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 Source: This article was Published techworm.net By Payel Dutta - Contributed by Member: Linda Manly

You sign up with one of the best email service providers and you get ready to launch the campaign you’ve been working on. You believe that this undertaking will generate good revenue for your business, and you expect to have it done as soon as possible. But then…you are taken by surprise. When you upload your mailing list, your progress comes to a halt. You are told to verify your email address, and you do not know what to do. In fact, some small business owners will give up at this point and turn to other digital marketing strategies available on the market.

However, you do not need to worry, as you can easily find a great email address verification service provider on the internet. What you need to know is that regardless of the service provider you decide to work with, email verification doesn’t have to break your bank, neither does it have to waste a lot of your time. It is a quick process that is geared towards improving your marketing efforts.

 

Have you been yearning to learn about email address verification? Below is everything you need to know about it.

Understanding email address verification – what is it?

Basically, this is a process that ensures that all the email addresses in your mailing list are connected to a legitimate, active inbox. Simply put, this is a process that guarantees all the messages you send have a safe destination to reach.

Why is email verification necessary?

You might be tempted to think that when you fail to verify your email list, nothing will happen to you. In fact, some misleading blogs and websites will tell you that hiring a professional email address verification service is a waste of time. Well, believe this at your peril.

If you skip this process, your digital marketing strategy that incorporates email marketing will be deemed to fail. Below are some of the things that expert email verification service providers like Zero Bounce protect you from:

  • Miserable marketing results

When you kick off your email marketing campaign, you believe that it will reach as many people of possible, and you will get the best sales for your goods or services at the end of the day. However, if the emails you are sending the messages to are not valid, you will end up accomplishing dismal results.

If you have many emails bouncing back, it means that your deliverability will be adversely affected to a great extent. This means that even those email addresses that are valid will not receive your well-intended messages.

 

Also, if any emails are not valid, it means that you will not get reliable metrics when measuring the success of your email marketing campaign. Your goal should be to make a connection with your target audiences. Getting a good email address verification service should not be an option, it should be at the helm of your priority list.

  • Money wastage

Email service providers will charge you depending on the number of subscribers you have. This means that the higher the number of subscribers, the more the amount of money you will pay. Therefore, if you keep invalidated lists, you will bear a recurring waste which is not worth in the first place.

  • Account suspension

Yes, spam monitors, email security services, as well as internet service providers have policies for undelivered messages, unsubscribes, and spam complaints. Therefore, if your mailing list is unmanaged, your account might be suspended on grounds of the three mentioned above.

Verifying your email address will minimize the number of undelivered messages; hence your account will be safe from suspension.

Reasons why you have many invalid email addresses

Below are some of the reasons why you have very many risky emails in your mailing list,

  • The people in your mailing list stopped using the email addresses a long time ago
  • Your list is full of role addresses, e.g., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • You failed to validate the emails when filling out the web forms; hence there are lots of typos. The ZeroBounce API can help you here by verifying email registrations in real time.

Even the best marketers of all time have risky emails in their lists. Therefore, do not over-blame yourself when you find them. Just know how to remove them for better performance proactively. Also, proceed with care when choosing the right email address verification service, and your campaign will never fail to yield results.

Categorized in Internet Privacy

Source: This article was published forbes.com By John F. Wasik - Contributed by Member: Corey Parker

Some people collect baseball cards or ceramic figurines. I collect scams, which come in all varieties.

These days, I don't have to go far to see how thieves all over the world are operating. I just go to my spam folder. The most obvious scams are sitting there.

All online scams have one thing in common: They want to tap your greed to get at the personal information they can steal. These "phishing" ruses are happening 24/7.

Here are a few gems I discovered:

-- "Bank of America" email. It would be wonderful if Bank of America owed me money. But since I've never had an account there, that would be the first time.

Here's how the email, with the subject "Message from Bank of America," read:

 

"Be informed that we have verified your payment file as directed to us and your name is next on the list of our outstanding fund beneficiaries to receive their payment.

Be advised that because of too many funds beneficiaries, you are entitled to receive the sum of $14.5M,(Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars only), as to enable us to pay other eligible beneficiaries.

To facilitate with the process of this transaction, please kindly re-confirm the following information below:

  1. Your Full Name:
  2. Your Full Address:
  3. Your Contact Telephone and Fax No:
  4. Your Profession, Age, and Marital Status:
  5. Any Valid Form of Your Identification/Driver's License:
  6. Bank Name:
  7. Bank Address:
  8. Account Name:
  9. Account Number:
  10. Swift Code:
  11. Routing Number:"

Wow, all I have to do is send them all of my personal and financial information and they will send me $14.5 million. What a deal! By the way, Bank of America has nothing to do with this message, as if you haven't already surmised. 

 

This is a fairly typical banking scam. They will ask for information so that they can access anything from your credit cards to your checking account. Never reply to these emails.

-- American Embassy Note. It would be really neat if the U.S. government owed me money as well. Boy, I'd sure like to get some of my hard-earned tax dollars back -- just for being a good citizen.

