MailChimp tightens up security – will other email marketing services follow suit?

I may be a little late to the party, but I was pleased to discover today that MailChimp – a popular online tool used by companies and individuals for managing email campaigns – has tightened up its security with a number of new features.

If you’ve never been involved in managing mailing lists, you might not be familiar with MailChimp. But it’s certainly made a name for itself both through its ease-of-use and strong branding courtesy of its chimp mascot.

In an email to its users, MailChimp explains that the new security features are “optional but strongly encouraged”:

* TXT and email security alerts: MailChimp can send your phone an SMS text message when it detects a login, attempted list download, or other change that might affect your account’s security. Email alerts are also available. More info

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity industry, having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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