3 Responses to Gmail, hotmail yahoo mail- can we really trust them?

  1. Hmmm Henry, I do get what you mean, and have heard many say the same, especially from the legal, professional, tech and security industries. And I was pleased that our spam filters caught your phishing email, though sorry to say it’s unlikely I would have wired you the money even if I had got it 😉 . But I guess I come from a different standpoint on the whole new world order thing, which is that this is simply (or complicatedly) a whole new society that we are needing to learn to negotiate. These are not reasons to reject these incredibly open systems that are connecting the world in new, dynamic and amazing ways, but to learn to live with them and the risks that they carry and find the best way through. There are new dangers and new anxieties, and I am not saying we don’t need to put pressure on the corporates, and be dismayed when they behave unethically or in an amoral way. On the whole I think many of these companies, Google included, try very hard to make these things right, and offer a whole lot of outstanding functionality too. I’ll be keeping my gmail account, and trying to keep vaguely abreast of these things, and like you, be sorry if my account is used by bad people for bad things.

  2. Sheryl-Ann says:

    A very useful comment to read! I was considering moving to gmail, I guess I’ll rethink this!

  3. Elliot Varnell says:

    At the other end of the spectrum i have had to migrate to gmail from yahoo – not due to spam – but instead due to yahoo unilaterally deciding to delete emails from my folders and having no way of recovering them.

    their defence is reasonable. that it is free and we get a lot of functionality without paying. trouble is i am not sure who you can pay for such a service that woud increase security and back up your data? they will charge for more space but if one has enough space and just wants to up security and have a back up its not clear where to go (to me at least).

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