Here's a novel approach that pairs the U.S. Embassy with an African Bank, no less (note the bad syntax):

"American Embassy in conjunction with the United Bank For African, has come to agreement to send your funds in consignment worth about $7.5 Million USD without any further delay and they have done as instructed by the United Nation, as matter of fact your funds has already arrived in one of the airports in your country but the diplomat signaled us that she lost your contact address as result of security inspection and screening in the airport."

How kind of the United (sic) Nation to get involved. But they could use a proofreader if they want people to fall for this swindle.

-- Your Order Has Arrived/Shipping Status. These emails will appear to come from Amazon or some other e-commerce transaction.

They aren't really banking scams, but they will ask you to click a link and ask for personal information. You will pay dearly if you do.

How to avoid a phishing scam? Just don't open any email with an offer to send you money or one pretending to be from a bank, which will mostly send you paper notices.

And never send personal or financial information to an email address, even if you think you know who it is.

It's that simple and it will save you a lot of aggravation — and money.

Categorized in Internet Privacy

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Typo in your cover letter? Drunk message to your ex? At last, there’s a way to “unsend” these emails.

Criptext Mail, a new Chrome and Safari extension, offers a “recall” option that will prevent recipients from reading a message that you regret sending. It even lets you add an “expiration timer” to messages, which will automatically recall them after a certain time period.

Gmail has long offered a “lab” feature that allows you to unsend an email, but only if you catch it within a few seconds. Criptext has no such limitation.

 

But the extension isn’t perfect. For one thing, it appends a massive signature advertising the service to any email you send:

That might sketch out the recipients of your email messages who don’t understand you’re using a third-party service. Mayer Mizrachi, CEO of Criptext, told The Huffington Post in an email that a “pro” version of the extension will eventually be offered that gets rid of the signature.

 

In order to work, Criptext converts your messages to images and encrypts them. That prevents the messages from being scanned by bots, but it also makes them look a little weird and renders any animated elements completely static.

Also, “recalling” the email doesn’t totally remove it from a recipient’s inbox. Rather, it removes the image version of the message in the email you sent. So, a recipient will still know that you sent them something, they just won’t know what.

It also raises the question of where Criptext stores the image version of the messages and how secure those messages are. Mizrachi told HuffPost that the content is essentially “streamed” from Criptext’s own servers, so Gmail sends an empty email and the extension delivers the content within it. Criptext recently raised $500,000 in funding from investors and positions itself as a secure way for companies to send sensitive information, so presumably safety measures are in place to make sure their servers remain locked down.

This story has been updated to include comment from Criptext.

Source: This article was published on huffingtonpost.com by Damon Beres

Categorized in Science & Tech

Time to face the facts. We haven’t yet reached the point where universal internet access is always available, no matter where we go. That can be frustrating, especially for busy Chromebook users who have projects to tackle, assignments to turn in, tasks to complete, and teams to work with.

Fortunately, just because your internet connection drops doesn’t mean you have to sit back and give up. Google has implemented several ways to use Chrome OS features offline, whether you need to read emails, work on documents, or carry out another task. Here’s how to do it!

Email

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The bad news is that there’s no permanent offline email solution for Gmail — at least, not yet. The good news is that Google is working on one, and, in the meantime, you can try out the beta. The problem with betas, of course, is that they tend to have flaws or bugs that still need to be fixed, so this option may not work perfectly for you. However, if you are stuck without email and desperately need to check for any previous updates, it may be more than enough.

Add to ChromeStart by enabling the feature. By far the easiest way is to use the Gmail Offline option available in the Chrome Web Store. This provides you with an option to “Add to Chrome” or “Visit Website.” Choose Add to Chrome to download the app, and restart Chrome.

 

If your Chrome browser isn’t currently open, open it and create a new tab. Look for the new Gmail Offline icon next to the taskbar and click it. This will load the offline syncing option, though you may have to go through a brief confirmation window first.Add Gmail Offline

It’s important to know what this app does. It will automatically sync all your messages and queued actions whenever Chrome is running and your internet connection is good. This allows you to see any of the latest emails or responses that you may have missed while your computer was online. It cannot magically send or receive emails that were created after you went offline unless you connect again. Not even Google is that good.

Documents

Google Docs I

For working on offline documents, we turn to Google Drive. Perhaps realizing just how many Chromebooks are used for schoolwork and on-the-go jobs, Google has worked to make all Drive documents accessible even when you aren’t connected to the internet… as long as you have the right setup.Settings Snapshot

First, make sure that Google Drive is fully updated — this isn’t usually a problem on Chromebooks, but double checking never hurts. You need a recent version of Drive to access offline features. Then, head over to your Chrome browser, log into Drive, and visit Settings, which is the first option housed beneath the gear icon in the upper-right corner of the window. Once there, look for the heading that says Offline next to a description that says, Sync Google Docs, Sheets, Slides & Drawings files to this computer so that you can edit offline. That’s pretty self-explanatory!

