When was the last time you sent critical financial information on the back of a postcard? Hopefully, the answer is never… or at least “once, in 1962, but I learned my lesson.” It’s an intuitively stupid idea. So why is it then, that we still trust email with so much sensitive information? They’re equivalent to each other, in security terms. Allow me to explain.
Firstly, there are so many email providers that even if yours offers protection through encryption, emails are often sent unencrypted because the recipient provider doesn’t support it. Don’t believe me? Google stated in 2014 that between 40% and 50% of all emails exchanged between Gmail and other providers were sent insecurely. This is often the great failing of ‘zero-knowledge’ providers, like Protonmail, that market their privacy credentials: the moment I email anyone who’s not on a secure service, all that protection goes out the window. The message is sent naked. What’s more, major providers, like Gmail, water down their encryption so they can also read your emails. All the better to serve ads to you, my dear.
The Sony hack of 2014 is a great example of how these issues can converge into one mammoth problem for you and your business. Of everything leaked, the emails were the most memorable: a media feeding frenzy and PR disaster encircled Sony as business secrets and dirty laundry were aired for all to see. If you’d like to avoid Sony’s fate, we have some solutions for you. Just listen to the podcast.