In the last installment
of our regular how-to series, we showed how you can set up an iOS device to get unique alerts when emails are received from your VIP contacts. In this article, we're going to show you how to do the same thing on your Mac.
In the native Mail application in macOS, the standard way of ensuring you receive new message notifications from VIPs is to go into Mail's Preferences
and select VIPs in the New message notifications
Setting up VIP alerts this way is all well and good, but it prevents you from receiving notifications for all other messages coming into your inbox.
A better solution would be to set up a rule in Mail that plays a specific sound or bounces the Dock icon when a message is received and the sender is in your VIP list. Here's how to do it.
How to Get a Unique Alert for VIP Emails
- Launch the Mail app on your Mac.
- Select Preferences... from the Mail menu bar.
- Select the Rules tab.
- Click Add Rule.
- Give your rule a name in the Description field.
- For If, select Any.
- For the first condition, select Sender is VIP from the first dropdown list.
- Under Perform the following actions: select Play Sound from the first dropdown list. (Another option available here is Bounce Icon in Dock.)
- Under Perform the following actions: choose a sound to play from the second dropdown list.
- Click OK.
- Click Apply.
With the rule set up, you'll now get a unique alert for every VIP mail you receive that you'll be able to distinguish from regular new message notifications as they come through.Discuss this article
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If you use the VIP feature
in the iOS Mail app then you'll already know how they can help you keep track of important messages from your key contacts amid the daily torrent of incoming emails.
Keeping on top of VIP emails can be made even easier by ensuring you receive a specific sound or vibration alert whenever one comes through on your iPhone or iPad. That way you'll know if a new message justifies your immediate attention before you've even looked at your iOS device. Here's how to set them up.
- Launch the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.
- Tap Mail in the list.
- Tap Notifications.
- Tap VIP.
- Tap Sounds.
- Choose a unique sound from the list or tap Vibration to select a special vibration. The default sound alert is Ding (Classic), so be sure to choose something different.
With that done, the next time you receive an email from one of your VIPs, you'll get the unique notification alert and immediately know it's an important message.Discuss this article
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Security researchers are warning users of PGP/GPG email encryption plugins not to use the software, after critical vulnerabilities were discovered
that could potentially be used reveal the plaintext of encrypted emails.
The official advice from security researchers is to disable and/or uninstall the affected software until the vulnerabilities are disclosed and fixes can be issued. In the meantime, users are advised to seek alternative end-to-end encrypted channels such as Signal
to send and receive sensitive content.
This short how-to guides users through the steps necessary to remove the popular open-source encryption plugin GPG Tools (GPGMail)
from Apple Mail. GPGTools has also since published a temporary workaround
that they believe mitigates against similar so-called "Efail" attacks.
How to Uninstall GPG Tools from Apple Mail
- Quit Apple Mail if it is running (Mail -> Quit Mail in the menu bar).
- Click on the desktop and in the Finder menu bar, select Go -> Go to Folder....
- In the Go to Folder dialog that appears, type /Library/Mail/Bundles and click Go.
- Delete the GPGMail.mailbundle file by either dragging it to the trash in your dock or by right-clicking (Ctrl-clicking) it and selecting Move to Trash in the contextual dropdown menu. If you don't see the mailbundle file, return to the previous step but type ~/Library/Mail/Bundles in the Go to Folder dialog (note the tilde (~) character denotes your home folder).
- Enter your administrator password if prompted to confirm the action.
After following the above steps, the GPG Tools email plugin will be gone from Apple Mail the next time you launch the client.Discuss this article
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