Is your e-mail private? No!

Written by Tim North

Considerrepparttar following three claims:

1. Your e-mail is not private.

2. Your e-mail might not be sent torepparttar 129353 intended recipient.

3. Your e-mail can continue to exist even after you delete it.

The following article explainsrepparttar 129354 truth of these alarming statements and why you should be concerned if you're sending confidential messages by e-mail.

1. The privacy problem ---------------------- When you send an e-mail message from computer A to computer B it passes through one or more machines (C, D, E, etc.) on its journey. At each step alongrepparttar 129355 way, an unscrupulous individual with access torepparttar 129356 intermediate machine hasrepparttar 129357 opportunity to read -- or even alter -- your e-mail message.

Within a private intranet (i.e. a company network), such privacy violations could occur if:

* IT staff with access torepparttar 129358 mail server were unscrupulous;

* unauthorised personnel had access torepparttar 129359 mail server (e.g. if someone walked away fromrepparttar 129360 server without logging out); or

* security measures designed to keep hackers out ofrepparttar 129361 mail server were insufficient or were not enforced rigorously.

When e-mail is sent overrepparttar 129362 Internet (a public network)repparttar 129363 risks become notably higher. If you send an e-mail message from Sydney to New York it may pass through half-a-dozen machines on its journey, *each* of which are subject torepparttar 129364 risks mentioned above. Thusrepparttar 129365 hazards accumulate with each extra machine thatrepparttar 129366 message passes through.

2. The identity problem ----------------------- Another risk with e-mail is that you really don't know who will receive it. This happens because some people choose to forward (i.e. divert) their e-mail to another person or authorise another person to read it for them. For example, if you send a message to a senior colleague, remember that this person's e-mail might be read by his or her secretary or stand-in. That can be awkward.

I know of a case where a manager sent an e-mail report to his CEO describing a clerical officer's poor performance. The CEO had, unfortunately, forwarded his e-mail to his acting secretary, who that day happened to be (you guessed it)repparttar 129367 clerical officer in question. The clerical officer readrepparttar 129368 critical report, and all manner of morale problems ensued.

How to Be a Professional Writer

Written by L. C. Peterson

In my first ten years as a part-time writer I sold 400 manuscripts; including two books and a monthly column. This was accomplished with no English or writing degree or experience. I have been asked "How did I publish so many manuscripts so quickly? " Here's what I did.

In my study ofrepparttar freelance writing field and my experience selling, I discovered eight basic steps that showed I was serious as a writer. Apply these steps to your work and editors will see you as a professional writer they can depend on.

-Bring a business mind to your work. Writing is a business.

-Act professionally. Don't be too casual in your conversations or appearance. For example, when first selling don't mention or make excuses for your lack of sales.

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