We teach our kids not to share anything on the internet that they wouldn’t want their grandmothers to see. We tell our employees to be mindful of private information shared via email. But are we really doing all we can to protect this method of conversation?
There are over 204 million emails sent each minute, yet email is one of the most overlooked technologies when it comes to cyber security. A recent study by Domo showed more than 53% of employees receive unencrypted and risky corporate data through email or an attachment. How can we help ensure that the information we’re interacting with is secure?
PGP, which stands for Pretty Good Privacy, is a great first step. PGP works by encrypting email between two people who each have unique digital fingerprints known as PGP keys.
There are two types of PGP keys, private and public. Private keys are just that – they are protected and kept private to each PGP user. Public keys are shared with each recipient, if not the world. These two types of keys allow those with your public key to decrypt mail encrypted with your private key. This encrypted channel keeps unwanted observers out of the email conversation.
The technology has existed since before the Windows era, and hasn’t changed much since. Setting up PGP encryption can be slightly confusing at first, but there are a couple of guides online that outline the setup process.
As long as your recipient is all set up with PGP encryption and your public key on their end, they should be able to decipher and read the message. Anyone else that tries to read it will see garbled, encrypted characters. Remember, not all emails are sent securely and are only viewed by the intended recipient. Make sure you are taking the proper precautions to safeguard yourself from security breaches at all times.
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