How many emails do you send per day? What about throughout your entire company?
Every time you or one of your employees hits “Send,” that message embarks on an incredibly dangerous journey. Every path it takes through the connected world is filled with traps and opportunistic hackers just waiting for you (or your workers) to slip up. No target is too small for a smart and savvy hacker.
Why You Should Always Encrypt Your Emails
Sending personal, confidential, or sensitive information in an unencrypted format is the digital equivalent of leaving your house key under the doormat – you’re just making things easier for hackers. By encrypting all of your email communications, you can prevent all but the most sophisticated hackers from accessing your private messages. There’s also an extra layer of security available via personal email certificates, which can cut down on spam and any phishing attempts made from your email address. This will verify that the message sent is indeed coming from you and not a malicious automated process.
The Journey of a Message: Where Your Email Goes
Your email message doesn’t travel directly from your device to the recipient’s device. It travels through various network connections and servers (each with its own level of security) before arriving at its destination. The more paths it has to travel through cyberspace, the more opportunities there are for a hacker to intercept it. Ensuring that your computer, smartphone, and email server are configured properly is a great preventative step, but there’s something to be said about being smart about your email habits. For instance, a direct connection to your cell phone carrier’s data network is more secure than an open Wi-Fi signal at the neighborhood coffee shop, so slow down and think twice before you hit “Send.”
Google recently stated that nearly half of the emails sent between Gmail and other email providers are unencrypted. That’s because while Gmail’s (and many other companies’ email services) are encrypted at its own mail servers, end-to-end email encryption only works when the recipient’s server is properly configured to decrypt the message.
If your head is spinning and the security of your email communications is in question, you owe it to yourself and your company to sit down with a professional IT security specialist. The team at CMIT Solutions of Seattle can help you find vulnerabilities in your IT systems and keep you up-to-date against sophisticated hacks, viruses, and data losses. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.