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Dr Sarah Ogilvie: 'Generation Z are savvy - but I don't get all their memes' | Young pe... - 0 views

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    "Why are many Gen Zers averse to sending emails? Because emails are too formal, and not as instant as other forms of communication. So it takes too much time to compose the messages, and then it's difficult to get the formal tone correct, which causes anxiety."
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'Email is a zombie that keeps rising from the dead': the endless pursuit of Inbox Zero ... - 0 views

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    ""A full inbox is a constant reminder of what we have not done and can impact our sense of accomplishment," Lukins says. "Inbox Zero is a powerful strategy we can implement to increase our sense of control about our workflow. Each time we achieve a task, we receive a hit of dopamine that is physically reinforcing, and [we] feel the psychological relief of achievement.""
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'It just doesn't stop!' Do we need a new law to ban out-of-hours emails? | Work & caree... - 0 views

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    "A study last year of 3.1 million workers in North America, Europe and the Middle East found "significant and durable increases" in both the average number of emails sent internally, and the number of recipients. By measuring the time between the first and last emails sent (or meetings attended) in a 24-hour period, the researchers concluded that, since the pandemic, the average workday had extended by 48.5 minutes."
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Train firm's 'worker bonus' email is actually cybersecurity test | Rail transport | The... - 0 views

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    "West Midlands Trains emailed about 2,500 employees with a message saying its managing director, Julian Edwards, wanted to thank them for their hard work over the past year under Covid-19. The email said they would get a one-off payment as a thank you after "huge strain was placed upon a large number of our workforce". However, those who clicked through on the link to read Edwards' thank you were instead emailed back with a message telling them it was a company-designed "phishing simulation test" and there was to be no bonus. It warned: "This was a test designed by our IT team to entice you to click the link and used both the promise of thanks and financial reward.""
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How private is your Gmail, and should you switch? | Gmail | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Most people are aware of the cookies that track them across the web, and the privacy-invading practices of Google search, but did you know Google's email service, Gmail, collects large amounts of data too? This was recently put into stark focus for iPhone users when Gmail published its app "privacy label" - a self-declared breakdown of the data it collects and shares with advertisers as part of a new stipulation on the Apple App Store."
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Homeworking sounds good - until your job takes over your life | John Harris | Opinion |... - 0 views

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    "In September last year, researchers at New York University and Harvard Business School published their analysis of the emails and online meetings of 3.1 million remote workers in such cities as Chicago, New York, London, Tel Aviv and Brussels, in the very early phases of their countries' first lockdowns. They found that the length of the average working day had increased by 8.2%, or nearly 50 minutes, "largely due to writing emails and attending meetings beyond office hours"."
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E-mail Is Making Us Miserable | The New Yorker - 0 views

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    " "The longer one spends on email in [a given] hour the higher is one's stress for that hour," the authors noted. In another study, researchers placed thermal cameras below each subject's computer monitor, allowing them to measure the tell-tale "heat blooms" on a person's face that indicate psychological distress. "
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Spam's new frontier? Now even spinach can send emails | Vegetables | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "It means the specially engineered spinach has embedded within its leaf mesophyll single-walled carbon nanotubes capable of fluorescing with an intensity relative to the level of nitroaromatics taken up by the roots. And then it sends an email."
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Efail: can email be saved? / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The revelation that encrypted email is vulnerable to a variety of devastating attacks (collectively known as "Efail") has set off a round of soul-searching by internet security researchers and other technical people -- can we save email? One way to think about Efail is that it was caused by a lack of central coordination and control over email-reading programs -- the underlying protocols are strong and robust, but they can be implemented in ways that create real problems. In particular, the ability to show HTML inside a message makes email very hard to secure:"
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Email scammers targeted by new bot that inundates them with endless annoying questions ... - 0 views

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    "The organisation is inviting anyone who thinks they've been targeted by a scam email to forward it to Re:scam, which will verify if it is a scam or not. It will then use its own email address to target any scammers it manages to detect.  "
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'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and US | World news | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "Victims of a major ransomware cyberattack that has spread through the US and Europe can no longer unlock their computers even if they pay the ransom. The "Petya" ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft. Infected computers display a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom worth $300. Those who pay are asked to send confirmation of payment to an email address. However, that email address has been shut down by the email provider. "
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Phishing email that knows your address - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The email has good spelling and grammar and my exact home address...when I say exact I mean, not the way my address is written by those autofill sections on web pages, but the way I write my address. "My tummy did a bit of a somersault when I read that, because I wondered who on earth I could owe £800 to and what was about to land on my doormat." She quickly realised it was a scam and did not click on the link."
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Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The US computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971. His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now standard."
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ISPs caught sabotaging their customers' email encryption - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But ISPs in the USA and Thailand have been caught sabotaging STARTTLS, interrupting the negotiation between mail-servers to prevent the encryption bit from being turned on, leaving millions of peoples' email liable to snooping by crooks, governments, spies and others. "
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Email is broken - but Dark Mail Alliance is aiming to fix it | Technology | theguardian... - 0 views

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    ""We were sitting on metadata [information about emails, such as sender, recipient and time of delivery], so we knew it was only a matter of time before someone would come to us," says Mike Janke, Silent Circle's co-founder and chief executive. "Email was different - the rest of our products have no metadata, no IP logging, no way - but email was fundamentally broken.""
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Silent Circle on secure electronic communications: 'You may wish to avoid email altoget... - 0 views

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    "As examples, Kowolowski noted that companies wanting to protect their intellectual property or individuals sending tax returns may be happy to use traditional PGP/SMIME technology to encrypt the body of their messages, but that "a freedom fighter working on an oppressive country" would be just as concerned about the metadata."
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Edward Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit forced to close by US security services ... - 0 views

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    "The secure email service used by US whistleblower Edward Snowden has shut down rather than comply with orders from US security services - and is also legally barred from speaking out. The owner and operator of Lavabit, Ladar Levison, took the service down yesterday "for maintenance" before revealing today that the real reason was demands from US intelligence."
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Lavabit competitor Silent Circle shuts down its secure email service, destroys servers ... - 0 views

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    "Silent Circle, a secure communications company founded by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman, has pre-emptively shut down its secure, encrypted email service and destroyed the servers so that it cannot be forced to reveal its customers' secrets to NSA spooks. "
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Lavabit founder has stopped using email: "If you knew what I know, you might not use it... - 0 views

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    "After discussing the general absurdity and creepiness of not being allowed to freely criticize the government for the order they brought to his company, he concludes by saying that he's stopped using email altogether, and "If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either." "
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