Anytime an e-mail issue makes the mainstream news, it's likely to raise interesting discussion points for those of us who work on products like Lotus Notes...

If you needed any more reminders about why it isn't a good idea to use external mail services to conduct critical business, the recent break-in to US Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin's gov.palin@yahoo.com Yahoo inbox should be it. ...

Various Information Security mailing lists have from time to time been filled with claims of inbox compromise, usually for free webmail services and it is always two parts voyeurism, two parts fear that it could be you next whenever someone has had their email exposed so publicly.

Some companies have decided that the economy of scale offered by services like Gmail are worth it to have their email needs handled through them rather than maintaining their own in-house systems and servers. The risk, as has been proven time and time again, is now that it only takes a simple password recovery to have your email exposed to all. ...

If you are busy using external webmail or email hosting providers, perhaps you should take another look at just how hard it is to gain anonymous access to that information and ensure that you have properly assessed the risk/benefit tradeoffs associated with using the services.
Even though my personal e-mail address is what I post on this weblog as a way to contact me, if the discussion is about anything that requires me to do something in my day job capacity as the sales executive for Lotus Notes, you'll notice I quickly redirect the conversation to ed_brill@us.ibm.com.  It constantly amazes me when I hear about people conducting business through the free e-mail services...and this story just serves as another reminder.

Link: PC World: Palin E-Mail Hack Shows Webmail's Flaw > (Thanks, Henry, for finding a non-political way to highlight this one)

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