Archive Monthly Archives: March 2016

I Want Privacy But There Isn’t Any

I came across a Tweet that kind of surprised me. Maybe it shouldn't have since it is an attitude many people are adopt. Nonetheless, it did.

The Tweet:

This matter of privacy online is extremely controversial, and the perspectives are varied. It's generally reduced to a matter of privacy vs. security. But what happens when privacy and security are not part of the equation?


Oh well. I'll just give up and give in? In other words, I want privacy, but there isn't any.

We all want privacy, and we all want to feel secure. And while we may each require these to things in varying degrees, there is no need of the body or spirit for complacency.

Be mindful of the road that leads to complacency.

An Ugly Lesson We Need To Learn

In one form or another, you’ve got ugly mail. Email, that is. And if you don’t know you do, you might wish you did. I’ll explain.

Did you know that you're being tracked by the actual people sending you an email? They can know if you’ve opened it, or if you clicked on a link inside it. What’s worse, they can even see what kind of device you are using and where you are!

Ugly mail, huh? Well, I’ll tell you about another kind of ugly email that you might actually want to have.

There is a service called… wait for it… Ugly Mail.

Ugly Mail informs you when an email is being tracked with a little “eye” icon. It’s not hugely known, partly because it only works for emails going to a Gmail account and you have to be using the Chrome browser. It’s had reports of slowing the loading of emails too. But, it generally seems to work…


When you go to download Ugly Mail, you get this disclaimer:

Maybe it’s legit; maybe it ’s not. Here’s the thing: it’s free. When something like this is free, and they admit to making “changes” it can mean they are making changes in THEIR favor so that may get a few bucks from an advertiser on the backend, or whatever it may be.

Not to pick on Ugly Mail, they’re just an example, (or warning). They provide a service. The service is to assist you in seeing who is tracking you. And they supposedly do that. Fair and square… As long as you agree to let them read and makes changes to your account. They don’t explain what exactly the changes are and why they’re necessary, even though the very service they are providing is about protecting privacy.

The bottom line is to be careful with the add-ons and plugins you use. You may agree or be comfortable with any tradeoffs, but just make sure you are aware of them. Especially when they are free.

They may not cost you money, but they likely cost you something.