Apple adds powerful new privacy features to Mail and more

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Apple Privacy Slide from WWDC 2021
Apple is taking even more shots at advertisers in the WWDC 2021 Privacy updates
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Apple is bringing big privacy-focused changes to its Mail app and other parts of its ecosystem, the company said Monday.

“At Apple, we believe privacy is a fundamental human right,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of software engineering. “We don’t think you should have to make a tradeoff between great features and privacy. We believe you deserve both.”

iCloud Mail ‘issue’ leads to slow Apple email [Updated]

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iCloud Mail ‘issue’ leads to slow Apple email
Your Apple email is slow or not arriving at all because iCloud Mail is having problems.
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Update: Apple changed the status on iCloud Mail from “issue” to “resolved issue” on Thursday afternoon. Problems with the service persisted for about 5.5 hours before being fixed, though.

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It’s not just you having problems with an Apple email account. Apple reports that iCloud Mail has been having an ‘issue’ for several hours.

The service is not completely offline, however.

How to protect your Mac, iPhone, iPad from Efail email exploit

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EFAIL lets hackers read encrypted emails on your iPhone.
EFAIL lets hackers read encrypted emails on your iPhone.
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Researchers in Europe have discovered a way to read the contents of encrypted emails sent with iOS and macOS devices. The so-called Efail exploit is significant enough that the Electronic Frontier Foundation calls it an “immediate risk.”

Apple is certainly working on a patches for all its devices, but there are ways to protect your laptop, phone and tablet now.

Search better and faster with this powerful email app [Deals]

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Postbox 5 is packed with tools that can save frequent emailers a lot of time and effort.
Postbox 5 is packed with tools that can save frequent emailers a lot of time and effort.
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Anyone who sends a lot of emails knows that a little extra efficiency goes a long way. Whether it’s typing out the same canned response over and over, combing endless threads, or just entering your name. Apple Mail and Outlook are great, but they can fall short for power users.

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The MailButler plugin adds a range of super-useful features to Apple Mail.
The MailButler plugin adds a range of super-useful features to Apple Mail.
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