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Address Book for Success?

By Rob Pegoraro
Washington Post Staff Writer
June 6, 1997

Whatever phone number you need to know right now, odds are you can't find it anywhere. You left your paper address book at home, the personal information manager (PIM) program you use on your computer keeps crashing and the batteries on your Newton are toast. One solution is to stick that data on the Web. Brookline, Mass.-based Server Corp. lets Web users create personal address books, calendars and to-do lists on its Web site. Nothing here is too sophisticated the address-book feature includes only fields for name, organization, phone number, e-mail and Web address, plus a "misc" field for irrelevant data like mailing addresses but it's accessible and, more important, editable from any Web browser. One good feature, which the Server Corp. inexplicably doesn't require users to set up, is password protection for your files; without it, your data is visible to anybody who can guess the right six-digit ID number. Even with that, however, there's no encryption available, so (ahem) don't put any phone numbers here you wouldn't want your significant other to see.

-Rob Pegoraro

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