Email before and now

So let's get on with what email was before and what Email is now.

I come from a time where we used specific programs in something called DOS (not to be confused with the Denial of Service Attack) where we dialed in to a computer and used text commands to do things. Programs were developed to go through Email and News Groups if one were interested in that at the time.

There wasn't anything I needed to do to set it up, as the first e,mail belonged to my dad, and I could open up two programs and there was my email. As we grew in to Windows, it was time to learn how to set up Email on our own.

How did you do it?

Back in my day, I started with a screen reader called Window-Eyes. I also had Jaws for specific tasks, but today, Window-Eyes does not exist although we can use it if we wish. It worked with programs which include Eudora which may be under the Mozilla Foundation product sweet, Thunderbird and other mail clients which may still be out there. I started with Outlook Express and Eudora and both programs walked you through setting up a mailbox system using the address you had.

While this site will not go in to a lot of detail, settings changed throughout the years and so did Email Spoofing.

What can we do now?

There are different protocols that are out now that can help make sure that your domain can't be used to send spoofed email. They may include:

Each has their explanations, and all may be able to play a part in Email security. It doesn't solve email coming from contact forms, as those are typed by the recipient and can be forged there.

The only way to get around those will be to use captcha systems, and I've never been successful at doing it. One such email spoof told me that a site was hacked but yet it was dead wrong in many aspects of what it was saying. If the claimant wants to follow through and ruin my reputation by filling out a contact form and filling out both parts with no way to fix said vulnerability, than go for it.

Mail clients today can in fact fill in details on how to create the account in most circumstances, but you still may need info to set it up if that automated system fails. Check with your provider on what you need.

How Bad is Email Spoofing?

In a recent article read during site development, email spoofing is up quite a lot. During the development of this site, I read a recent article about this. One sentence says:

And according to Agari’s 2022 Email Fraud & Identity Deception Trends report, email spoofing and phishing increased by a whopping 220% over 2021.
That trend may eventually go up, and our Tech Blog linked within these pages will have the article I quoted the sentence above. We just need to be on guard.


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