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May 27, 2022

How to Encrypt Your Email and Why You Should

Note: The following article has nothing to do with genealogy, DNA, or any of the other topics normally found in this newsletter. If you are looking for genealogy and similar articles, you might want to skip this one. However, this article references a recent article that I think all computer owners should read.

If you’ve never added encryption to your email, Jack Wallen explains why you should and demonstrates how it works with the Thunderbird open-source email client at: https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-encrypt-your-email-and-why-you-should/.

Data privacy has become absolutely crucial for businesses. And some businesses go to great lengths to protect their data, files, and communications.

But consumers and smaller businesses seem to think that adding extra security isn’t worth the extra work required. The problem with this take is anyone who refuses to take the extra steps might find themselves on the wrong end of a data breach.

You might have sent some sensitive information in an innocent email, only to find some bad actor intercepted the message and was able to easily read the content of that email and extract the information.

You don’t want that. Even if it does require an extra bit of work on your part, being safe is much better than being sorry.

So what do you do? You encrypt your email (or the email containing sensitive information).

Again, the article may be found at: https://www.zdnet.com/article/how-to-encrypt-your-email-and-why-you-should/.