A new Senate bill would let the FBI and other law enforcement agencies access the contents of any US citizen’s email without a court order during investigations. Instead, the FBI would need just a National Security Letter, which would force companies to provide email access to the agency without alerting the person who’s being investigated. The FBI can already access phone records without a court order, but that law doesn’t apply to email conversations.
In 2016, email is inescapable. If you check your email less than 10 times a day, consider yourself lucky, because it has completely taken over many people’s lives. In fact, it’s hard to imagine how we’d communicate to anyone other than family and friends if we didn’t have email to rely on, which makes videos like the one you’re about to watch below all the more hysterical.
When you send an email to someone, it goes through something called Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), a standard that was first developed in the 1980s and that lacks the ability to fully encrypt our messages. Because of this, a group of engineers from several different companies — including from Microsoft, Google, Comcast and LinkedIn — are working on a new proposal that would update the standard to ensure full encryption for all email messages. More →
Email was destroying my life, so I destroyed email.
Back in 2013, I decided I could no longer deal with the flood of email I received every day. Something had to change and I spent weeks testing different applications and creating a new workflow aimed at simplifying my email routine. It worked. I landed on an app called Mailbox that would completely change the way I handled email, and things got even better once Mailbox, now owned by Dropbox, released a Mac client. I had the same experience on my smartphone and PC, and it was reasonably smooth sailing.
Then Dropbox ruined everything. More →
The NSA and other Western spy agencies came under intense scrutiny following the massive Snowden leaks that revealed their tremendous powers when it comes to collecting increasing amounts of personal data. And while the U.S. government had to take steps to try to limit the NSA’s reach following these revelations, it turns out that the intelligence agency can bypass existing laws and still collect plenty of data – such as email – even though it’s not supposed to be legal
You may not know it, but many people who send you email know the exact moment you open it and even where you happen to be when you open it. As The New York Times explains, many people and companies have been using small pieces of code that can track both the location and the time when someone opens up the emails they send. In the piece’s example, an investor immediately received a phone call from a startup company shortly after he opened an email that he received from it earlier in the day. Essentially, they knew the exact moment he opened up the message and pounced to see if they could spark his interest in making an investment. More →
The tech world this week has been abuzz with word that a high school student managed to hack the into the AOL email of CIA Director John Brennan, gaining access to his personal information and otherwise sensitive security information in the process. Rather than employing some high-tech wizardry in order to gain access, the hacker primarily relied on tried and true social engineering techniques.
Lost in the shuffle, though, is a question that has undoubtedly crossed everyone’s mind: Why in the world is the director of the CIA, of all people, still using an AOL email address? It’s a complicated and thorny question, but we managed to come up with a few explanations which may help shed some light on the issue.
We’re waiting for some bright-eyed tech company to come up with a system to fix everything we hate about email, but in the meantime we can do some things ourselves to make it more tolerable. In fact, here are nine hacks we can use to make using email much less annoying. More →
Because you’ve used the Internet at least once in your life, you’ve probably gotten emails from someone claiming to be the deposed Prince of Nigeria who says he will send you his entire fortune as long as you send him your bank account information. British comedian James Veitch has received several such emails over his career but unlike the rest of us, he hasn’t just tossed them into the trash. Instead, he’s responded to them at length and has trolled his would-be scammers in the most hilarious way. More →
Email is probably the most annoying thing you have to deal with on a daily basis. Many companies claim they’ve fixed email for you, with Google’s Inbox being one example, and there are ways to destroy email if you take the time. But email is not going anywhere anytime soon, and chances are you’re doing it wrong, especially at work.
Thankfully, there are some simple tricks you can use to significantly improve your email skills for both work-related and personal email. More →
If I were to charge people to email me, I could likely retire before the year is done. I get more than 100 emails per day on a slow day, and my inbox can easily top 200 emails on a busy day. This, of course, is why I had no choice but to destroy email.
Of course, it wouldn’t be ethical for me to charge companies to pitch me, so I would never use a service like Wrte.io. For others out there without ethical barriers, however, a service that lets you charge people to email you might just be your new favorite thing in the world. More →