Originally Posted by Ssith
i have never understood why email was not protected like snail mail is as far as "you're not the recipient, you don't get to open it."
Because the email is effectively already open, unless its been encrypted in any way. Anyone can intercept and read an unencrypted email, it's plain text, and the recipient wouldn't even know
I tend to think of email as more like a postcard rather than being a latter in a sealed envelope. Anyone can read what's written on a postcard as there's nothing to open. I wouldn't put anything private and confidential on a postcard, and I treat email in exactly the same way.