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LinkedIn’s “Intro” So Toxic It Could Dramatically Change BYOD

LinkedIn’s new “Intro” iOS app directs all e-mail sent or received on an iOS device through LinkedIn’s servers.

Yes, you’ve got that right.

Even so-called “secure” e-mail.

Even corporate e-mail.

Has LinkedIn been acquired by the NSA?  Sorry, bad joke, poor taste – but I couldn’t resist. It crossed my mind.

BYOD implications

So what’s this to do with BYOD?

Many organizations are still sitting on the sidelines with regards to BYOD. They are passively permitting their employees to use iOS devices (and Androids, Windows phones too) to send and receive corporate e-mail, mostly on unmanaged, personally owned devices. This means that organizations that presently permit their employees to send and receive e-mail using personally owned iOS devices are at risk of all of that e-mail to be read (and retained) by LinkedIn, by every employee that downloads and installs the LinkedIn “Intro” app.

LinkedIn talks about this as “doing the impossible.”  I’d prefer to call it “doing the unthinkable.”

Organizations without MDM (mobile device management) are powerless in preventing this, for the most part.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

This move by LinkedIn may finally get a lot of organizations off the fence in terms of BYOD, but employees might not be happy.  Organizations’ legal departments are going to be having aneurisms right and left when they learn about this, and they may insist that corporate IT establish immediate control over personally owned mobile devices to block the LinkedIn Intro app.

Corporate legal departments usually get their way on important legal matters. This is one of those situations. When Legal realizes that LinkedIn Intro could destroy attorney-client privilege, Legal may march straight to the CIO and demand immediate cessation. That is, once you peel the Legal team off the ceiling.

Nothing like a crisis and reckless abandon by a formerly trusted service provider to get people moving.

This article does a good job of explaining the evils of LinkedIn Intro.

My respect for LinkedIn could not be at a lower point if they publicly admitted that they were sending your content to the government.

Another e-mail tracing service available: SpyPig

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One of my kind readers made me aware of another e-mail tracing service, one that is called SpyPig.

As professional investigators we are highly familiar with ReadNotify, and use it regularly.  We have introduced it into the local legal community, who is accepting it with open arms.

We have not yet tested SpyPig so we are unsure of how it compares to ReadNotify.  At some time in the future we will compare it to ReadNotify.

Use ReadNotify to confirm addressee receipt of e-mail

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If nothing other than simple efficiency, most of the major e-mail services (Yahoo, MSN, Gmail, Hotmail, AOL, etc.) do not support e-mail return receipts. Even when a sender uses a tool that does assert return receipts, such as Outlook or Thunderbird, many of these services simply ignore return receipt requests and do not create them and send them to senders.

ReadNotifyThere is an opportunity to change all that. The tool ReadNotify restores the ability for a sender to know whether a recipient has read an e-mail message. The beauty of this is, it works even for the email services that do not support traditional return receipts.

ReadNotify has a 30-day free trial. After that, choose from either the Basic (US$24/yr) or the Premium (US$36/yr) subscription plan.

If you really need to know whether certain e-mails are actually read by their recipients, ReadNotify may be for you.

Certified Return Receipt

A really nice feature available in ReadNotify is digitally signed return receipts. This option will digitally sign your email and insert a timestamp certificate. This certificate irrevocably links the body and headers of an email to the date and time they were dispatched – and may be offered as court admissible evidence if required.

Other Features

ReadNotify supports several other features, including Ensured (stored on ReadNotify servers until the recipient reads it), Retractable (body of message can be retracted), Self Destruct (message can be destroyed prior to user reading it), Block Print (prevents user from printing – well it slows them down anyway), Invisible (recipient will not be aware of your tracking), and more.

Caution: ReadNotify was apparently used to track e-mails in the HP e-mail scandal. Seek legal advice if you are unsure whether your use of ReadNotify is legal.