Feeds

Careless email is like giving a child a gun

Oh no it isn't

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The essential guide to IT transformation

The careless use of email can be so dangerous it's like giving a child an Uzi sub machine gun in some misguided hope that it won't run amok and cause widespread carnage. This graphic analogy is being used by Content Technologies Ltd which reckons that almost two thirds of office workers have risked their personal and business credibility with email errors in the workplace. But The Register contacted a firearms expert, who scoffed at this suggestion. "Have you seen the damage an Uzi 9mm SMG can do to flesh and bone? I have and it's not a pretty sight," he said. "To say that firing off a few emails to the wrong place and watching a small child wrestle with a short barrelled Uzi as the bullets rip through internal organs showering soft tissue up against a wall is just too much. "When I was in Nam..." And so on. In the survey, Content Technologies -- which developed the Internet content security product MIMEsweeper -- found that 61 per cent of people have sent an email to the wrong person. It also found that almost three quarters of people would automatically send confidential information to a company director without first checking that the email was genuine. "Most people don't mind if they are sent the wrong email, but, if it comes from a business address, it can have serious consequences in terms of corporate credibility and integrity," said Chris Heslop, marketing manager at Content Technologies. He cited one example where an employee sent an email by mistake to a customer containing a personal insult. Not only was she sacked but her former employer also lost a valuable contract. Nearly the same as a child running amok with an Uzi, but somehow not quite. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Premier League wants to PURGE ALL FOOTIE GIFs from social media
Not paying Murdoch? You're gonna get a right LEGALLING - thanks to automated software
Online tat bazaar eBay coughs to YET ANOTHER outage
Web-based flea market struck dumb by size and scale of fail
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
US regulators OK sale of IBM's x86 server biz to Lenovo
Now all that remains is for gov't offices to ban the boxes
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
Class war! Wikipedia's workers revolt again
Bourgeois paper-shufflers have 'suspended democracy', sniff unpaid proles
'Aaaah FFS, 'amazeballs' has made it into the OXFORD DICTIONARY'
Plus: 'EE, how shocking, ANOTHER problem I face with your service'
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.