VentureBeat: ProtonMail could reroute connections through Google to circumvent censorship. “Proton Technologies, the company behind encrypted email provider ProtonMail, has announced plans to circumvent censorship by routing connections to its servers through third-party infrastructure, which may include Google — a company that ProtonMail has long been critical of over its privacy practices.”
Wired: A Simple New Tool Lets You Open Email Attachments Without Fear. “Micah Lee, the head of information security for First Look Media, plans to release an alpha version of a free tool called Dangerzone on GitHub [next Sunday], timed to a talk about it at the Nullcon conference in Goa, India. Dangerzone is a simple quarantine program that allows anyone to sanitize untrusted documents, neutering any tracking beacons, malicious scripts, or other nastiness that those files might carry.”
The Markup: Swinging the Vote?. “Pete Buttigieg is leading at 63 percent. Andrew Yang came in second at 46 percent. And Elizabeth Warren looks like she’s in trouble with 0 percent. These aren’t poll numbers for the U.S. 2020 Democratic presidential contest. Instead, they reflect which candidates were able to consistently land in Gmail’s primary inbox in a simple test.” Techdirt has a thoughtful response to this story.
Neowin: Gmail bug makes it harder to empty Trash and Spam folders, fix in the works. “With the advent of digital marketing and online services, email notifications and constant updates through email have gone up drastically. Users generally tend to delete such communication, moving it to the Trash. Other annoyances such as constant spam emails are filtered by modern email clients. A frustrating new bug (spotted by AndroidPolice) in Gmail for Android prevents users from clearing the contents in the Trash or Spam folders completely.”
The Verge: Coronavirus email hoax led to violent protests in Ukraine. “The email originated from outside Ukraine, according to a government statement, and it falsely claimed there were five cases of coronavirus in the country. In reality, there have been zero reported cases of the virus in Ukraine. But the email was sent the same day evacuees from China landed in the country, and some Ukranian residents protested the evacuees’ arrival by blocking roads that led to medical facilities and, in some cases, by smashing the windows of the buses carrying those evacuees.”
TechCrunch: Gmail’s new filters make it easier to search your email. “Gmail’s search is getting a significant update that will allow users to more easily narrow results to help them find a specific email. Before today, users could type in search filters by hand (e.g. label:work, has:attachment, from:email@example.com, etc.) or use the drop-down box to perform an advanced search. But these options were less obvious, cumbersome and therefore under-utilized by many Gmail users. With the upgraded version of Gmail search, new filters — which Google calls ‘search chips’ — will appear directly below the search box for simple, one-click access.”
Lifehacker: How To View Or Delete Your Huge List Of ‘Other’ Google Contacts. “Here’s a helpful trick if you’ve ever struggled to find an old Gmail contact or unsaved number on Android: it turns out that Google keeps a list of every Gmail account you’ve ever sent or received an email from, including those you don’t save to your contacts, as ‘Other Contacts.'”