Tuesday, October 18, 2016

how to Put an mail on Hold

When you say you are moving for a month and want to wait 14

days before you start the forwarding, wow, that complicates

things even more. Is it because you won't know your new

address until after you get there? If so, in effect, you

only want your mail forwarded for 16 or 17 days. In general,

USPS will not accept a forwarding order for less than a 30

day time period. But you can get around that by doing the

change for 31 days, then later cancelling the change early.

But there will be problems.

The biggest problem will be the forwarding lag. It will take

10 to 14 days from the date the change of address is

effective for your mail to start showing up at your new

address. So if you are moving on, lets call it day 1, then

won't know what your new address will be until after you get

there on day 14, obviously you cannot file the change of

address until day 15 or so. Then 10 to 14 days later your

mail will start showing up at your new address---- just a

few days before you leave again. So you get your mail for a

few days at your new address. Then when you leave on day 30,

there will be 10 to 14 days worth of mail in the pipeline,

so to speak, that has been forwarded from your old address,

but not recieved yet at the new address. Not a very good

situation-- that's why forwards less than 30 days are not


Another concern with forwarding is that not all mail gets

forwarded. Sometimes, the mail you want the most is not

forwarded. Instead, it's returned to the sender. You see, as

far as USPS is concerned, the sender owns the mail until it

is delivered. So the sender can mail things conditionally by

endorsing the mail "Return Service Requested" where it is

only delivered if the address is correct. So if you have

done a change of address, the Return Service mail goes back

to the sender. It helps the sender keep track of where you

really are. And it is often the mail you want the most that

is mailed this way. I am talking about things like bank

statements, some checks, and some bills.

Now if you know what your new address will be before you

leave your old address, (and yes, General Delivery can be a

new address) things can work better. Start forwarding from

your old address on day 1. Simultaneously, go online and

begin holding the mail at your new address. Then, when you

arrive on day 14 or so, there should be mail waiting for you

at your new address. But the mail that is sent "Return

Service Requested" will still be returned. Also, when you

leave your new address after the month, there will still be

mail in the pipeline. You could solve the pipeline issue by

going online on day 20 or so and holding your mail at your

original address. Then when you know what your new, new

address will be, do another change of address. But things

are starting to get really complicated, aren't they?

Finally, Premium Forwarding Service may be the best

solution. This is the service mentioned in an earlier

response where USPS accumulates your mail for a set period,

even 14 days, then packages all your mail into a priority

parcel and sends it directly to you at your new address.

Although costly, (with an enrollment fee and per package

forwarded fee), it will get you all your mail on the

schedule you decide. Return Service Requested mail will not

be returned, rather it will be put in the parcel going to

you at your new address. See your post office at your

original address to sign up.

How to stop Spam mail

Check who it’s from. Spam will almost always come from an unrecognized sender, often with odd email addresses. That doesn’t mean that all unrecognized email is spam. Legitimate newsletters, website administration emails (password resets, authentication requests, etc.), and more may come from addresses you don’t recognize.

Don’t give out your email address online. “Robots” (scripts created to scrape websites for addresses) can quickly gather thousands of emails at a time from websites where the email addresses are made public. Also, sometimes humans actually grab e-mails off websites to use them for sign-up offers in order to get free stuff (iPods, Ringtones, Televisions, etc.).

Make your email address unscannable. If you must provide contact information, try writing it out in creative ways (me [at] yahoo [dot] com). There are alternative ways of displaying your e-mail address while making it hard for spambots to harvest it. Such methods include using image picture of your e-mail address or using JavaScript to dynamically construct the display of your email.

If you fancy joining a directory, BBS or social site, you might want to do a web search of the site for anything looking like e-mail addresses first. If you find loads of addresses, then the site is not secure and you should not give them your information!

If you need to provide an e-mail address to verify an online account and you do not want them to have your real address, you can use name@mailinator.com. You do not need to set up an account at mailinator.com; just check the inbox for whatever name you chose. Be aware that anybody can see the email sent to mailinator.com if they can guess what name you used. Also, mailinator.com only keeps emails for a few hours and automatically strips any attachments.
Avoid clicking links within Wiki essays. A current spam attack involves “essay spammers”, where spammers insert random links to sites related to essay-writing services. Another spam attack is spambots creating random pages related to subjects like UGG Boots. These pages also include random links to other subjects, whether or not they are related to the subject or even placed in a grammatically coherent way.

You could alternatively use https://meandmyid.com which allows you to create infinite, unique, private email addresses. The emails are forwarded to your personal email account so remain private but you can block or delete any addresses which subsequently attract spam.

There are two things you can do to find out if you have a harvesting problem at your e-mail address or website.

If you have a website, open your Contacts page in a browser such as Firefox and then examine the page source. This is usually found under View > Page Source. On the source window, Press Control-F (find) and enter an @ symbol. Press enter. Keep pressing F3 (search again) until you've found all @’s in the code. Make a note of any which look like e-mail addresses. If any are found, contact your website maintainer and insist these websites are protected against spam harvesting.

Search for your email address in Google, or any major search engine. If you find that the source of a listed page has got your address on it, contact the owners of all such pages and get them to remove or protect your address.