Apparently hackers have gained access to Barack Obamas e-mails. We wonder if this would have happened with Cryptshare in action and want to talk about why even government authorities and big companies sometimes lack the proper security when it comes to e-mail encryption.

As the New York Times recently reported hackers have been able to break into e-mail archives of staff from the White House. Through this they were able to also read e-mails sent by US-President Barack Obama. According to officials there were no classified information compromised. Yet it seems alarming enough that there is communication with people who work within the White House as well as with outsiders that is not handled in an entirely safe way. Apparently there is a network that is for unclassified communication. Even though this might sound reasonable it still can pose indirect risks through social engineering.

Many authorities and companies have no systematically implemented e-mail encryption and by this they risk having intruders spy on their communication and data. One simple reason for that is that implementation and handling often is complicated and not user friendly at all. Especially when it comes to communicating with many changing recipients inside and outside of the company, solutions like SMIME or PGP that require to arrange and implement a standard for every single new communication partner aren’t suitable for daily use. There are too many steps involved for the average e-mail user: finding a secure standard, agreeing with the communication partner on it, implementing it, exchanging certificates etc. Therefore many users just don’t bother since it takes too much time and effort.

Contact us if you want to know more about how Cryptshare makes sending encrypted e-mail and large files to any recipient easy and efficient. No installation needed, user friendly add-ins for MS Outlook and IBM Notes or a simple self-explaining web interface makes it very popular among both admins and everyday users. The receiving partner doesn’t even need a licence or certificate in order to communicate back encrypted via Cryptshare.