“Any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text.”

The safest way to email is with plain text emails


Wed, Sep 13th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

On The Conversation, Professor of Computer Science Sergey Bratus and Post-doctoral Associate in Computer Science Anna Shubina, make the argument that the only safe email is text-only email. Since HTML email is really only a benefit to marketers — and the scammers who mimic them in order to phish your credentials — email should return back to just plain text. They make for a compelling argument.

Returning email to its origins in plain text may seem radical, but it provides radically better security. Even the federal government’s top cybersecurity experts have come to the startling, but important, conclusion that any person, organization or government serious about web security should return to plain-text email:

“Organizations should ensure that they have disabled HTML from being used in emails, as well as disabling links. Everything should be forced to plain text. This will reduce the likelihood of potentially dangerous scripts or links being sent in the body of the email, and also will reduce the likelihood of a user just clicking something without thinking about it. With plain text, the user would have to go through the process of either typing in the link or copying and pasting. This additional step will allow the user an extra opportunity for thought and analysis before clicking on the link.”



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