More Transitions: AOL/Yahoo Consolidation

Remember how I said that I thought 2018 would be the year of consolidation?

First you had the Microsoft platform consolidation, the merging of their Office 365 and Hotmail platforms. A lot of senders are still dealing with issues around that transition.

Now we're getting word that AOL and Yahoo are going to begin to merge their platforms, starting in February. Step one: Inbound mail to the AOL domains will now be handled by the Yahoo inbound mail servers.

2018 is going to be a wild ride.

H/T: Word to the Wise

History Repeating: Challenge/Response again?!

At least one mailing list operator on Mailop is reporting that he's receiving mail from something called BitBounce. It sounds like some combination of crypto-currency based "pay to send email" thing (remember Hashcash? Or is this more like e-postage?) where you attempt to limit spam by requiring each individual sender to pay some extra fee (which doesn't really work unless the whole world buys into the model) and "challenge/response" email filtering wherein you attempt to limit spam by spamming back to the sender a requirement that they click on a link and do a little dance to prove they're human. Which still doesn't work very well, not back when I talked about it in 2014, not back when I talked about it in 2006.

Whaaaaat? This nonsense again? Nobody reads the history books anymore, do they? Kids today...

Canada and Japan joining forces to stop spam

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has signed an agreement with Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications. The two groups pledge to work together to "combat unsolicited commercial electronic messages." It sounds like they'll be sharing information to trace spamming bad guys across borders. The agreement came into force on January 1st, 2018.

The CRTC further indicated that it "has entered into similar bilateral agreements with the United Kingdom’s Information Commissioner’s Office, the United States Federal Trade Commission, the United States Federal Communications Commission, the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs and the Australian Communications and Media Authority."

You use 2FA for your Google account, right?

If so, eventually you'll end up replacing your phone, and you might need a guide on how to transfer that 2FA code generation from the current phone to the new phone. How do you do that? Gizmodo's Field Guide has you covered.

They also explain how to do this with Apple and Microsoft accounts, as well.

You DO use 2FA (two factor authentication), right? Please do. It can perhaps be imperfect, but I've personally seen it save the day when people have tried to nefariously access the email accounts of my friends (and even my own account).

Now Hiring: Postmark

Postmark is an api-based email service provider for transactional email messages. Postmark's Chris Nagele reached out to me to let me know that they are hiring, looking for somebody to fill the "Head of Deliverability" role.

Have you worked as a lead overseeing large scale email volume? Do you understand SMTP from a technical perspective? Know SMTP response codes and how to react to them? Able to segment mail streams to mitigate risk across a large customer base? Very familiar with email authentication protocols such as SPF, DKIM, DMARC, and ARC?

If so, this might be the job for you! Click on through to the job posting for full details and information on how to apply.