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New Big Brother politicians are constantly harping on about the price of freedom being eternal vigilance. With emails you better believe it.

Last week I found a message from an old mate in the spam file automatically generated by BT Yahoo. You often get legitimate emails trapped here, which was why I checked the file. A few odd things struck me, however.

Firstly, his email address was the one he had been using before he recently retired.

Secondly, the message was one line-long and enigmatic.

Thirdly, there was an attachment. So I rang him up. He was a bit testy about it. Nope. Not him, and could he please get on with his G&T by the poolside.

So there it is. The slightest email oddity, even from friends, is probably malignant. Just say no.

Currently, about half the items in my daily architecture news feed from Google, (to access it, click News on the Google opening screen, then News Alerts in the left-hand column) are actually about software architects. Before people at parties start talking to you knowledgably about SQL and the future of Liquid Information, you might like to ring up the ARB and ask what exactly it is doing about the biggest threat ever to the title that it exists to protect.

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