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.

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?...

What is SMTP? Definition and basics

SMTP stands for “Simple Mail Transfer Protocol” – but it’s not that simple. E-mails do not simply travel directly from A to B, but go through several communication and transmission processes that the standard network protocol has been responsible for since the 1980s. As an electronic set of rules from the internet protocol family, SMTP (and its extension, ESMTP) determines important factors such...

What is SMTP authentication? Secure e-mail against spam

Is your mail server configured with SMTP AUTH? If not, you should do so as soon as possible. Professional spammers are happy to see every open relay that they can use for the distribution of their junk mail. Such spam is not only hassle for the receiver, but also unnecessarily increases your server traffic and damages your online reputation. This security gap can be closed with the simple ESMTP...

SMTP error 550: how to fix “Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable” and other SMTP 550 error messages

If you want to send a message with your e-mail client and the sending fails, you’ll receive a corresponding error message from the server, including an SMTP status code. For example, the message “550 Requested action not taken: mailbox unavailable” means that the targeted address couldn’t be reached. Since this problem can have various causes, even more possible solutions exist, some of which you...

Personal e-mail domains: professional communication on the web

A personal e-mail domain is a must in the commercial sphere. Conveying a professional image in your contact details will ensure that customers and businesses take you seriously. Find out about the advantages of having an individual mail domain and learn how to secure a personal e-mail address in just a few steps.