Preauthentication and email

Ok, a significant part of the Internet is devoted to spam/junk emails.  Never has a day gone by in the last 10 years where I have not had a single spam email and that is with the best filtering you can get.

My brother reported to me yesterday that my dads business deals with 20,000 spam attempts per day. Perhaps 3 to 5 get though.  Which statistically is fine but for a user its annoying in the first place.

At the beginning of the decade their was a flirtation with pre authenticating people with whitelists of known people.  This died out as people hated having to email to say yes this is valid and it broke mailing lists.

Now I prefer instant messages because of that pre-authentication is built into the protocol.

For email to survive it needs to evolve.  Claims that changes that break existing functionality need to be pushed down.  You cannot make an omelet without breaking some eggs.

Email servers need to store whitelists, they need to get the whitelists from their users.  The same system that instant message clients use is absolutely fine.  More and more I am using instant messaging for business, given another 10 years and I would expect it to be the majority of the time.


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