Friday, August 16, 2013

Top Reasons Email Isn't Secure

Insecure Connections

Some browser-based email services provide secure connections while viewing email, but some do not. If the URL doesn't start with https:// (the "s" being the important part), then you are not using a secure connection and an eavesdropper could view everything you send and receive.

Email Route

In most cases, after clicking the "Send" button your email will travel out on the open Internet passing through various devices before finally ending up at the recipient's server. Has your email been stored or viewed along the way? Who knows? Your guess is as good as ours, but just like sending a postcard, you should probably expect that it could be viewed along the way.

Sent Items

Many email providers automatically save your sent emails in a separate folder. If you don't actively delete these saved sent emails, then it becomes an easily accessible archive of everything you've sent. If someone gains access to your email account, they could view these items. Additionally, these items are stored on your email provider's servers.

Recipient's Inbox 

OK, so your email has made its way to its recipient's inbox. She has read it and it is now stored with all of her other read emails. Let's say she accidentally left her email account logged in on a shared/public computer. The next person to use that computer now has access to all of her emails including the confidential email you recently sent her. This is just one scenario, but the idea is that you have no control over the email stored in someone else's account.

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