If this doesn't solve your problem and you are sure that your emails are being intercepted and interfered with...
By submitting your email address, you agree to receive emails regarding relevant topic offers from TechTarget and its partners. You can withdraw your consent at any time. Contact TechTarget at 275 Grove Street, Newton, MA.
during transit, then you and your colleagues need to use an email digital certificate to sign and encrypt them. This will ensure nobody other than the intended recipient can read them and the recipient will be able to ensure they haven't been tampered with.
A digital certificate comprises a private key that is stored on the sender's computer and a certificate containing the related public key. You can acquire a digital certificate from what's called a Certification Authority (CA), such as VeriSign Inc. VeriSign sells Class 1 Digital IDs for Secure Email for $19.95. These and other digital certificates work with any S/MIME-compliant email clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Outlook Express, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Safari.
A digital certificate used for signing and encrypting emails is bound to your validated email address. Recipients of your messages will know they came from your email address and have remained private and unaltered from the time you sent them to the time they are received. A signed email also provides something called non-repudiation, which essentially prevents the sender from denying later on that he/she sent it.
To send your colleague confidential information via email, you'll need a copy of their digital certificate, which is fairly straightforward to obtain. When anyone sends you a digitally signed message, their email application attaches their digital certificate containing their public key to the message. This is done so that the recipient can verify the sender's signature and confirm that the message was not altered. Once your colleague has sent you a signed email, you can save his certificate onto your computer and use his public key to encrypt messages back to him, and vice versa. Your encrypted message will be unreadable to anyone but your colleague. For instructions on how to digitally sign and encrypt an email message using various email programs, there are some good VeriSign step-by-step guides on email encryption.
Of course, be sure to consider the security of your information once it has been emailed to your colleague. Once it is decrypted and read by the recipient, it can be copied or printed without limit, so always consider the nature and sensitivity of an email's contents before sending it. You must also protect the private key associated with your digital certificate, as this is literally the key to your digital identity.
Dig Deeper on Email Security Guidelines, Encryption and Appliances
Related Q&A from Michael Cobb
Many large enterprises have their own internal public key infrastructure. Expert Michael Cobb explains the considerations organizations should make ...continue reading
Network administrators typically resist policies for separate accounts when performing different tasks. Expert Michael Cobb explains the risk of ...continue reading
Microsoft is banning weak passwords on many of its services with the Smart Password Lockout feature. Expert Michael Cobb explains how it works, and ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.