Monthly Archives: February 2013

Privacy Violations: Pollution of the Digital Revolution

Today’s Dropbox is a small but shining invention of our Digital Revolution. Technology startups are now designed to grow, and done successfully can be enormously profitable. Great software is empowering people by giving them efficient control over their social lives, financial plans, travel needs and health care in ways never before possible.

But the Digital Revolution is also introducing a new hazard with a wild and unpredictable impact: privacy violations.

The first drop box was invented by Robert Kay in 1760. It increased the speed and efficiency of fabric weaving and helped usher in the Industrial Revolution. For seventy years, advances in mechanics, chemistry and urbanization resulted in both unprecedented improvements to living standards and the foundation of the modern capitalist economy.

The swift change brought with it unintended consequences. Coal-burning factories choked citizens and darkened the sky with a mix of smoke and fog. In London, fatal outbreaks of Cholera resulted from draining raw sewage directly into the Thames. In Cleveland, oil refineries spilled crude into the Cuyahoga River causing it to catch fire three times in 1800s.

During the Industrial Revolution people paid the price of progress with the destruction of the environment. Today, we pay with our privacy. Continue reading

Cloaked Email Updates: One-click Block, BCC Yourself, Lean Emails

Today we’re debuting some updates to Cloaked Email. All three changes are in direct response to feedback from people just like you. Remember to share your ideas and suggestions with us using the Support Gliph or by email at support at

One-click Block
You can now click a link at the bottom of any email received over one of your Cloaked Email addresses to stop receiving email from a particular address. This super-opt-out feature allows you to avoid many hoops that companies make you go through to get off their email list.

If you accidentally block a sender, or change your mind and want to unblock someone, you can still do so. Under Cloaked Email, choose the Cloak you want to edit the block list for and then tap the Edit button to Unblock a particular address.

Copy Yourself on Outgoing Cloaked Email
You can now send yourself a copy of an outgoing email sent over Cloaked Email. The Chrome and Firefox plugins have been updated with a “Send me a copy” item that will copy you on outgoing emails sent via Cloaked Email. Some people describe this as BCCing themselves.

This feature is also available in the Gliph Mobile Web client (, and will be a part of an upcoming release for iPhone. Here are some handy links to the Firefox and Chrome pages:

Lean Emails (Paid Feature)
We’ve added a new upgrade for Cloaked Email called Lean Emails. This paid option removes all promotional content from emails sent or received over Cloaked Email. We’ve added this in direct response to multiple requests for a paid option to remove Gliph company messaging from Cloaked Email.

This feature is currently for sale in the Gliph Web Store and will be a part of an upcoming release for iPhone in-app purchase.

The Official Company Gliphs: Support and Product Updates Gliph

The first thing you notice after signing up for Gliph is that you are connected to the Support Gliph and have an open inbound connection request from the Product Updates Gliph. This entry sheds a bit of light on what these Gliphs are.

The Support Gliph
The Support GliphThe Support Gliph is the primary channel for you to ask questions, make suggestions and communicate with the company.

This account is watched by a few of our team members, and we try to reply as soon as possible. Often we answer questions posed to the Support Gliph within minutes of receiving them.

The Product Updates Gliph
Product Updates GliphWe are often releasing improvements to the Gliph platform, sometimes the changes are rather small and don’t warrant an immediate email newsletter. The Product Updates Gliph is intended as a way for us to announce minor improvements and changes to the Gliph platform.

Company newsletters, and the Gliph Twitter feed continue to be good ways to stay up-to-date on changes, but if you connect with the Product Updates Gliph, you’ll be the first to know. These updates will come in the form of Gliph Messages, and if you have Push enabled, you’ll get them right away.