When you send a letter to someone you know, you hope that he or she is the only one who reads this letter. But a lot can happen to that letter while it’s in transit and there might be curious people trying to read your letter. That’s why we send important messages in a sealed envelope and not on the back of a postcard. Sending and receiving email works in a similar way. However, when you send or receive messages through an email provider that does not transmit messages over a secure connection, attackers could view your emails. Anyone can read unencrypted e-mails. Not only the email provider who evaluates emails for personalized advertising. Also secret services, police and criminals who are interested in your data can read unencrypted mails, regardless of whether it is of a private or business matter.
The encrypted communication prevents unauthorized third parties from reading it and thus guarantees confidentiality. But it also protects data, regardless of whether it is text, video, picture or voice messages, from criminals, competitors or data collectors. Encrypted e-mails are also not easily visible to your own employer or colleagues from the IT department. And: Encryption also protects if a mishap does occur and an e-mail is accidentally sent to the wrong recipient.
Once trade and business secrets have been disclosed or personal information has been intercepted and copied, the amount of financial damage and the loss of image suffered for a company can hardly be foreseen, if not threatening the very existence of a company. The impending private and criminal law measures should not be underestimated either: Violated confidentiality obligations and personal rights can result in claims for damages, fines, disciplinary measures and, in the worst case, even with prison sentences.