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Gmail, Outlook, Apple Mail and More: How to View Headers in Email

Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

If you are having problems with message delivery, one of the first troubleshooting steps is to view headers in email. You can do this by viewing the message source. We’ll explain the basics, then teach you how to view headers in email for the most popular clients. These include Gmail, Apple Mail, Yahoo! Mail, Thunderbird and Outlook.

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Enhanced Security: AES-256 Encryption for SSL and TLS

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

AES-256 EncryptionSSL and TLS play critical roles in securing data transmission over the internet, and AES-256 is integral in their most secure configurations. The original standard was known as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL). Although it was replaced by Transport Layer Security (TLS), many in the industry still refer to TLS by its predecessor’s acronym. While TLS can be relied on for securing information at a high level—such as US Government TOP SECRET data—improper or outdated implementations of the standard may not provide much security at all.

Variations in which cipher is used in TLS impact how secure TLS ultimately is. Some ciphers are fast but insecure, while others are slower, require a greater amount of computational resources, and can provide a higher degree of security. Weaker ciphers—such as the early export-grade ciphers—still exist, but they should no longer be used.

The Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), is an encryption specification that succeeded the Data Encryption Standard (DES). AES was standardized in 2001 after a 5 year review, and is currently one of the most popular algorithms used in symmetric-key cryptography. It is often seen as the gold standard symmetric-key encryption technique, with many security-conscious organizations requiring their employees to use AES-256 for all communications. It is also used prominently in TLS.

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HIPAA-compliant Email Host or SMTP Connector?

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

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You may have heard that you need to use HIPAA-compliant email to protect your organization’s ePHI, but many people aren’t sure where to go from there. Don’t worry if you fall into this camp, because this article will explain your options in depth.

The most straightforward solution is to simply sign up for a HIPAA-compliant email host. These are providers who specifically design their email services to be compliant with HIPAA regulations. A good example is LuxSci’s Secure Email.

If you currently use tools like Google Workspace or Microsoft Office 365 for your email, you might be looking for ways that you can adapt them for HIPAA compliance. The good news is that this is possible with an outbound encryption tool like our HIPAA-compliant SMTP connector.

Some organizations may pursue this option because they need certain features that these programs offer, while others may be hesitant to introduce new software and have to train their employees to use it.

Why Do You Need a HIPAA-compliant SMTP Connector for Google Workspace, Microsoft Office & Other Services?

These services aren’t designed to be HIPAA-compliant. Tools like Google Workspace, Microsoft Office 365, and Microsoft Exchange are designed for the mass market, so HIPAA compliance and security were not significant factors during their development.

This means that they are unsuitable for protecting ePHI straight out of the box. In the case of Google Workspace, it lacks a HIPAA-compliant email encryption solution. Microsoft does have one, but it is difficult to configure. A solution like LuxSci’s Secure SMTP Connector hooks up to your existing email service, bridging the gap to make your outbound email secure and HIPAA-compliant.

LuxSci Secure Connector

LuxSci Secure Connector

 

HIPAA-compliant SMTP connectors can also help you send emails if your internet service provider prevents or limits your outbound mail server from sending messages. On top of this, they can also add SMTP authentication to your outbound email system, as well as offer encryption and archival mechanisms. SMTP servers can also assist you in adapting your existing mail service in a variety of other ways.

Should You Use a HIPAA-compliant Email Host or an SMTP Connector?

Every organization will come to its own conclusion, based on the factors that matter most in its unique situation. If your main concern is making your company’s HIPAA compliance as easy as possible, then a HIPAA-compliant email host is probably your best option.

These are developed with the regulations in mind, and are designed to make compliance simple, with configuration options that suit a range of scenarios. With a HIPAA-compliant email host, you are less likely to misconfigure it and accidentally expose ePHI. 

LuxSci’s HIPAA-compliant email is designed to offer you a high level of performance and functionality, without having to constantly worry about regulatory headaches.

In contrast, some organizations aren’t in a position where they are ready to switch to a new email host. If they rely on certain software features in Google Workspace or Microsoft Office 365, it’s best for them to deploy LuxSci’s secure connector so that they can protect their outbound email sending.

Setting up and maintaining HIPAA compliance may be more complicated if they pursue this option, but it’s still a better choice than completely disregarding their regulatory obligations.

HIPAA Compliant Calendars, Contacts and Reminders – Tasks for your iPhone and Android

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

While use of mobile devices and tablets in medical situations is pervasive; HIPAA compliant synchronization and storage of such information is often seriously lacking.  Everyone knows email can contain ePHI, but calendar appointments, address books, and task lists can and do contain just as much ePHI and their secure use must be strictly enforced.

LuxSci’s WebAide collaboration tools, combined with MobileSync for real-time synchronization with mobile phone and tablets (and Outlook 2013), provide a simple and effective HIPAA compliant solution for synchronized mobile accessible calendars, contacts and reminders or tasks (oh ya, and email).

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Email Encryption Opt Out Now Available for Outlook and Other Email Programs

Friday, December 7th, 2012

A few weeks ago, we introduced the option for users in security-enabled accounts (such as users subject to HIPAA compliance requirements) to determine for themselves which messages need to be encrypted and which do not.  See: HIPAA Compliant Email – You Decide Which Messages Need Encryption

The  “SecureLine Opt Out” feature was then only available to users of our web-based email interface.  Now, the “SecureLine Opt Out” feature is also available to:

  • Premium Mobile Sync users on mobile devices
  • Customers using SMTP from mobile devices
  • Customers using SMTP from most email programs (e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, Mac Mail, etc.)
We have also enhanced Opt Out to enable administrators to have more control over who can and cannot opt out of SecureLine email encryption.
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