In the wake of the coronavirus, many organisations internationally are allowing people to work from home to lessen the risk of contagion, but is this wise from a cybersecurity point of view? While companies generally have a cybersecurity policy in place that governs the use of anti-virus and firewall protection, individuals without any tech knowledge could fall foul of cybercriminals.

I have been an advocate of home working since the mid-1990s when it was called teleworking.  I was self-employed and worked on a four-year project for the European Commission. Our virtual company, called Telework Europa, was charged by the EC to examining the then-emerging Internet technologies and how they could benefit the geographically disadvantaged, Eurospeak for those stuck in the back of beyond, away from the main employment areas.

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With the growth in the use of smartphones and tablets in the workplace and the increase in personal use for such things as online banking, cybercriminals are turning their nefarious attention to mobile devices. Internet security giant Symantec has revealed that mobile malware variants soared by 54 per cent in 2017 when compared to the previous year.

 

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Nine Email ClientAs mentioned in the previous post, Newton email has bitten the dust for the second time.  After the first closure, I discovered BlueMail and used it happily though I did think the GUI was a bit fugly. Then Newton enjoyed a second coming that lasted about a year before the company that resurrected it, Essential, shut down its entire operation. So, the question was, do I just go cap in hand back to BlueMail or see if something else was lurking out there. I chose the latter option.

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I have long championed Newton, previously CloudMagic, as the best email client for Android, and was seriously unhappy when it bit the dust. Then along came the Essential mobile phone and its developer, Andy Rubin, resurrected Newton and all was well with the world. Now Rubin has pulled the plug on Essential and Newton will no longer be developed.

I feel desperately said the Newton developers who have worked hard to develop a first-class product, only to be let down again over funding.

My annual subscription was due in early February and on January 26th I wrote to the company saying there had been no updates in the previous year and did they have a development timeline?

Later that day I received this reply.

“We are working on some new features at the moment like templated replies but we do not have any ETA at the moment. An update for the app has been submitted with various bug fixes and performance improvements which will be available soon. Rest assured, we are going to continue developing and supporting the app.”

So, on February 8 I renewed my annual subscription.

Then came the news re Essential’s demise.

On February 13 I wrote to Newton asking for confirmation of the closure and, if correct, requested a full refund. The following day I received a reply stating “We will let you know the future course of action in the coming days.”

After a few “coming days” I again asked for a refund and on the 18th received this comment “We are working with the respective App Stores to set up partial refunds. We will let you know the future course of action in the coming days.”

Now, I don’t think I am being unfair after having around one week’s worth of an annual subscription to expect a full refund. Maybe that will or will not happen but I did expect a more ethical response from a company who I had supported both through this blog and financially.

You can read Essential’s blog piece about the closure here.

So, the search started for a new email client and it looks as though I will be using Nine .

I did look at AquaMail but there is some confusion over its security, and BlueMail’s interface is a little clunky.

Please Note: I went into my Play order history and asked for a refund and it was granted immediately.

 

protonmail logoIt is very common knowledge that Gmail is a free service that scrapes the content of your emails to target advertising your way.  I thought that by using a third party email client – in my case Postbox and emClient – I could avoid being targeted by Google. Wrong!

I read online that Gmail scrapes the information contained in emails from online retailers such as Amazon and stores them in a Purchases Section of your account.

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