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 109703 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 109704 Trash" command (or similar) thatrepparttar 109705 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 109706 message could be available to unscrupulous or unauthorised individuals.

4. Even after a file is deleted from a computer's hard disk, repparttar 109707 information is often still available until that portion ofrepparttar 109708 disk's surface is overwritten with new information. During this periodrepparttar 109709 deleted files could be available to unscrupulous individuals with physical access torepparttar 109710 computer.

5. Even if you take steps to avoid allrepparttar 109711 potential problems above, remember thatrepparttar 109712 e-mail message is probably still available onrepparttar 109713 PC ofrepparttar 109714 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 109715 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 109716 phone!

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Written by Jim Daniels

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Eudora Tips and Tricks

Qualcomm's Eudora 4.3 is now available. If you are a 4.x user, you can getrepparttar update for FREE at:

o Did you know that you can schedule outgoing messages for later delivery. To use this feature just hold downrepparttar 109702 Shift key as you click "send" or "queue" on your outgoing message. A box will pop up asking you when you want to sendrepparttar 109703 message. This is a great feature for sending reminders to friends, family and even yourself! I use it allrepparttar 109704 time, as a matter of fact I just sent a scheduled message that will arrive a few days before my next anniversary. (Fellas; maybe you should dorepparttar 109705 same!)

o Need to move Eudora from one computer to another and save all your old mailboxes AND messages? Just saverepparttar 109706 .toc and .mbx files and copy them torepparttar 109707 same directory in your new computer. Next time you reopen Eudora, bingo, all your old messages are there!

o If you ever haverepparttar 109708 need to get your email from a remote location but won't have access to a computer with Eudora, just grab a free web email account from Eudora at before you go. You'll be able to send and receive email right throughrepparttar 109709 browser of any computer with Internet access.

Eudora keyboard Shortcuts:

o Ctrl-A selectsrepparttar 109710 entire text of a message. o F7 togglesrepparttar 109711 preview pane on and off. o Shift-space bar toggles a message betweenrepparttar 109712 read and unread status.

A few Eudora add-ons you may want to try...

o PureVoice Player-Recorder: o EasyTranslator Express: available at o Beginners interactive guide to using Eudora Light:

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