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Moving Towards a Secure Tomorrow With Email Encryption

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Moving Towards a Secure Tomorrow With Email Encryption

While you probably never had to endure any untoward incident regarding sending classified emails like your login information for your bank account, nonetheless you are vulnerable to being the next victim of a hacker. If you send emails through an unencrypted network, then hackers can intercept your emails and view the contents and attachments or operate your email account as well.

To emphasize the cruciality of the security of emails here are some mind-boggling data revealing the scale of cybersecurity crimes that you perhaps were a victim of or were affected and are vulnerable to this day:

  • Several billion Yahoo user accounts were compromised a few years ago
  • Research on cybersecurity reveals that malicious email URLs comprise a substantial percentage of total emails.

The data are a reflection of the extent of vulnerability of emails in particular for most oblivious users. Nonetheless, you can protect your data as well as your account.

To protect your account from hackers by ensuring that your security remains uncompromised encryption is the way to go. If your emails are encrypted then they would be unreadable, regardless of whether a hacker possibly gains access.

Defining Encrypted Email and its Benefits

Essentially, you can encrypt emails by two widely used protocols, namely PGP/MIME and S/MIME.

PGP/MIME (Pretty Good Privacy/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)

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PGP/MIME is one protocol for signing and encrypting emails as well as attachments. While encrypting emails, you the user can control along with flexibility as to how infallible your encryption is; however, a third-party tool for encryption is essential.

This protocol’s noteworthy benefit is the contents of an email will never be compromised in other words, it would remain intact in case of interception of an email. The entire message has to be downloaded along with attachments as both the message and the attachments would require encryption concurrently.

S/MIME (Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions)

With S/MIME users can send digitally-signed and encrypted emails. Owing to S/MIME email recipients can be sure that the message they receive is what the sender had initiated. Moreover, it ensures an outgoing message is undeniably from an authentic sender.

Curious to know how S/MIME works? S/MIME is equipped to provide security services based on cryptography, including digital signatures, message integrity, and authentication. These aspects in their entirety operate in tandem for enhancing security and privacy for the email’s recipient and sender alike.

S/MIME is compatible with different technologies, namely Transport Layer Security (TLS) encrypting the passage among both email servers. The S / MIME protocol is compatible with the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and masks the connectivity between Office 365 servers; a standard email service and email messages.

\Furthermore, BitLocker operates alongside the S/MIME protocol, encrypting data in a data center’s hard drive therefore even after gaining access, a hacker cannot decode the data.

The Benefits of Encrypted Email

It cannot be emphasized enough the cruciality of ensuring that your classified data is safe and secure in an increasingly hostile corporate environment with cases of data being vulnerable to cyberattacks. Encrypting emails is only a basic security measure you may undertake, helping you secure your classified data. Email encryption provides users mental peace knowing their messages will remain intact and secure.

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Avik Chakravorty

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