E-mail encryption: why isn't everyone doing it?

Tuesday, 6 August 2002, 12:14 PM EST

Any illusion that your corner of the Internet is a private place where your data is secure and your e-mail is read only by the people to whom you send it can be shattered by a single click on the privacy.net Web site.

Within seconds, you will see your IP address, your computer host name and the link from which you arrived at the site. If you are interested, another click presents you with a more thorough analysis of who you are and where on the Web you come from.

The page divulges how your domain is configured, your browser type and operating system, whether JavaScript is enabled, which plug-ins are installed, and even the width, height and color depth of your computer's monitor.

If a single Web site can see all that, just because a person lands on that particular piece of cyber property, how hard is it, then, for a determined hacker to read your e-mail?

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

Infographic: 25 years of the firewall

Posted on 24 July 2014.  |  The firewall turned 25, and McAfee is celebrating with an infographic that creatively depicts its lifetime. If you take a moment to scan the infographic, you’ll notice the firewall's introduction and evolution coincide with certain security events.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Jul 25th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //