According to Wikipedia, the earliest known use of “Black Friday” to refer to the day after Thanksgiving occurred in the journal, Factory Management and Maintenance (I can’t say I subscribe), for November 1951 and again in 1952.
One of the better sci-fi franchises of all time is the Terminator movies, which is basically an 80s retread of the old Frankenstein horror tale. One of the best things about these movies is how prescient they now seem about technology. Yes, the movies got a lot wrong too. According to first installment in 1984, the evil autonomous AI called Skynet would destroy the world by 1997. When that didn’t happen, the 2003 Terminator 3 movie conveniently postposed the apocalypse to 2004. Unless I’m living in the Matrix, that didn’t happen either. But that’s a whole other movie franchise and discussion for another time. Read more
Even though the Internet as we know it has only been around 35 years or so, it has a long memory. For those old enough to have lived a portion of their lives pre-internet, you are probably very thankful that some of the things you said and did when you were much younger (and more foolish) were not on Twitter or Tik Tok. I wonder about how this generation, who lived all their lives with social media, will handle seeing their awkward dance and prank videos when they are grandparents. Read more
Last week we highlighted two of the top five e-security human errors that can cause pain for professionals, so we’re here now to finish out the list. As you may recall, there are some mistakes that can be forgiven in the workplace (although microwaving leftover fish at 10 am is fairly borderline). However, there are those mistakes that could cost not only your job but also the livelihoods of colleagues and, perhaps, the whole company—truly scary stuff as we embark on Halloween weekend.
So below we illustrate Mistakes 3 to 5. As mentioned last week, RMail has the tools in place to prevent many of these mistakes from ever happening. If you want to hear about all five mistakes at once at our latest Steve Anderson Insurance Technology webinar, please click here to view the recording. If you are a lawyer, the Florida Bar and its law practice management arm, LegalFuel, weighed in on the topic as well, please click here to view their recording(a bonus for Florida lawyers, viewing the entire session gets you CLE credits; the course number is embedded in the recording).
Mistake 3: Not protecting the thread
According to Gartner’s October 2021 Market Guide for Email Security, “The ability to secure, track and potentially redact sensitive data shared in email with partners, clients and/or customers becomes important, especially in light of continued regulations and privacy laws.”
In our Tech Essentials post from October 18, we covered some examples of how this can happen, but the gist of it is: You send encrypted content only to be aghast when the recipient simply replied with a “Thanks! Got it” message – not thinking that their (presumably) unencrypted reply contained your financial information in the email thread. Even worse, to save them time, they keep going to the prior email and re-replying to it with each reply containing your sensitive info.
Redact+from RMail lets users redact selected sensitive parts of an email so that those parts are removed from the recipient’s reply, or reply-all capability is blocked from the email at the recipient (specific features included are Redact Reply™, Double Blind CC™). It can also erase sensitive content from within an email or kill access to an attached document while at the recipient, after one-view, a certain timeframe, or other criteria (specific features included are Disappearing Ink™). Over half of the respondents from a poll we used at our latest Florida Bar webinar stated that they were “concerned after seeing sensitive email content come back in a reply thread”.
Mistake 4: Thinking that what happens at the recipient (always) stays at the recipient
The secrets from your best friend’s Vegas bachelor/bachelorette party are probably safer than most sensitive info you share over email with friends or coworkers. The problem is that someone mistakenly clicks a (virus laden) email attachment that causes the extraction of all the email in their inbox, exports it all to cyber sleuth servers that analyze the content and then starts re-sending phishing emails with the same content to past correspondents. Sensitive data thus has the potential to spread exponentially without you even consenting (or knowing) unless you can truly send encrypted where your private content remains protected even while in the recipient’s inbox; in the message store.
As our friends from Gartner say, “Most email today is transport-level encrypted between mail systems; however, as more sensitive information is shared, the need to secure that communication in the message store becomes increasingly important.”
Fortunately, RMail encrypts for both safety and compliance. RMail’s “Double Encryption” encrypts in the “message store” at the inbox level—encrypted at rest. Of course, there’s also the Registered Receipt™ email proof record which gives you verifiable, auditable, and timestamped proof that your message was sent. What’s more, there’s also the Registered Encryption™ certificate of end-to-end transmission, so you can be 100% sure your message was sent fully encrypted and prove such in case of a future accusation of a data breach initiated by your email.
Mistake 5: Replying to Your Boss…The Imposter
Have you ever gotten an email from your boss asking you to do something involving the transfer of company money because she/he’s “out of the office”, “on the phone in a meeting”, or something similar? The request looks like your boss’ writing and maybe even has the real boss’ email address in the “from” field. By the time you realize that wasn’t your boss, you’ve transferred $20K to some random imposter, and your real boss just called to ask why $20K was just transferred out. Now maybe it’s time to crawl under a rock (or probably just dust off the old resume).
On this phenomenon, known in some circles as ‘whaling’, Gartner says these: “Ransomware, impersonation and account takeover attacks are increasing and causing direct financial loss, as users place too much trust in the identities associated with email inherently vulnerable to deception and social engineering.” Once again, RMail has you covered, as it has built-in Anti-Whaling™ features that protect against email imposters (BEC Compromise) by alerting you at the reply or forward step that your message is not being sent to the person displayed as the email sender.
So that concludes our own horror show of career limiting/ending human errors that can cause pain. I’ve been so inspired by these last couple articles that I’ve decided to dress up as an unencrypted email for Halloween. I hope you can have a happy Halloween too!
In the annals of workplace mistakes, there is a hierarchy. At one level, there is the failure to make a fresh pot of coffee after finishing off the last carafe. Maybe one level up is when you decide that it’s a good idea to microwave (in the office kitchen at 10am) that leftover fish entrée you had last night. Continuing up the ladder, you have cases like when you ding your boss’ car in the parking lot. But then there those mistakes that are existential ones—slipups that could cost not only your job but also the livelihoods of colleagues and, perhaps, the whole company.
Protect-the-Thread, Tie Up Loose Ends that Your Email Encryption Cannot Touch
If you’re like me, you’re a human, and you know that as humans, we’re error prone. Sometimes we take the easy way out (but only when it comes to technology of course 😊). However, taking the easy way when it comes to email can put private information at risk in so many ways. One way that is often overlooked is the “thread” – the email thread that is. If you were hoping for a tailor recommendation, I can’t help much. Read more
Ransomware Attacks Won’t Die–Just Multiply
Ransomware has become such a hot topic with a seemingly new case every day that we thought we would pick up where we left off last week…
Independence from Big Brother, Big Tech and Big Putin
This time of year, Americans are obviously thinking about independence. And this year, independence will take on even greater importance because the lockdowns are over, and we are free again to travel to see our friends and family for the holiday.
It Turns Out, Mars is Still Uninviting for Mere-Mortal Business Execs
Last Thursday, RPost concluded the first ever business-tech conference held on Mars, Optimize! 2021 E-Sign E-Security. Due to limited spaceflight availability, RPost provided virtual Earth-links for attendees. Those RPost employees attending the conference on the Red Planet flew coach to pass the savings to our customers, the greatest in the Solar System.
RPost is Boldly Going Where Only A Few Rovers Have Gone Before…
There’s a lot going on at RPost these days. We’ve announced the first in a series of SMART enhancements to RMail and RSign as the start of its SMART-as-a-Service 2021 product updates. These enhancements automate important features while also considering the importance of the human factor within e-security and e-signatures.