There Ain't No Such Thing As A Free Lunch: Listbot

Written by Richard Lowe

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Overrepparttar years, I have looked long and hard at Bcentral, and to tellrepparttar 109664 complete truth I found it to be a highly overpriced hodgepodge of hastily patched together offerings which was difficult to use and mostly of limited value. Even so,repparttar 109665 free version of Listbot was one ofrepparttar 109666 better list processing services available. Because of this (and because of Listbot's long history) it became very popular for small lists and very small businesses.

Of course, Microsoft is not really shutting down Listbot. No, what they are doing is attempting to get people to pay forrepparttar 109667 service, at a rate of about $269 per year. This price allows forrepparttar 109668 sending of 10,000 emails per month, and you can purchase more if you desire. You haverepparttar 109669 option of paying forrepparttar 109670 new service or moving your list elsewhere.

What's wrong with this? A good analogy isrepparttar 109671 710 freeway debate going on in Pasadena, California at this time.

Forrepparttar 109672 last 20 yearsrepparttar 109673 powers that be have been trying to build a 2 mile extension torepparttar 109674 710 freeway. The problem isrepparttar 109675 freeway extension will go through a beautiful, well established neighborhood. It requiresrepparttar 109676 demolition of a substantial number of old houses andrepparttar 109677 relocation of a number of people. On top of that, freeways tend to divide communities and isolate people from one another.

The people of Pasadena have made it clear over and over again that they do not want this freeway extension. However,repparttar 109678 government, in it's infinite wisdom, has, for whatever reason, been trying to get it built in spite ofrepparttar 109679 people's wishes.

The government has forgotten (or doesn't care) thatrepparttar 109680 houses that they want to tear down are inhabited by families, some of whom have been living there for generations. The freeway is "forrepparttar 109681 greater good" andrepparttar 109682 little folk, in other words normal people, don't count.

Large companies tend to haverepparttar 109683 same attitude. It didn't matter to Yahoo that hundreds of thousands of webmasters depended upon their ring system -repparttar 109684 only thing that mattered wasrepparttar 109685 bottom line. And it does not matter to Microsoft that tens of thousands of list owners, serving millions of people, depend upon their service. The only thing that Microsoft recognizes is that they are not makingrepparttar 109686 required amount of money from their service.

The argument that "free services no longer work" does not hold water. Listbot was free beforerepparttar 109687 incredible expansion in internet advertising, and it's certain that, with able and intelligent management,repparttar 109688 service could have remained free and profitable afterrepparttar 109689 collapse of internet advertising.

Is it wrong for a big company to want to make money for it's shareholders? Of course not. Shareholders are people with emotions and feelings as well. What is wrong isrepparttar 109690 destruction of a service which is used by so many people, which was profitable and could be made profitable again, simply to further corporate goals without a single thought or care forrepparttar 109691 people effected byrepparttar 109692 change.

Just as when Yahoo destroyed webring, tens of thousands of listmasters now have to scramble to find alternative list hosting services. Some will makerepparttar 109693 difficult choice to use a paid service, some will find free services and others (probablyrepparttar 109694 majority) will simply abandon their lists forever. This isrepparttar 109695 saddest part of this story - lists which have been lovingly maintained for years will simply be destroyed. These lists will be burned inrepparttar 109696 name of corporate profits.

It's sad and pitiful atrepparttar 109697 same time. Take note when you see these thoughtless and careless events occur - you are witnessingrepparttar 109698 results of incompetence at best and malicious evil at worst.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets at - Visit our website any time to read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.

How Private Is Your Email?

Written by Richard Lowe

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3) The email gets sent to your SMTP server (this isrepparttar system which accepts your email message and forwards along towardsrepparttar 109663 destination). At this point,repparttar 109664 message could, in theory, be read by someone tapping your phone (or cable) connection. It's not likely (unless you are a spy or something) but it's possible (and not all that hard).

If you are at work, well,repparttar 109665 email probably gets sent to your SMTP server through something called a proxy server (the computer which managesrepparttar 109666 connections torepparttar 109667 internet). If so, a copy ofrepparttar 109668 email could be stored onrepparttar 109669 proxy server. In theory, this could be examined by someone who had access to that server.

If you happen to sendrepparttar 109670 email from your companies own email system, it is highly likely (especially in larger companies) thatrepparttar 109671 email will be examined by context checking software. This is looking for curse words, sexual harassment, resumes and any other inappropriate content. Any emails found which violate company policy may be directly routed to personnel.

4) Okay,repparttar 109672 email gets delivered torepparttar 109673 SMTP server which it is stored, still as a simple plain text file, until it is sent torepparttar 109674 next SMTP server. You see, emails never go directly from your outbox to someone's inbox. They move from server to server until they find their way to their destination. Each server keeps a copy ofrepparttar 109675 email until it is forwarded torepparttar 109676 next one.

5) SMTP servers are computer programs and they can be programmed to do malicious or unusual things. For example, a law enforcement agency could, in theory, program an SMTP server to make a copy of any emails directed to a particular person, and send those copies to their office.

A hacker could, in theory, program an SMTP server (or examine messages coming acrossrepparttar 109677 wire) to look for series of characters that looked like credit card numbers (they are pretty obvious). These email messages could be directed torepparttar 109678 hacker's own mailbox, thus giving him a steady supply of income.

6) At any of these SMTP servers,repparttar 109679 email could be examined by anyone who has access torepparttar 109680 email system. The internet "wire" could also be "tapped" andrepparttar 109681 email message captured onrepparttar 109682 fly (this is highly unlikely but it is possible).

7) Since software is simply a series of rules created by human beings, it is possible for an SMTP server to misunderstand how to route your email. Thus, a message could be sent torepparttar 109683 wrong recipient (this has happened to me a few times) or torepparttar 109684 wrong SMTP server.

8) There is no guarantee thatrepparttar 109685 person who receives a message is actuallyrepparttar 109686 person who isrepparttar 109687 intended recipient. Someone else could be using their email client, for example, or an SMTP server may have misdirectedrepparttar 109688 email torepparttar 109689 wrong inbox. In this case it works exactly likerepparttar 109690 post office -repparttar 109691 mailperson putsrepparttar 109692 mail in your mail slot, but he does not guarantee that you will berepparttar 109693 one who picks uprepparttar 109694 mail.

And since most emails are just text, they can be read by whoever happens to receive them without any problems.

9) Naturally, once an email is receive it is stored onrepparttar 109695 hard drive ofrepparttar 109696 recipient. They are usually stored in text files (for normal emails) or inrepparttar 109697 Temporary Internet Folder (for web based emails).

10) Of course, once someone does receive an email he or she is free to forward that email onto just about anyone, startingrepparttar 109698 whole process over again.

11) At any point in this entire scenario,repparttar 109699 email message can be backed up or archived. In this case, it can be recovered later and delivered torepparttar 109700 wrong person.

So please,repparttar 109701 next time you send those highly personal messages remember that they can be read by anyone. You have no way to know where these things wind up or how long they will last. The could pop up anywhere at anytime with a vengeance.

Richard Lowe Jr. is the webmaster of Internet Tips And Secrets at - Visit our website any time to read over 1,000 complete FREE articles about how to improve your internet profits, enjoyment and knowledge.

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