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Phone Apps Breach Privacy

Phone apps breach privacy, few devices know more personal details about people than the smartphones in their pockets: phone numbers, current location, the network you are connecting from, often the owner’s real name—even a unique ID number that can never be changed or turned off.

These phones don’t keep secrets. They are sharing this personal data widely and regularly, every time you use them, a Wall Street Journal investigation has found.

An examination of 101 popular smartphone “apps”—games and other software applications for iPhone and Android phones—showed that 56 transmitted the phone’s unique device ID to other companies without users’ awareness or consent. Forty-seven apps transmitted the phone’s location in some way. Five sent age, gender and other personal details to outsiders, according to The New York Times.

On July 24, 2019, the FTC announced a settlement order closing its investigation into Facebook. Facebook agreed to pay a $5 billion fine and make a number of changes with regards to privacy. The order covers a number of practices that undermine user privacy, including finding that Facebook uses phone numbers it collects for security to target ads. This undermines trust in two factor authentication (2FA), a critical security feature that allows users to get a code texted to them when they log-in to confirm their identity. We don’t think Facebook is alone in this practice.

@i3.net we do not ask for your name or your address or your phone number. You pay with PayPal using a credit or debit card or your PayPal account, You will be billed annually by PayPal prior to your account expiration.

Several of our competitors use apps from Apple and Android to connect to their services, phone apps breach privacy, we don’t believe this is consistent with privacy or security. We do not ask for your phone number, or your name, or the country you connect from, we don’t need any personal information to provide you with email service. Our network is secured, all connections to our mail servers are secure both incoming and outgoing.

When you connect to mail.i3.net using our webmail client your connection is encrypted. Your ISP or VPN provider could see your connection to our server but not the content or where your mail comes from or goes to. When you read or write your messages you are not sending them to our server, you are on our server on what is essentially a remote terminal. The only records of your activity on your computer is in the history in your browser. If your browser setting are set to not save history or to delete history when you close it, there is virtually no record on your device. The next time you login all your messages will be there. on our server in your mailbox, until you  delete them. Our servers only accept secured connections. All mail and attachment incoming, outgoing and between users on our server are scanned for spam, viruses and malware, in an effort to protect our users and our service.

A question often asked, “Can I use the mail client on my device? Yes, we support all the known mail clients, but, by using them you introduce a third party in the mix. When you use a  mail client app on your device your mail is visible to them, it is in a folder they control in accord with their user agreement.

Can I encrypt my mail? Yes, you can send and receive encrypted mail, we have a built in PGP key manager, you can encrypt all mail or just the mail you select. It takes less than a minute to setup, and you control the keys.

Start now by getting your own private, secure anonymous email account @i3.net when you click on the “Create Account” button below or the “Open an Email Account”  link in the left hand column of the desktop site, fill in the email address you want as “name”@i3.net when finalized this will be your email address and your username, then type in and confirm your password, don’t forget your password, we don’t know it we can’t get it, The “Secret Question” and “Secret Answer” fields are used for verification that you are the account holder.  We don’t know who you are. Click on submit and you will be taken to PayPal to complete the transaction. if you get an error correct it and click submit again. A username that is already in use will give an error they are checked in real time, enter your next choice and click submit. You will be charged $1.00  for each month of email service, this service will automatically renew until you unsubscribe through PayPal.

After completing payment you will get a message to return to merchant click on it or you will go directly to the login page at mail.i3.net, enter your (username / email address) and password click on LOGIN, if you are asked to save the login save it, and you have completed your email setup. To check your email from any device use your secure web browser and go to https://mail.i3.net and enter your email address as your username and password to login. Do not save this login if you are logging in from a device you do not own.

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