we provide detailed information on everything to do with e-mails, presented to you in a clear and understandable way.