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					Individuals and businesses often use email to send passwords, financial
data, and other sensitive information without understanding all the
risks. In general, email messages are transmitted in plain text over the
internet without any form of encryption. Several states, including
California and Massachusetts, have passed their own legislation requiring
email encryption. The Federal government's Health Insurance Portability
and Accountability Act (HIPAA) mandates that healthcare providers utilize
email encryption technology. Financial services firms also face
regulation under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Imagine what would happen
to your business if sensitive client information, credit card numbers or
even health records contained in an email were intercepted.Brokerage
firms use email encryption for transmitting trade confirmations. Anytime
a person places a buy or sell order, it is a requirement for brokerage
firms to send a trade confirmation. These are typically sent through
postal mail, however, this process can take days, is an expensive process
and contain sensitive information that could get lost or even
intercepted. Through email encryption, brokerage firms can securely
deliver the confirmations electronically.The banking community also use
email encryption to replace traditional methods of communicating such as
postal mail, fax, overnight couriers and unsecured email. Sensitive
information such as details on bank operations, customers name and
account numbers are now encrypted and delivered securely internally, with
customers. Even Facebook and Twitter recently began offering encrypted
sessions. Once in your account settings, find the option that says
"Always use https".For travel or even personal use, you should also think
about email encryption when using a free public Wi-Fi connection. Whether
using your laptop, tablet or even your Smartphone, sensitive information
needs to be protected. If you use a locally installed email program such
as Outlook, you can protect your email messages by downloading a free
Secure Add-In for Microsoft Outlook that will allow you to send and
receive encrypted emails. There are also other email encryption services
that allow you to send secure emails for free without downloading
software or the use of encryption keys and works on any email client or
web enabled device.More and more sites are recognizing the importance of
email encryption, especially as users continue to voice their privacy
concerns. With the existing legislation in several states, presumably
more states will follow, and the potential cost of intercepted data, it
is important for businesses and individuals to protect confidential
information by sending secure emails. Surprisingly, many businesses still
do not have this technology in place. All it takes is just one data
breach - keep this from happening with email encryption.

				
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