How safe is your email correspondence?

By Douglas Schweitzer
September 19, 2008 6:40 AM EDT
Like regular snail mail, we have to remember that email messages can be intercepted, too. I wasn't too surprised when I found out Sarah Palin's email account was compromised. There's no assuming that anyone is immune. Apparently, Palin's nongovernment email account (she used a Yahoo! account) was broken into and some email correspondence was leaked to the press.

Lucky for her, nothing compromising was unveiled, but the incident stands to remind everyone that there are plenty of eyes looking over all of our shoulders, even more so if we're in the limelight for any reason. I'm sure Palin probably has more than one email account - but maybe a separate account just for her "official" state business (a government email account) would be just as vulnerable.

This is as good a time as any to remind ourselves that not only should we remain mindful when we send email, but perhaps - if this is possible - keep a diligent eye on what we're receiving and what we keep. Like any other American I highly value my rights to privacy, as I'm sure Governor Palin does, but nonetheless once any of your private stuff gets out there gossip mongers are going to have a field day.

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