CW (Consumer Watchdog) spokesman John Simpson said: “Sending an email is like giving a letter to the Post Office. I expect the Post Office to deliver the letter based on the address written on the envelope. I don’t expect the mail carrier to open my letter and read it. When I send an email, I expect it to be delivered to the intended recipient with a Gmail account based on the email address; why would I expect its content will be intercepted by Google and read?”

via Google: Gmail users can’t expect privacy when sending emails – News – Gadgets & Tech – The Independent.

It might be a generational thing, but those of us old farts that got started in the nets way back in the Era of American On Line, Compuserve and Prodigy (pay-by-the-hour with really crappy modems) remember a warning that was told over and over:

Think of Email as a postcard. Anybody can stop it and read it.

Unless you are using an encryption system between you and the recipient, you are sending the info in plain view of anybody that can intercept it. Never send anything that can hurt you in any way possible if compromised by a third party.


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By Miguel.GFZ

Semi-retired like Vito Corleone before the heart attack. Consiglieri to J.Kb and AWA. I lived in a Gun Control Paradise: It sucked and got people killed. I do believe that Freedom scares the political elites.

6 thoughts on “So Tech Saavy yet so Dumb.”
  1. an addendum to your postcard thought is something i ALWAYS taught those who would listen: “Do NOT put in writing in an email, something you would NOT want someone to read.” This was more caution to snarky business/personal comments that WILL make it to the person being snarked.

  2. My girl is not yet online in social media, but I assume she’ll want to be out there soon; she’s 8.
    I’ve been telling her about the internet for years. Rule #1. Think before you type. Rule #2. Anything you put out there is *forever*.

  3. Old Russian saying–If you think it, don’t say it. If you say it, don’t write it. If you write it, don’t be surprised.

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