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Old 7 Jan 2017, 12:34 PM   #1
mingky
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sfletter.com

Just signed up for an account on www.sfletter.com

Has anyone used this free email provider before? Opinions?
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Old 7 Jan 2017, 08:00 PM   #2
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Opinions?
From their Product Comparison page:
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Email messages and attachments can be accessed only on the computer where they were opened for the first time
I'm not sure everybody is thrilled by this feature.
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Old 7 Jan 2017, 08:39 PM   #3
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I'm not sure everybody is thrilled by this feature.
It's intended as secure email service. It protects against forwarding to third parties and against copying and unauthorized use of the attachments.
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Old 8 Jan 2017, 02:14 AM   #4
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It protects against forwarding to third parties and against copying and unauthorized use of the attachments.
Quoting from the sfletter's documentation again:
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If you choose "Protect the attachments", the text of the email message will be displayed as an ordinary message, and a recipient needs to install StarForce reader to open the received attachments. An instruction about how a recipient can open a protected document will be placed in the attachment [...] Linux users will not be able to open a protected document, but it will remain protected. In this case, we recommend you to use Wine or other systems to work with Windows-based applications.
This, plus the restriction on the systems where one can read messages, makes it too messy for an ordinary user.

There is a borderline between usability and security, and to my mind, sfletter has gone much too far towards overprotection. Of course your requirements may differ.
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Old 8 Jan 2017, 04:30 AM   #5
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Interesting service. Their approach is novel.
If they had a linux solution other than wine I would try it out.
Getting contacts to install software would be a major hurdle and having every platform covered is a must.
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