Securely Access Email In Various ClientsDecember 9, 2008 – 6:27 PM
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) or TLS (Transport Layer Security) encrypt your email connection so that your password and messages are scrambled to eavesdroppers. If you’re only connecting through a wired, office PC, you’ll face little exposure with non-encrypted mail. But even with a wireless laptop on a known network–or especially Wi-Fi on a temporary network out in the world–encryption is essential. Without that protection, it’s trivial for a hacker to intercept and read your data.
SSL should already be available from your mail host, although it’s often not required. And for compatibility, many mail clients leave it off by default. Here’s how to be sure you’re making that secure connection.