Why eCards are a bad idea all round



December 21st, 2008

This is the time of year when many people will be sending holiday greetings to one another. And a popular method of doing this is to send eCards (email greetings cards), but I'm here to tell you that this is a bad idea all round.

The attraction of eCards is obvious. It's a cheap, inexpensive, and quick way of sending greetings to someone. All you need is the recipient's email address and you're done.

So why are eCards a bad idea? Well, it's because the idea of eCards has been latched onto by scammers as a way of getting you to click on links and visit a website that could hold malware. And that's the problem - how do you tell the difference between a legitimate eCard sent by your friend of family and one sent by a scammer? It's tricky, which is why I recommend that people ignore all emails claiming to be eCards. There are too many scammers out there trying to get you to click on links or open attachments.

Rather than sending people eCards, and therefore encouraging them to click on links and making them vulnerable to hackers, just send your friends and family a standard email. This is both better and safer.

Happy Holidays!

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