Most individuals recognize the need for taking steps to enhance the security and privacy of certain types of online transactions.  Maybe it’s when they shop online or conduct financial transactions (e.g., banking, paying credit cards).

But what about emails?  Are individuals even thinking about the same security and privacy issues when sending or responding to emails? We’ve gotten so accustomed to the ease of emails that these same issues might not even be considered.

That’s the point of a very helpful April 17th article by Ross McKerchar.  His article talks about the fact that individuals might assume that their emails are protected or can’t be read by others or are not susceptible to being spoofed (nakedsecurity.sophos.com; “Practical IT: What you need to know about email encryption”).  As he writes, those are incorrect assumptions.  Mr. McKerchar writes about three options for encrypting emails.  As he notes, however, these options are not equally easy to use and individuals might need assistance in using any one of them.

His article is worth reading to learn about the three available options; understand their respective advantages; and then decide if one of them might be worth implementing.

Another excellent resource is a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) video.  It’s called “Hacked Email: What to do” and can be found on the FTC’s website.