Last updateFri, 12 Jul 2019 7am

Understanding email errors & failures

“Why didn’t my email go through?” The protocol for sending emails is called Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) and when it fails there could be hundreds of possible reasons why that happened.

Explaining passwords

A password is a sequence of characters used by computer users to verify their identity, or to control who has access to things such as email, bank accounts, etc.

The perils of hyperlinks

A reader of the Guadalajara Reporter wrote to me asking if I could help him out by explaining what a link in an email is. The answer is simple; it is that thing in an email I said you should never, never, never, never, never, never, never, ever click on!

Ramifications of new EU data law

The European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a far-reaching law and probably the best attempt so far to address the societal changes resulting from the explosion of data-gathering abilities made technically possible by the internet and mobile devices.

More email link blues

Regular readers of this column already know that my advice is to never ever click on links in emails, and here comes just one more example why.

Kids hack US voting machines with ease

In a few short days citizens of the United States go to the polls to vote in national elections, so this event provides a convenient segue for me to write this column on the subject of DEF CON 26.