Webmail – what’s the point?

Andrew Watson, Royal Society Research Professor at the University of East Anglia, says in the Times today:-

We non-media-savvy scientists at the University of East Anglia have learnt a hard lesson this week…

Indeed, and a significant part of that lesson should be don’t leave email on the servers for years! I mean, really, how stupid is that?

But it made me wonder – is this because they used webmail? I don’t, and I never have, because I’ve never been convinced it’s secure and I’ve never seen the point. My email client is set to delete mail from the server as soon as it’s downloaded; I believe that’s the only sensible way. OK, my email has no value to hackers, but a small part Continue reading

Hotmail security breach…

Oh look, Hotmail has been breached by a phishing attack. Can’t say I’m surprised, as anyone who knows me will tell you, I don’t believe that webmail is a secure medium – as this has demonstrated perfectly, the weak points being the phished users who got suckered. And Hotmail is popular with kids who are less security-savvy than they might be, ramping up the risks. Ditto with Yahoo and Google mail too.

With webmail you’re trusting Continue reading