Wired UK: Everything You Thought You Knew About Inbox Zero Is Wrong. “Merlin Mann, the lifestyle ‘guru’ who invented the concept of inbox zero in the early noughts, claims people took his idea far too literally. They advocated treating work emails like a never-ending task to be completed: Once an email has been acknowledged it should be immediately archived, never to clutter the inbox again. Advocates of this philosophy even released handy tips on how to achieve this through infinite tags and categories. But people soon realized this is not just tedious but a massive waste of time. Mann, who admits his own work inbox is embarrassingly cluttered, agrees.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Trace an Email to Its Source IP. “If you have doubts about the validity of an email, you can check the original IP address. The IP will help you by showing where in the world the email came from. Locating the IP does not guarantee that the email is valid, but it will give you more information about the sender to help you decide whether to trust it or not.”
Neowin: ProtonMail launches public beta of its fully encrypted calendar. “ProtonMail has announced that it has launched the public beta of ProtonCalendar, the firm’s fully encrypted calendar solution. Unlike alternative products, ProtonCalendar encrypts event titles, descriptions, locations, and participants; this makes it ‘impossible’ for others – including ProtonMail – to see your event details.”
Wired: The Decade Big-Money Email Scams Took Over . “Some email scams—penis enlargement spam, ‘Nigerian prince’ shakedowns—feel like they’ve been around almost as long as email itself. But the grifts have evolved significantly over the last decade, as scammers have learned that they can extract much bigger payouts from big businesses than lone victims. They’ve tallied billions of dollars in the last few years alone. In the 2020s, it’s only going to get worse.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Monitor Your Email Address and Passwords for Leaks in Data Breaches. “Have any of your email addresses been compromised? If you can’t answer that question for sure, you may want to check out one or more of these sites for the answer. Each site has a different method of checking your email, some of them offering more information than others or giving you help in keeping on top of the breaches.” Nice roundup/overview.
Digital Trends: Gmail now lets you easily attach emails to emails. “Google is simplifying email attachments on Gmail. The company is rolling out an update for its email service that will allow you to easily attach emails … to emails. The feature, Google hopes, will eliminate the need for you to constantly forward messages which often leads to messy email chains that are hard to keep track of.”