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Encryption — We ALL Use It and More Often than You Think

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 12:22 by ZixCorp
Have you ever used encryption? While it seems like an easy yes-or-no question, there are plenty of people who actually don’t know. According to our recent survey , 95 percent of respondents said they believe their sensitive information should be encrypted online. Yet, a whopping 68 percent said they weren’t sure or had not [knowingly] used the technology. Is it possible to use encryption without actively knowing you’ve done so? Well, if you’ve ever completed one of the following tasks, odds are you have (at least we hope so). Shopping Online Is there anything more...
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It’s Tax Time Again: Protect Client Data with Email Encryption

Mon, 02/08/2016 - 11:48 by Neil Farquharson
Tax season isn’t my favorite time of the year, but for identity thieves determined to grab a tax refund in your name, it is Christmas all over again. By filing fraudulent tax returns, they can not only falsify your return or the returns of your clients, but also they can prevent honest citizens from being able to file their legitimate tax returns on time, leaving them each with an identity theft mess to clean up, while the thieves ma ke off with thousands of dollars in refunds. Tax refund fraud in the U.S. is expected to top $21 billion dollars this season. Thankfully many people are...
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Securing Data Three Ways: At Rest, Use and In Motion

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 11:32 by ZixCorp
Sensitive data, both personal and corporate, is more vulnerable today than ever before. Pick up any recent newspaper, and odds are that some sort of data breach or vulnerability has occurred. Social Security and credit card numbers, corporate trade secrets, financial news – any data that is stored, used and transmitted online and through connected devices can be exploited and monetized by a skilled and motivated hacker. But these threats aren’t just external. The threat of a disgruntled or even rushed employee is as real as the threat from outside attackers, especially if the...
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Customer Spotlight - ZixCorp Gives Foster Swift Collins & Smith True Email Security

Wed, 12/30/2015 - 08:27 by ZixCorp
When it comes to the legal industry, there are no bounds to the amount of sensitive information an attorney might have access to. From personal client information to sensitive corporate documents, law firms are regularly in possession of and transmit a wealth of information that could be harmful if it ended up in the wrong hands. This unfortunate truth is part of the reason why The American Bar Association (ABA) states in Model Rule 1.6 that when transmitting information related to the representation of a client, “the lawyer must take reasonable precautions to prevent the information from...
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Don’t Sweat Cyber Monday with DLP

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 10:50 by ZixCorp
Ah, Thanksgiving. The official start to the Holiday season. While “Black Friday” nabs many of the headlines (and YouTube videos), an increased number of people trade parking nightmares and endless lines at stores this weekend in exchange for online shopping during Cyber Monday. Come Monday, November 30, shoppers will flood into their workplaces ready to boot up their company computers and get online in time to snag some deals. With online retailers running flash sales and making only small volumes of product available to shoppers, you can almost guarantee employees will be doing their best to...
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Added Insight into Google Email Encryption Report

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 13:26 by ZixCorp
In the last few days, Google has said that it will soon start warning Gmail users of potential security risks when they receive an email from a non-encrypted connection. We agree that raising user awareness of the vulnerability of unencrypted email is a good thing. At Zix we typically encrypt over 1 million messages a day and all of them have our signature branding to better inform the recipient. However we are concerned that the conclusions of the paper , conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan, Google, and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, have been widely...
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Official: Humans are Lazy

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:40 by Neil Farquharson
I don’t know about you, but I love to study the follies of the human condition: how people often act in ways that defeat their own chances of success. For example, my wife’s friend who, when wishing to win the love of her new boyfriend, lit 50 candles and covered her bed in rose petals, thereby guaranteeing she would never see him again; or my neighbor who paid tens of thousands of dollars for a stomach reducing lap band operation, but wouldn’t shell out a few hundred bucks for a gym membership – with obvious sad results. This is why I love reading Splash Data’s annual list of the 25 worst...
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