Ask Your IT Services Provider: Emails Are Not Secure

7/6/2017

In both our personal lives and our businesses, email is an essential tool. Allowing us to communicate directly, quickly, and inexpensively, it has become the standard form of communication for countless companies across the globe. But, among email’s many benefits, it’s important to remember: security is not one of them. It is a common misconception that only the sender and the recipient of an email are able to read it. Many people imagine their emails as a sealed envelope, sent unopened from A to B, with their contents shielded from everyone in between. This is not true: emails are not secure. Today, we’re going to look at why.

Emails are sent in plain text

If you were imagining emails as regular mail, sealed in an envelope, a better analogy would be sending a letter without an envelope. Every person who interacts with that letter: the postal clerk, the bulk transporters, the carriers… they can all read its content. An email’s contents aren’t typically encrypted, sealed, or shielded from anyone on the public networks that they travel over.

Email was not designed for privacy

Email was never intended to be as ubiquitous as it is. Its creators never imagined that it would become a crucial tool for businesses and individuals. As such, in-depth security measures were never implemented. Because of this, email has a number of potential points of failure: your (or your recipient’s) devices, the public networks that it travels across, and the servers on which it is stored.

At NobleNetworks, our goal is to provide informative, effective IT services to clients in the Kalamazoo area. If your business relies on email as a primary form of communication, we can help you set up encryption – a topic that we’ll discuss in our next post – to help make your communications more secure. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that you should never send sensitive information – personal data, credit card numbers, banking information, passwords, and so forth – through email. If you have any questions about the security of your business’ emails, be sure to contact us today.