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TODAY'S RANT: WHAT YOU DON'T SEE CAN HURT YOU!

TRASH-ATI have been dealing with technology for at least fifty years, so I am never surprised by outages, glitches, bugs, and other routine events. So when my onecitizenspeaking email stopped working, there was little cause for panic.

  • I checked my connection.
  • I checked my email vendor for outages.
  • I logged on to the vendor's web client and found no issues.
  • I checked for operating system updates.
  • I checked for email client updates.
  • I reviewed my email client settings, including log-on credentials.
  • I rebooted my computer.
  • I enabled advanced logging and sent a series of test messages.

Aha!

Congrats! Your email has been successfully updated to Microsoft 365. Check out your new dashboard!

Get Advanced Email Security for $4.99 per user/month and keep your emails safe from viruses and phishing.

My email vendor switched their account settings to those used by Microsoft 365, which is now their email provider of choice.

I updated my settings to accommodate the switch to Microsoft, cleared the logs, and re-sent my series of test messages.

All was well – or was it?

In the discovery process, I found that my email was being filtered by an unknown third party, Microsoft, and other than explicitly whitelisting domains or specific email addresses, I had lost control of my incoming and outgoing messaging. Since they are scanning my email, who knows what they are eliminating? Especially when we see big tech censoring and canceling conservative individuals, organizations, and sites.

There was no comfort in learning, "Your email is stored on Microsoft's secure servers, which prevent any damage while your email is at rest. However, when you send and receive messages, they can be exposed to attackers while in transit. That's where the Advanced Email Security add-on comes in. It keeps your emails safe from ever being seen or tampered with and helps prevent some of the common mistakes that can lead to compromises."

I confirmed that there was no way to really turn off this third-party spam filtering, only adjusting parameters; and that after fifteen days, any mail in the spam folder would be automatically deleted.

And, I am not the only one in the community with a problem with this policy.

When I have called GoDaddy about this (several times), they have not offered any solutions except to try to create Rules to take all incoming emails and send them to the Inbox. I am experimenting with this now to see if it will completely bypass the junk email filter. Ridiculous that turning off the junk email filter is not a selectable option, but it is a workaround that we will see if it hopefully works. -- Scott

Rules will not work - mail is filtered before the rules run. --Diane

I discussed this several times directly with Microsoft tech support and also discussed with an independent Outlook consultant. They said that the ability to turn off the junk email filter previously existed though it was removed from user control at some point. --Scott

Bottom line…

It is time to separate my email from my domain provider to another more secure vendor who is not likely to censor or cancel the account.

It is time for legislation to return ownership and control over users' information to the user, and restrict those onerous third-party unilateral terms of services that rape users.

I pay for my email service and expect it to be free from vendor manipulation.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



WHERE ARE THE GOOD MEN WHO ARE WILLING TO FIGHT EVIL?

Burke

There is no doubt in my mind that President Biden is incapable of performing the duties required of the President of the United States, much less acting as the Commander-in-Chief of the United States military.

I believe that Biden is following the direction of former President Obama's minions like Jake Sullivan, Susan Rice, and Obama's hand-picked generals and apparatchiks.

These are the same people involved in spying on Americans, corrupting our nation's premier intelligence and law enforcement agencies, and who have produced a movement of corrupt and feckless diplomats in the State Department. Their foreign policy prescriptions have been a complete and utter disaster.

Don't blame our former allies for not trusting the word of the United States…

The United States pressured Ukraine into giving up its nuclear weapons by promising protection against invasion. Now, we are reluctant to provide offensive weapons to deter Russian aggression.

The United States removed nuclear weapons from South Korea as part of an agreement with North Korea to halt their development of atomic weapons.

The Biden administration ignores Israel and tries to cut another foolish nuclear agreement with Iran, brokered by the Russians, to save Obama's alleged legacy. I say allegedly because the deal was a sham from the start, and Iran continued toward their goal of producing an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear payload.

Afghanistan was just a preview of the damage wrought by the Biden Administration as they left Americans behind enemy lines.

Look around…

Consider Canada, our neighbor to the North. Black Lives Matter rampages without consequences, and when truckers protest, the Canadian political leadership turns authoritarian and oppressive.

Consider Mexico, our neighbor to the South. America is being invaded by illegal aliens from Mexico who are being secreted everywhere throughout the United States.

Consider that many illegal aliens legally fly into the United States with valid paperwork and overstay their Visas. The Biden Administration refuses to track exits and go after those breaking the law.

Bottom line…

Where are the good men and women in and outside our government?

Now is not the time for Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who looks at the enemy and tries to find bi-partisan measures to he can advance their agenda, freedom be damned.

I believe there is a special place in hell for the mainstream media who refuses to speak truth to power.

We are so screwed.

-- steve


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS