[K12OSN] [OT] Why avoid html email

Sudev Barar sbarar at gmail.com
Mon Mar 12 12:45:52 UTC 2007

On 12/03/07, joe auerbach <JoeA at netwalk.com> wrote:
> I think the mods killed this thread, but since you asked, here's what
> I've got on html email:

Thanks Joe, This is exact type of information I needed to bring in
some list discipline. I know many people may not like it, just like
frowns on inline and bottom posting requests.

> 1) Spam.  html is one of the tools that spammers use to fool text based
> spam filtering (by sending you a picture of the word viagra, for
> example).  Which is why a lot of html email sits in spam filters for a
> while.
> 2) html is a web protocol.  It allows for any number of scripts and
> redirects.  This is a good thing on web pages, but in email it can lead
> to any number of problems.  it's one of the biggest methods that email
> based Trojan horses are delivered.
> 3) Memory.  bear in mind that most of us are probably using email
> clients and as a result all the text from the html code sits on our
> systems and can easily triple the size of a message, which is just more
> space to make my email backups larger.  I doubt I'm the only one.
> 4) I'm not sure if any of us are on digest here, but conflicting html is
> a daily digest is not a good thing.
> Overall, I'd say the security issues are the most common.  Anything you
> can do to screw with a system in html on a website you can do in an html
> email for the most part.  And people are less worried about security
> from email, most times, and will be more likely to fall prey to trickery
> there than online.

Any other Guru's?

Sudev Barar

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