I and others who use firstname.lastname@example.org email addresses have a serious problem in which we occasionally fail to receive certain email messages that are sent our ieee.org addresses. This is a serious problem, and I’ve finally found a solution.
First, some background. Before the summer of 2013, the IEEE email address was simply an alias, which forwarded email to an actual email account. Some “spam” filtering was provided by IEEE, which could be modified or disabled through the IEEE web portal. In the summer of 2013, IEEE moved to Google Apps. Your ieee.org email now points to a Google Apps account. If you were previously using the alias service, the Google Apps account is configured to simply forward all email to the other account. However, the Google Apps account is also performing spam filtering on your email! When I finally logged in to my IEEE Google Apps account, I found several non-spam messages which had never been delivered because they were mistakenly sent to the spam folder in the Google Apps account (which I never check). Here is how to disable this dangerous and irritating “feature” that may be causing you to lose valuable email messages.
- Sign in to your IEEE Google Apps Account. The username and password are the same ones you use to access the IEEE web portal.
- You should now a Google Apps/Gmail interface. Check your spam folder. You may find several “missing” emails here.
- Click on the gear icon in the upper right corner and select “Settings.” If you click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” you may see that your email is being forwarded to your other email address.
- Disable spam filtering on this account. Go to the “Filters” tab on the Settings page and click “Create a New Filter.” In the “To” field, enter your email@example.com address and click “Create filter with this search.” In the next window, check the box for “Never send it to Spam” and click on “Create Filter.”
Now, all emails (even spam) should be forwarded to the email account that you check on a regular basis, and the spam will be filtered so
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See my recent post about how to enable multi-factor authentication on your IEEE Google email account. You should do so as soon as possible; any Internet-facing account with just a password has not been safe for several years now.