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Email may not have lived up to early expectations that it would kill off the U.S. Post Office, but it (and online Bill Pay, Dropbox, and the like) certainly put a crimp in the mail carrier’s style. Now, Google is giving email a chance to strike another blow: an upcoming feature will make it easier for you to receive bills in your email inbox and pay them from your email. Image credit (all images): Re/codeGoogle’s Pony Express came to light in a document examined by Re/code. Google seems to be seeking partnerships with companies that mail bills for various businesses -- a move that makes a lot of... Read more...
We all know that many users have the same, weak password for most of his or her accounts. Plenty of password services have popped up to help us maintain strong, unique passwords, but not everyone is onboard with these programs. Now Yahoo is taking a stab at helping Joe Q. Public with his password problem with “on-demand passwords” and is touting an upcoming end-to-end (e2e) encryption plugin for Yahoo Mail.  The new feature sends a text message to your phone with a unique, strong password whenever you log into your Yahoo account. The idea is that, so long as you have your phone, you don’t... Read more...
Earlier this month, it was discovered that China was using man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks against Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird email clients, as well as smartphone apps that use IMAP and SMTP protocols. Or did it? A spokesman for the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) claims the allegations that Chinese authorities hacked into Outlook are just "groundless slander." "The Chinese government is a staunch defender of the Internet's security, and resolutely opposes any form of cyberattack," the CAC said. Image Source: Flickr (Robert Scoble) Online censorship... Read more...
Sony is having a tough time figuring out its true enemy (psst, Sony, it's North Korea!). Following a massive cyberattack that resulted in the theft of data and ultimately led to the company cancelling the Christmas Day debut of "The Interview," a far-fetched comedy involving an assassination attempt North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Sony has been threatening different people and entities not involved in the attack with lawsuits. Just last week, Sony's legal team reportedly sent a letter to at least three major news agencies demanding that they stop publishing information... Read more...
Sony has unleashed its legal beagles following a massive ransomware attack that resulted in scores of stolen data, including movie scripts, marketing materials, social security numbers and passport information for high profile actors and actresses, and more. However, Sony isn't siccing its legal team on the party responsible for the attack -- not yet, anyway -- and is instead targeting media outlets with demands to stop publishing information contained in stolen documents. At least three news outlets have received a letter from David Boies, an attorney for Sony, Reuters reports. They include The... Read more...
Microsoft isn't a fan of email bloat, and I think many would fall into the same camp. We're not talking the number of emails here, but rather the clunky and weighty attachments that can come included with some of them. If you're working in an environment where you collaborate often, attachments can become even more cumbersome, especially when you download one and realize the sender re-sent and updated copy later on. Again - clunky, clunky, clunky. To help streamline the entire attachment process, Microsoft has updated its Outlook Web App to allow the sender to attach a file to their OneDrive account,... Read more...
Microsoft is flat out ignoring a federal court order to provide U.S. prosecutors access to a customer's emails being held on a server in Ireland. For Microsoft, this boils down to a matter of trust with its users, and so long as the case continues to maneuver through the appeals process, the Redmond outfit has no intention of complying with the order. Judge Loretta Preska, chief of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, ruled back on July 31 that Microsoft was required to hand over the email messages to U.S. prosecutors investigating a criminal case. However, she temporarily suspended the order... Read more...
Generally speaking, you have a right to privacy when it comes to your email account, except when you're accused of a crime and there's a warrant. That's basically what a New York judge ruled when he upheld a previous order giving the U.S. government full access to the Gmail account of a suspect in a money laundering investigation. At issue here is a controversial warrant granted on June 11 that permitted law enforcement to siphon a suspect's entire Gmail account, including his address book and draft emails, in order to search the emails for evidence in his alleged crime. Though the warrant has... Read more...
Ever since Edward Snowden leaked details on how the government had forced various IT companies to disclose information (or secured their willing cooperation), companies like Google, Facebook, and Microsoft have been desperate to regain their users' trust. Six months ago, Microsoft announced that it would reengineer its products and services to provide a much higher level of security -- today, the company revealed that its reached an important milestone in that process. As of now, Outlook.com uses TLS (Transport Layer Security) to provide end-to-end encryption for inbound and outbound email -- assuming... Read more...
Attention Yahoo Mail users, if you're rocking a browser release that's now dated, you'll need to upgrade to a newer version to continue to have access to all the same features you've grown accustomed to. Beginning June 5, Yahoo will put into effect a new policy to support only the two most recent versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and Safari. If you choose not to upgrade, you'll still have access to your email, but you'll be automatically switched from the full-featured version of Yahoo Mail to the company's Basic Mail experience. "We understand that this policy update may be frustrating... Read more...
AOL has experienced a nasty security breach that exposed a great deal of user information, and the company says that it was the work of criminal hackers, as opposed to some kind of glitch or oversight. “AOL is investigating a security incident that involved unauthorized access to AOL's network and systems. AOL is working with best-in-class external forensic experts and federal authorities to investigate this serious criminal activity,” wrote the AOL Mail Team in a blog post. AOL first noticed that there was a problem when users began seeing an increase in spam in the form of spoofed... Read more...
Ever have a funny feeling you're being watched? You're not being paranoid, you're just savvy to the way things work in the Internet era. Between Uncle Sam keeping tabs on your communications to Google trying to learn what makes you tick so that it has something to sell advertisers, you are indeed being watched. With regards to Google, the sultan of search updated its terms of service (ToS) to make clear that it looks at and analyzes user content and email so that it can offer up ads that might be of more interest, custom search results, and other benefits. "Our automated systems analyze your content... Read more...
Microsoft is reversing course on a recently updated privacy policy that specified it was within its legal right to sift through a user's Hotmail or Outlook email account if the company had reason to believe something illegal was taking place. From here on out, Microsoft will pass the buck to law enforcement officials rather than continue to catch heat from privacy advocates. The issue first came to light when Microsoft received information indicating an employee was providing stolen intellectual property, including code related to its activation process, to a French blogger known for trafficking... Read more...
Through the cries of some users at Apple's official support forums, we learn that a bug with Apple's Mail client can surface when upgrading to the latest version of OS X, Mavericks. And, though it's a simple bug, it's a frustrating one: Email will not refresh (eg: no new mail) unless the app is closed entirely and then relaunched. Fortunately, Apple's aware of the issue. While a fix is being prepared, Apple's offering up some advice to help sooth the pain in the interim. When the "Take all accounts offline" option is used, you can use the "Get all new mail" option which will force the client to... Read more...
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