I think it’s totally up to me whether I decide to open an email or not. But apparently, others are not of the same opinion. That’s why they use mail tracking applications, a breed of software that will let the sender of an email know when you read their message.
I find it invasive, even more offending than link trackers (most mail trackers track links as well). And as it happens, most—but not all—of the tracked emails I receive are of little value. That’s why I block mail trackers and let their users think their emails were never opened.
So if you find email tracking creepy, here’s what you need to know about how it works and how you can stop it. Continue reading
Man in the middle attacks. Social engineering. Large scale data breaches. Government surveillance. Device theft. Those are just some of the threats standing in your way as you try to carry on a safe digital life.
APTs. Three letter agencies. Script kiddies. State-sponsored hackers. Cybercrime rings. Data-hungry corporations. Jealous coworkers. Disgruntled employees.
And those are just some of the sources that those threats might come from.
The point is, as more of our lives become digitized and stored on computers and online servers, our data becomes more valuable and makes us more vulnerable to cyberattacks. Continue reading
News broke last week that Yahoo has allowed intelligence agencies to scan user emails. This comes at a very bad time for Yahoo, right on the heels of its 500 million user account data breach—made public earlier this month—and while the company is trying to be acquired Verizon for the meager price of $4.8 billion.
Other tech giants immediately denied having had similar cooperation with government agencies in the wake of the Yahoo leak, though they all have a track record of wholesaling their data to government agencies under the NSA’s PRISM program. Continue reading