Encryption is the answer to email thieves.

Chances are, the emails you send for personal and business usage don’t contain high-level government secrets. But that doesn’t mean you want them read by anyone devious enough to hack into your or the recipients’ computers, right? To make sure that your private emails are only seen by the intended recipients, you can encrypt them.

PC World magazine recommends the following:

  • Encrypt the connection from your email provider. When checking your email with a web browser, make sure that Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption is active. This can be done simply by making sure that the URL begins with “https” rather than “http”.
  • Encrypt your actual email messages. Here you can either use encryption features that have been built into your email service or download encryption software. There are also web-based encryption services.
  • Encrypt your stored, cached or archived email messages. When using an email client or app on your computer or mobile device, ensure that stored data is encrypted in case the device is lost or stolen. Methods will vary depending on a variety of factors.

Here’s a detailed article, “How to Encrypt Your Email.” It goes into a lot more detail on the three points listed above.

We shouldn’t have to worry about our communications being intercepted and read, but unfortunately that’s the type of world we live in. It’s good to know that taking those three steps will go a long way toward eliminating that worry.

What other methods have you found effective to keep your communications – written or verbal – private? I’d love to hear about them.

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