If we look back at the history of the World Wide Web, one of its longest standing components is Email. No doubt it is in dire need of an overhaul.
The backbone of the email delivery system has not changed a great deal since those early days from Berkeley. To be perfectly honest, the fact that email hasn’t changed since the time of the late 60’s and early 70’s should disturb Internet users nearly half a century later.
Let’s cut to the chase. The way email works today sees that correspondence delivered onto the Internet via Mail Servers and Clients is that of plain text files. These can easily be read by anyone across the delivery chain. In the 21st Century world of security and privacy, email is inadequately catered for, and shows no signs of coming in from the cold, despite security enhancements in other areas of the Internet.
If you are a Gmail or Hotmail user, there is every chance your email correspondence will be kept in perpetuity. Companies like Google and Yahoo have no reason to delete old emails purely because they can build a profile of your correspondence, and tailor ad’s based on your preferences. Scary, but true. The best way to avoid this nonsense is to start using emails that are crack-proof.
One in particular that caught my eye is ShazzleMail. Yes, dopey name, but their delivery architecture is a winner for mine. Any correspondence created by a ShazzleMail user is sent directly between Sender and Receiver. Sort of like: point to point email. It does not land on a central mail server elsewhere, and is encrypted upon delivery, making it impossible for the Alphabet Soup Agencies to intercept.
Points to Note
One Mailbox, One Device
Your ShazzleMail client will be set up on one device only. I use a smartphone, and because my phone is on 100% of the time, the mail client just sits in active mode. The phone (in effect) becomes a Mail Server. You won’t be able to share email between devices because of that fact, but that suits me down to the ground as I need only worry about one email account on one device, not a multitude. A great way to simplify your email habits.
ShazzleMail will connect the Sender and the Receiver, when the Receiver comes online. Once that happens, the email will then be sent. This is great way to get email to its intended destination, ShazzleMail will also report when the Receiver has received the email, as a confirmation.
Inbox and Sent folders will build up over time. You can export the data out to a backup file, which can then be saved off the phone, onto your LAN or other environment. This will keep your Mail data manageable, as it starts building up over time. Export functions can be located in ShazzleMail’s Settings option.
Knowing how most people treat their phones, there is the possibility of losing one’s phone, having it stolen, or damaged. Firstly, you have to logon to the ShazzleMail client with a password, so if your phone is stolen, the thief will have a hard time cracking your password. So like all good practices for smartphone management – select a hard to crack password.
As a precaution, export your phone data out to a alternative environment (as mentioned above), so that in the event of your phone being compromised, you can at least restore the backed-up file to a new phone, should it get to that. Do this often.
I understand ShazzleMail has created a desktop version of the client. I haven’t used it, nor will I be using it, as per my stated intention of simplifying my email activity.
There are other functions provided by ShazzleMail, check their website, and see if this clever app can be used by yourself to protect against the threat of snoops, spies and marketing madmen!