Spamming for profit

I never wanted to spam the Internet. Google made me do it.
This is what I told myself back then.
If spamming is so wrong, I wondered, how come it always works so well?

A long read, but a good read. Jeff Deutsch explains how starting in 2009 he was able to work only a few hours daily and still rake in a $50,000 a month in profit, by becoming a professional spammer.

It’s a pretty interesting perspective piece, since I spend my days and nights on the other side of the fence working on Akismet, which combats spam on millions upon millions of sites, including all of WordPress.com.

So, without further ado: Confessions of a Google spammer

Encrypted email, Snowden style

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Curious if anyone else has used an end-to-end encrypted email service like ProtonMail and if so, have any thoughts on it? I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on the subject, and there’s really no definitive “yes it’s secure” or “no, it’s shit” answers out there.

Given the digital surveillance world we live in today, I think it’s perfectly reasonable to try and protect your personal (and business) correspondence without worrying about big brother listening in. PGP, Entrust and the like were built exactly for this reason – to protect data while in transit through networks you don’t control.

A little background on ProtonMail if you haven’t heard of it yet, this is from what I’ve cobbled together from their website:

They are based out of Switzerland, claims not to have access to your private key and has what amounts to two-factor authentication because of a login password and mailbox decryption password.

Emails to non-protonmail addresses can be decrypted by the recipients visiting a special URL and entering the message specific password, which allows them to reply up to three times (I think).

Overall, it’s a very nice interface and feature rich. I guess the underlying question is: how secure is your data there. Would you trust it? Send something sensitive to a pal and feel confident that prying eyes can’t get at it?