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How can I block Robocalls?

Episode 1532

Gary from Buffalo, New York

Caller has Google Fi and would like to block calls by area code. Leo says that robocalls are the bane of smartphones and studies show that by next year, up to 80% of all calls will be robocalls to cellphones. Blocking an area code is extreme, but Leo says that Google is working on a technology that will route robo calls, or require them to identify themselves. Google Voice already does that. There's also an app called PreFixer which will block a number by prefix. Another interesting app is Signal Spy, which lets you choose the network you want with Google Fi.

Why is my email going into my friend's spam filter?

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Episode 1524

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard has been having problems emailing a friend because his emails go into her spam folder. Rich says that she may have accidentally marked one of his emails as spam by mistake and Yahoo is now looking at all of his emaiil as spam. He should go into her spam folder and click on the message to report as "not spam". She can also mark his email as a safe sender, and create a filter that will reroute the email back into her inbox.

Am I getting spam?

Episode 1501

Earl from Alpine, CA

Earl has an iMac and a Samsung phone. He's getting email from someone he just had a conversation with via email, though it isn't him. Leo says it's possibly being spoofed, where the sending address has been added using his own contacts. Check the headers. Chances are, it's just spam.

How can I prevent getting spam?

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Episode 1478

Terry from Bozeman, MT

Terry's computer has gotten old enough that it can't be updated anymore. How can she set up a new computer so that it won't get spam? Leo says that free email is prone to spam, but each has varying degrees of spam filters. Gmail has really good spam filters, for instance. Leo recommends Gmail and she can have it go get her Outlook mail, then filter out the spam. She can also keep the mail on the webmail server, so it never stays on her computer.

How can I get rid of spam in Outlook?

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Episode 1477

Larry from Burbank, CA

Larry is tired of spam and wants to know how to get rid of it in Outlook. Leo says to wash the email through Gmail. He can open an account at Gmail, and then have it pick up his Outlook mail. That way Google will wash the spam out of his email and then he can pick it up through his Outlook client. That's free. There is a paid service called OnlyMyEmail, but Leo says that Gmail does a great job.

How can I send text messages to large lists?

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Episode 1438

Alexandra from Fullerton, CA

Alexandra works for a non-profit and she's having issues sending text messages to large lists of clients. There's now a limit of only 10 per text. Leo says the same thing happened with email. It's all because of spam, so they're limiting it. That's why Leo recommends a mass text service. Leo recommends EasyTexting.com. They offer low cost or even free service for non-profits.

Why am I getting a ton of bounced messages from people I don't know?

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Episode 1433

Vic from San Diego, CA

Vic is bombarded by email addresses that an email can't be delivered. Leo says that Vic's email has been "spoofed" by spammers and that they have been using his in the From address line. The bad news is that there's really nothing he can do about it. The good news is, it usually stops shortly as they move on to another email address to spoof. He can set up a filter to send those emails to the trash and never see them, though. He should use "Mailer Daemon" as the criteria. That's usually what sends the bounced spam message.