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For those people in the Department who do not use their umn.edu email accounts directly, information about the U's Gmail transition is below.
What is this switch?
The University Office of Information Technology signed a contract with Google to manage central (@umn.edu) email. Physics will continue to run independent email servers.
How does this affect you?
If you do not use your @umn.edu account, instead using your @physics.umn.edu account (or @astro.umn.edu), nothing will change for you. You will need to re-set your email forward preferences after converting however.
Does my e-mail address change?
No. If your e-mail account was JohnDoe@umn.edu while the University was using GopherMail, it will stay JohnDoe@umn.edu when you move to Google.
To which Google products do I have access?
For that information, see the University's FAQ on Google Apps at the University
Next, we will set up so that the University Gmail does not put anything into the Spam Folder. This will prevent legitimate emails being marked as spam, however it also means that ALL SPAM MESSAGES, INCLUDING PHISHING E-MAILS AND HOAXES will now be sent to your @physics.umn.edu (or @astro.umn.edu) e-mail address. As always, remember that all reputable websites will not ask you for secure information (password, name, DOB, SSN, address, etc.) through e-mail and practice safe browsing.