Setting up Apple Mail for IONOS

Written: September 29, 2020

The Apple Mail app comes built-in with any Apple iPhone, iPad or MacBook laptop. There is a one-time setup process, here’s how to do it on a Mac:
 
Open you Applications folder and click on: Mail
 

Fill out the three fields for your new mail account:

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Fill out these fields:

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Click: Done

That’s it. Mail setup is a one-time process, now you get to enjoy your new email account on your Apple device.

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SharePoint Phishing Scam

Written: August 13, 2020

Landing in my email inbox this morning was a respectable-looking message that had a SharePoint logo at the bottom of it, but I suspected that it may be a Phishing scheme to steal my identity.

Phishing email with SharePoint

I didn’t fall for this Phishing scam by clicking the Orange button labeled Open, because of several factors:

On closer inspection if I just hover my cursor over the Open button it reveals where this Phishing email wants to send me:

Phishing address
Malicious Address, Do Not Click Open

That web address is not really legitimate, because a real address would be something like www.ionos.com, not mail-ionos.fa523.web.app.

Summary

Be suspicious of every email sent to your address, because these Phishing schemes are intended to send you to a fake web site where they will steal your username and password combination, then take over your digital identity on one or more web sites. Use some of the techniques that I listed to determine if this email message is real or Phishing.

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Failing to Test an Email Newsletter

Written: April 2, 2020

I’m an avid cyclist and belong to three clubs here in the Northwest. The Cascade Bicycle Club puts on the annual Seattle To Portland (STP) ride each year, an epic 205 mile endurance ride that I have signed up for in 2020. Today the club sent out an email newsletter, which is always a good way to communicate with the membership, and they asked me to take a survey, so I clicked the button to help provide feedback.

Clicking the link opened up a new tab in my web browser, so far, so good, but then I saw this warning:

So what happened?

Well, the person that designed the form forget to actually test out the email newsletter from a typical club member. The result will likely be that Zero people actually get to fill out the survey, which totally defeats the purpose.

Yes, your organization has to have in place a proper testing procedure to ensure that accidents like this don’t happen to an entire membership list. It’s quite likely that the club will respond to my email and fix the Google Form permission, opening up the survey to actual members, and that the club should re-send their email to:

I make mistakes almost every day, so when I learn from my mistake then progress is made.

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Keeping Your Website Updated

Written: March 26, 2020

In the early days of the web we hand-coded every site and there were lots of static HTML files, then we started to add styling in a separate CSS file, and finally we added interactivity with Javascript files. As Content Management Systems (CMS) appeared like WordPress, the idea was to re-use common sections of your website like the Header, Footer, Sidebar and Content areas, so using a programming language like PHP was used. The PHP language is constantly being improved, so that means that there are versions, and sometimes your website may be using an older version of the PHP language, so in WordPress you will see a warning dialog like this one:

 

The way to update the PHP version is to login at your web hosting vendor, and browse around the Control Panel to find out where they allow PHP versions to be changed. My favorite web hosting company is ionos.com and when I login the first click is on: Hosting

Next, I select which hosting package, because I’m a web developer I do hosting for several clients:

In the control panel I select: PHP

Finally, I select which domain should have a PHP version updated.

It’s a best practice to keep your PHP version updated to the latest supported version in order to get the best performance and security benefits. Older versions of PHP are being phased out, and a CMS like WordPress will simply alert you when your PHP version is too old.

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