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Email Security

Facebook says it ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million People’s Email Contacts without Their Consent

You are still using Facebook? Read the article in Business Insider at http://bit.ly/2UFGCNU and I bet you will change your mind. This sort of thing happens much too often with Facebook. It seems that the contents of 1.5 million people’s contact books were directly harvested by Facebook. That’s 1.5 million address books which contained a much larger number of names and email addresses. The total number of people whose contact […]

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Microsoft’s Outlook.com Has Been Compromised for Months, Email Addresses and Subject Lines,and More Were Left Exposed

If you or someone you contact via e-mail uses Microsoft’s webmail services, such as Outlook.com, then it is possible that you have been involved in a data breach. If so, it’s time to change all your online passwords! Microsoft confirmed to TechCrunch this week that the firm’s webmail services have been a victim of a data breach. Data on customers was left exposed through a support agent’s credentials which were […]

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Russia Blocks Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail

If ProtonMail’s encryption is so good that the Russians are afraid of it, then it must be very good encryption! This latest announcement from the state Federal Security Service, formerly the KGB, may turn out to be the best advertising that ProtonMail could ever obtain! Instead of being “Banned in Boston,” ProtonMail is now proudly “Banned in Moscow.” Well, the ban is perfect just yet. Some Russians are still able […]

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Why You Might Want to Run Your Own Email, Address Book, and Calendar Server at Home

In case you never thought about it, companies that offer “free” email services are not charities. Everything they do is designed with one primary objective in mind: make a profit for the company that offers the service. Yes, this applies to Google Gmail, Yahoo, AOL Mail, Mail.com (owned by the 1&1 web hosting service), Yandex.Mail (a Russian company), iCloud.com (owned by Apple), and Outlook.com (previously called HotMail and some other […]

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The Next Version of the Thunderbird Email Program Will Feature Encrypted Messages and Chats

The Mozilla Foundation has announced that a new version of the popular Thunderbird software for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux is in the works. Thunderbird is available free of charge and presently has about 25 million users. Several new features are planned. Privacy advocates will notice that the next release will include encrypted messages as well as encrypted chat capabilities. The plan is to make encryption in Thunderbird “just work” without […]

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ProtonMail’s FREE Secure Email Service

Normal email messages are sent in plain text. That means that such messages are easily intercepted and read by hackers, government spies, corporations, and others. Of course, it is easy to block such espionage by using encryption. However, very few email users ever do that. The lack of email encryption is sad as it is so easy to implement. My belief is that everyone should use encrypted email all the […]

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