Is your e-mail private? No!

Written by Tim North

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3. The deletion problem ----------------------- A further privacy issue surrounding e-mail involves what happens when you delete an e-mail message. You might expect that deleting an e-mail message removes it irretrievably. This is often notrepparttar case. though.

In fact, it's a tough job to delete every copy of a piece of e-mail. There are many ways that a "deleted" e-mail message might still be accessible:

1. Daily or weekly backups ofrepparttar 129353 mail server may still contain messages that were subsequently deleted.

2. When you delete an e-mail message, many e-mail programs simply move it to a trash folder, rather than actually deleting it. It's not until you select their "Emptyrepparttar 129354 Trash" command (or similar) thatrepparttar 129355 message is actually deleted.

3. Even after you empty your trash folder, many network-based e-mail programs still archive deleted messages for a period of time before deleting them. During this archival period (30-90 days is typical)repparttar 129356 message could be available to unscrupulous or unauthorised individuals.

4. Even after a file is deleted from a computer's hard disk, repparttar 129357 information is often still available until that portion ofrepparttar 129358 disk's surface is overwritten with new information. During this periodrepparttar 129359 deleted files could be available to unscrupulous individuals with physical access torepparttar 129360 computer.

5. Even if you take steps to avoid allrepparttar 129361 potential problems above, remember thatrepparttar 129362 e-mail message is probably still available onrepparttar 129363 PC ofrepparttar 129364 person you sent it to (or who sent it to you).

4. Conclusions -------------- The moral of this story is clear: e-mail is not a private medium. Don't send messages by e-mail unless you're comfortable assuming that they may be read by people other thanrepparttar 129365 intended recipients.

So next time you go to press that "Send" button, ask yourself "Am I okay with this being seen publicly?" If not, pick uprepparttar 129366 phone!

You'll find over 200 tips like this in Tim North's new e-book BETTER WRITING SKILLS. It's just $19.95 and comes with a 90-day, money-back guarantee. Download a free chapter now.

How to Be a Professional Writer

Written by L. C. Peterson

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-Learnrepparttar process of creating, rewriting, and editing. Your work represents your knowledge and abilities.

-Meet deadlines. Don't put editors in a bind.

-Be accurate. Show you know what you are talking about.

-Knowrepparttar 129351 copyright laws. Protect your rights.

-Develop a record system. Know what manuscripts are where and what rights you have left to resell. -Learn how to market your work. Agents are not useful or needed in every genre or writing field.

If you apply these eight steps to your work they will speedrepparttar 129352 number and quality of your manuscript sales. You will build a reputation as a writer editors can depend on and readers will enjoy.

L. C. Peterson is a writer and web marketing consultant. Other articles and writer's tips can be found at A freelance writing tutorial can be requested at

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