Mobile Security Measures for Sending Protected E-Mails

E-mail and file transfers are at the core of any day at the mobile office, and yet security measures for these familiar tasks aren't always in place. We walk you through the steps to take to securely send e-mails and transfer files.

Even in this day and age, after decades of having the Internet, we are still surprisingly sending and receiving most of our e-mails and information insecurely through the World Wide Web. We’re still using most of the founding protocols and technologies that transfer data in what we call clear-text.

When in clear-text, your passwords and the data content can be captured on the local network you’re connected to, which is an even bigger problem when connected to a public Wi-Fi hotspot or Internet port. Additionally, the data could be captured and read by hackers or eavesdroppers during stops at servers when it’s moving through the Web.

Our main Web browsing protocol (HTTP) is insecure; that’s why we use HTTPS (with SSL encryption) for banking and other sensitive sites. The popular e-mail protocols (POP3, IMAP, and SMTP) also carry the login and message details in clear-text. Even protocols like MySQL and Telnet that can help store and administrate very sensitive data are unencrypted.

In this tutorial, we’ll see how we can protect our data and privacy. So the next time, for example, you must send your social security number in an e-mail or you must transfer sensitive documents, you won’t have to worry.


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How to Securely Send E-mails and Transfer Files

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security, e-mail security, file transfer, mobile security

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