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The Email Uh-Oh 14 June 2001 Edition
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All the surveys and research confirm it: the single most useful component of the modern internet is email.

Postal operators around the globe have discovered to their sorrow that a click of the "Send" button is replacing the lick of a stamp at a rapidly increasing pace.

Even the companies that make fax paper have recorded a decline in sales -- albeit this trend has been even more exacerbated by a shift to ink-jet printing mechanisms in modern fax machines.

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However, with the speed, convenience and low cost provided by email comes risk -- sometimes a very high risk.

What risk?

The very real risk that you'll send some important information to the wrong address.

Yes, it does happen -- as an item on the 6 O'clock news showed last night. According to the report, sensitive and confidential medical records were accidentally sent to the wrong email address. The recipient had no need, nor any right to receive the information -- but it arrived in his mailbox anyway.

Of course even in the days of paper and ink or the fax machine this sort of thing could still happen. Every now and then someone would pop a cheque in the wrong envelope or misdial a fax number -- but seldom with such risk of disaster.

Obviously people are growing increasingly aware of this potential for disaster because I'm noticing an increased number of emails which carry a little warning on the bottom that says something like:

"If you are not the intended recipient of this email then you must not read it, remember it, pass it on to any third party, leave the room, make any calls or perform any other action which might compromise the privacy and security of the information contained herein. You are a bad bad person and will suffer eternal damnation for your actions in opening this message you evil sod"

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    Well, perhaps that version was a little over-dramatised, but you know what I mean.

    Once again, such notices are not new -- you'll find them on the cover page of just about every faxed communication from a lawyer or accountant -- they're just covering their backsides in case they accidentally send details of your pending bankruptcy to your major competitor by mistake.

    What I do find interesting though is that more often than not, these notices are longer than the message which accompanies them!

    I also wonder -- why, if you're not supposed to read the email that they accompany, are they always at the bottom of the message rather than the top?

    Of course the use of such lame warnings shows nothing but complete and utter laziness on the part of the sender. If you really want to make sure that the information inside an email is protected from unauthorised viewing then encrypt it!

    Encryption is neither hard nor expensive these days so anyone who doesn't use it to protect their valuable or confidential data is just dumb -- probably so dumb that they never even realised that putting the "If you have received this message in error" warning at the bottom is really counter-productive.

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