Comcast Email Changeover Goes A Bit Too Far
from the wait-a-second... dept
For months now, I’ve been receiving emails telling me that I need to download some special software that will let me change my attbi.com email address over to a comcast.net email address. Why this changeover is occurring has been covered a few times before. I ignored the messages for a two big reasons: (1) I don’t trust anyone telling me I need to download software to change my email address. That can be easily done within my email client. (2) I don’t use an attbi.com email address. I have a work email address and a personal email address, both of which are on domains that I control. Why should I bother changing anything? As it stands, my current attbi.com email address was just set to forward to my personal email address – and, so far, had only been used to send me messages about downloading this useless software. Now that I’m reading the details about the software, I’m glad I stayed away. First of all, it would have been useless for me, since I don’t use their email. Second, I don’t use the email client they would be adjusting anyway – so their configuration changes would be useless (though, thankfully, wouldn’t screw up my main email account). The most surprising thing, though, is that this software also changes your browser’s homepage. This has absolutely nothing to do with what email account you’re using, and seems pretty damn intrusive. In the meantime, there appears to be no (obvious) documentation on how to set up the new comcast.net email address to forward to your other email addresses – so I’m not setting it up, and I’m assuming I’m not missing anything.