 

Make sure the box next to the Offline description is checked. Keep in mind that this solution has its limitations, however, especially when it comes to collaboration. Drive will save a state of the Drive document from the last time you connected to the internet, but it can’t do more than that. Say that your team is all working online at the office with a Google Doc, and you’re working offline in your car. Your team will be able to see and interact with each other’s changes in real time, but you will be working on your own version of the document. This can cause some issues when syncing up changes, so it’s a good idea to use this primarily for your solo work. Also, know that there are a few things that won’t work offline, including the online collection of Drive images, Google Forms, and web-based PDFs.

Web pages

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As long as you have a little time to prepare, you can also use Chrome OS to view webpages offline. There are a couple different options here, but we prefer the ease of use and features that come with downloading the Pocket extension. Pocket is a simple Chrome program that allows you to save articles, videos, and other types of content for later viewing, even when you are offline.

This is nice for long road trips when you want a bit of entertainment, but it can also prove valuable when working on work or school projects where you need access to information but an internet connection isn’t available in your work spot. Remember, however, that Chromebooks are light when it comes to storage and RAM, so trying to store too much content may lead to sluggish performance or crashes.

Scheduling

Calendar Offline

Google has extended its offline abilities to Google Calendar as well, which means that you can take a look at all your meetings, appointments, and reminders kept in Calendar whenever you want — even without internet service. It’s very easy to set up, too. As with Drive, open Calendar, click the gear icon in the top-right corner, and select Settings. At the top of the page, select the Offline option. If you have more than one Calendar, you can choose which you want to access offline.

 

There are some caveats, however. The version of your Calendar that you can view offline is read-only, meaning you won’t be able to make any changes to it. It also cannot sync with your other devices and import changes made elsewhere until you’re connected to the internet again. So make sure your calendar is set for the day before you go offline!

Notes

Google Keep

If you want to use your note application offline, you probably can — and this isn’t limited to just a single app. Evernote, for example, allows you to choose Offline Notebooks and select certain notebooks for offline viewing. Google Keep offers a similar feature, one that will save offline notes and automatically upload them later.

 

What else can you do offline?

Quite a lot, actually! Google allows third-party developers to offer offline features for their apps and extensions as well, and many have utilized the feature. There are at least a couple hundred apps in the Chrome Web Store that work offline. These include games like Angry Birds, productivity apps, publications like the New York Times, and apps that span nearly every other category you can think of. If you didn’t find your solution in our guide, peruse the Chrome Web Store for any apps you might want.

This article was published in digitaltrends by Tyler Lacoma

Categorized in Science & Tech

A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe.

The ruling is notable because it goes against an appeals court judgement last year — recently upheld — pertaining to Microsoft customer data held in servers outside the US. In that instance a federal court ruled the company did not have to hand over data stored on its servers in Ireland to the US government, declining to “disregard the presumption against extraterritoriality,” as the judge put it.

However in the Google case, U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Rueter ruled on Friday that the act of transferring emails from a foreign server did not qualify as a seizure. According to Reuters, the judge ruled there is no “meaningful interference” with the account holder’s “possessory interest”, going on to assert that any privacy infringement occurs “at the time of disclosure in the United States”, rather than when the data itself is transferred.

 

Google’s legal team had sought to use the Microsoft ruling as precedent to challenge the warrant’s scope. The company had turned over data that was stored in the US only. In a statement it said it will be appealing the judgement. “The magistrate in this case departed from precedent, and we plan to appeal the decision. We will continue to push back on overbroad warrants,” it said.

Both cases involve warrants issued under a 1986 federal law called the Stored Communications Act, which — as you can imagine, given its date-stamp — has long been described as a “woefully outdated” piece of legislation vs the technology it is now being used to regulate.

The judge in the recent Microsoft appeals case wrote that the Act is “overdue for a congressional revision that would continue to protect privacy but would more effectively balance concerns of international comity with law enforcement needs and service provider obligations in the global context in which this case arose”.

The Department of Justice certainly appears intent on applying pressure on Congress via multiple cases in the courts — pressing the question of where the line should be drawn on extraterritoriality applications to access stored data.

 

And with the confusion of conflicting legal judgements being issued in circuit courts, there will be growing pressure for clarity — either by Congress revising the legislation, or by cases being pushed to the Supreme Court for a definitive ruling.

For privacy advocates this data access tug-of-war remains one to watch. Not least given that any concrete moves to expand the scope of domestic warrants outside the US could undermine international treaties by conflicting with data protection laws elsewhere. While, on the flip side, any legal clarity limiting the jurisdiction of search warrants to data stored domestically could push US legislators towards data localization rules.

In one related development late last year, Congress approved a controversial Supreme Court rule change expanding FBI search powers by enabling a judge to sign off a warrant for searches outside their own district — which could in theory be used to issue remote access warrants for the FBI to hack devices that are physically located out of their jurisdiction or even overseas.

Critics argued a procedural change was being used to push through hugely expanded powers for state agents.

Source : https://techcrunch.com/2017/02/04/google-told-to-hand-over-foreign-emails-in-fbi-search-warrant-ruling/?ncid=tcdaily

Categorized in News & Politics

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