CBC: 9-year-old emails deteriorating in government archives; may be inaccessible. “The ministry of social services says emails written between Donna Harpauer and senior ministry staff in 2008 and 2009 are on tapes that ‘deteriorate and breakdown over time’ which means ‘there may be no viable tapes available for that time period.'”
Phys.org: Small words in an email can reveal a person’s identity . “It’s possible to identify the author of an email by analysing as little as two words, research by Nottingham Trent University suggests. Dr David Wright, an expert in forensic linguistics, examined thousands of emails to show it’s possible to identify someone by analysing small sequences of words and prove them as the author. The research aims to address the challenges experts face when analysing language evidence in court proceedings or in reports.”
MakeUseOf: 5 New Productive Gmail Apps and Extensions You Should Try. “Gmail is the email service of choice for most of the world. Google has done an excellent job with it. But that doesn’t mean it couldn’t be better. With the right apps and extensions, you can be more productive in your Gmail inbox. You can turn it into an Instagram-like feed to quickly skim through your inbox. A ‘Do Not Disturb’ setting will ensure new message notifications don’t break your concentration. There’s something for everyone here. But of course, none of these can replace the tips and tricks to become a Gmail power user. Master those first, and then move on to these other tools.” I had not heard of any of these extensions.
BetaNews: Google launches Gmail Add-ons and brings a range of business tools to the inbox. “Integration is the name of the game these days, and Google is taking steps to ensure that its own services offer integration with the tools and services people need to get their work done. With this in mind, the company today launches Gmail Add-ons after a beta testing period as a developer preview earlier in the year.”
The Hacker News: Buggy Microsoft Outlook Sending Encrypted S/MIME Emails With Plaintext Copy For Months. “Beware, If you are using S/MIME protocol over Microsoft Outlook to encrypt your email communication, you need to watch out. From at least last 6 months, your messages were being sent in both encrypted and unencrypted forms, exposing all your secret and sensitive communications to potential eavesdroppers.”
MakeUseOf: How to Sort Your Gmail Inbox by Sender, Subject, and Label. “Gmail is a great tool, but it falls short in terms of offering intuitive ways of sorting your inbox. Fortunately, there are easy workarounds that give you more control over finding messages. We’ll go over several of them below.”
BetaNews: Over one million phishing websites are created every month . “Every month, almost 1.5 million new phishing websites are created. This is according to a new report by Webroot, showing just how big of an industry phishing really is. The Webroot Quarterly Threat Trends Report says that 1.385 million new phishing sites are created every month. May was the busiest of them all, with 2.3 million sites created.”