You hear it all the time: There’s no such thing as privacy on the internet. Well, that’s mostly true. In many cases, messages that you send and receive over insecure networks could potentially be viewed by anyone who manages to access that network. However, when you encrypt your emails, you reduce the odds of hacked emails to nearly zero. Email encryption is a vital step to protecting yourself on the web, and if you’re a business, it will protect your customers as well.
So, what is email encryption? Email encryption can be performed in a few different ways, but the bottom line is that only you and the intended recipient can read the emails you send. For anyone who intercepts your emails (such as hackers), the emails would be virtually unreadable.
Who needs email encryption? Technically, anyone could be helped by email encryption. Since encryption renders your emails unreadable by anyone who might intercept them, it will protect your privacy and personal information. For businesses that email personal or medical information about their customers, email encryption is an absolute must. Doctors, attorneys, insurance agents, escrow companies, banks, and mortgage companies are just a few examples.
Imagine the potential fallout if a customer’s Social Security number, credit card number, bank account number, or other personal information is stolen from your email account. If the data leak is traced back to your email, you could be responsible for an unpleasant public relations event, along with possible financial consequences. No one wants to be responsible for hackers getting their hands on sensitive customer information.
How is it done? In order to properly protect your email (and your business) from hackers, you should encrypt three main things:
- Your emails themselves
- Stored or archived (old) emails
- The connection with your email provider
With these three components encrypted, unauthorized users on your network won’t be able to intercept or read your emails. But of course, this process could get a bit complicated, and that’s why we’re here to help. Give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions about email encryption, or any other security concerns that you might have. We can also provide you with email encryption service if you need it.