Tag: email

Sophos says virus counts dropping

Yes. Sophos says the virus counts in emails is waning. While this data point is not necessarily indicative of a trend, let’s call it good news and move on.

Electronic privacy hits another bump in the road

The Justice Department asked a federal magistrate if it could check up on unsuspecting (and not necessarily suspect) email users, but instead of looking at contents, they wanted email header info instead. The magistrate balked, so Justice brought a friendly judge in to seal the deal.

Why would they do such a thing? Let me guess.

I just sent myself an encrypted email message, using everyday old (but extremely strong) PGP software, and turned off the decryption engine a moment later. Whoops, it just arrived back, message garbled for all eternity. But wait…lookee there! Plenty of header information for a paranoid prosecutor to flash in front of a court (smoke and mirrors close at hand, of course), in order to get a deeper surveillance warrant.

Nice. And useless.

Godin talks spam and RSS

The pushback may be because people don’t want to change. Change is tough enough, but when you start talking “average user” and “internet” in the same sentences, it gets even tougher. We’ve barely scratched the surface of the net’s commercial use, and already folks are set in their ways. Seth Godin thinks marketers would be wise to consider RSS as a means to touch users without paying the impending price for access to the same.

It makes a lot of sense. But Seth doesn’t get all the credit, at least from Spamroll. Among others, Rok Hrastnik has been saying this for a while.

Widespread panic about to ensue over email “postage”

postage.jpgAOL (and Yahoo) are about to implement Goodmail sender payment systems into their email, and it has already been noted that individuals have little to fear – the process is for bulk mailers. Invariably, there will be a few delivery problems, but the onus will be on Goodmail and their clients to figure this out. Or, users will simply go to another provider.

Unfortunately, the news will probably cause more problems than the system, as people will misinterpret it as a hit on them. Why do I think this? Because the news is traveling fast – I get this, this, this, this, this, and this in my “inbox” on SuperBowl Sunday.

Phishing threats nearly doubled

According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group, phishing attacks almost doubled in 2005, and aren’t expected to subside anytime soon.

The growth in incoming threats has its good points and bad points. On the positive, the more crappy, faked emails users see, the more aware they become of the situation. That awareness generates the extra care so desperately needed among the layman. It’s the well thought out, well crafted attempt that people really need to watch out for.

What we don’t need, however, is paranoia. If users begin thinking the internet is more dangerous than walking around at night, everyone has a problem.

The next stop in RSS?

Yahoo has just integrated RSS feeds into its webmail, which in and of itself doesn’t seem like such a big deal to me. There are a million and one ways to read a feed, as well as get notified when a new one hits.

But how long will it be until we are subscribing (and responding) to secured RSS feeds? Is this the answer to spam?

Tricky or viral – political email needs help

The general consensus was that politicians didn’t have much of a clue what technology was all about. Then Howard Dean raised a ton of funds via the internet, and everyone jumped on the bandwagon. If I had a poll right now based on a political party’s use of technology as a gauge for results, I’d say the Republicans were about to get their asses handed to them. They are fumbling around with email lists and viral marketing concepts, and the effort is getting all messed up.

UK spammers set to enjoy banner year

According to a recent survey, email marketing in the UK is poised for excellent growth this year.

What’s the number one reason for the enthusiasm? Demand.

With so many big companies in eccommerce, media and publishing, financial services, technology, and travel and leisure vying for eyeballs, it is no wonder that email (and adware ) targeting internet users is still such a booming marketplace.

Unfortunately, along with the legitimate marketers come those who are less so, and as they say, “A rising tide lifts all boats!”

AIM for email

Hot on the heals of the latest trojan exploit targeting AIM users, AOL has announced that they are going to be offering free web-based email, integrated with AIM user data. In other words, every AOL subscriber on the planet will now have an additional email address, and every AIM user will have another as well. The AIM email will be interoperable with the instant messaging component, including naming convention, single login, and direct access to mail through the AIM client window.

I see good, and I see bad.

Outside the US, email is no chatterbox

A recent article from Slate outlines the differences between European and American’s use of email. There are some interesting insights within.