Secure Messaging Improvement: Notifications

We’ve got a much requested improvement for you on last week’s Secure Messaging and Password Sending releases. No more waiting and frantic clicking the Check for Updates button — Passpack will now send you an email notification when you receive a secure message.

Here’s the complete list of messages that are dispatched:

  • Someone sent you a Secure Message
  • Someone sent you a Password Entry
  • Someone has invited you into their Ring of Trust
  • Someone has replied to an invite-chat
  • Someone has accepted you into their Ring of Trust
  • (alas) Someone has removed you from their Ring of Trust

The first two or three letters of the person’s Community Name will be included in the email as well. The full name is blanked out to protect the other person’s privacy.

(note, there's no link in this email)

(note, there's no link in this email)

What Email is Used?

We’ve set this up on your support email. If you don’t have one set up, you can do so under Settings > Manage Your Email.

Turned On By Default

We usually introduce feature modifications as “turned off” so as not to annoy people already using them. But since being able to know when you have a new message is vital to being able to use messages properly, we’ve flipped that rule round.

So, if you’d like to not email notifications, you can take care of that in Settings > Sharing Options (it’s a little empty looking right now, but we’ll be integrating more improvements over the coming weeks).

Of course, if you don’t have any email set, then none of this will work anyway [wink].

We’re still working full steam on messages and sharing, so keep the feedback coming.

5 responses to “Secure Messaging Improvement: Notifications

  1. Johannes

    That should be a very useful feature.

    I’m still having another problem with messaging though. I have no messages. When I click on “list all” or “list favourites only” the “one moment, please…” box is shown indefinitely, meaning I have to restart passpack.

  2. @Johannes
    Is this new as of now, or did you have this problem before hand too?

    If you haven’t yet, please let the guys know.

  3. notifications are partially useful.
    I think that in order to be effective, you should put a link directly to the message just like every web application.
    if not, it’s too much work and I forget about it

  4. i agree with alain

  5. Alain and Slay,
    Any thoughts on whether or not this could potentially confuse people or be used for phishing? It’s part of the reason why in the past, Passpack has had a no-link policy. This way you know that if you get an email that claims it’s from Passpack and it has a link, you know that you shouldn’t click on it.

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