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What End-to-End Encryption Really Means

Tuesday, January 26th, 2021

As security and privacy become more prominent in the news, you’re probably starting to hear the term end-to-end encryption a lot. But what does it actually mean? You may have a rough idea that it protects your data, but many people are vague on the specifics. However, it’s the details of end-to-end encryption that are the most important. After all, it only takes one false assumption to put your data at unnecessary risk.

What Is End-to-End Encryption

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How Strong Data Security Can Be a Competitive Advantage for Your Organization

Tuesday, January 12th, 2021

In the past, your organization may not have put a lot of thought into data security. In the paper-based world, or even the early days of digitizing everything, there didn’t seem to be as much of a need to keep all of your information locked down.

But now that everything is electronic, large databases of information have become digital gold, and there seems to be a massive attack every week. By now, you’ve probably gotten it into your head that data security is important for keeping the bad guys out, but have you ever considered data security as a competitive advantage?

Strong Data Security

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Enhancements to Application-specific Passwords

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Since 2017, LuxSci has supported application-specific passwords.  These enable users to create distinct username/password combinations for use with different applications, devices, or for shared account access.  These login aliases can have limited privileges; for example, granting access only to email or only to web site file storage.  Use of application specific passwords can greatly enhance user security.

In the past few weeks, LuxSci has released several enhancements to application-specific passwords.

Application Specific Passwords

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LuxSci Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

LuxSci announces today that it has achieved the HITRUST CSF Certification, the gold standard and most widely adopted security framework in the healthcare industry.

LuxSci Achieves HITRUST CSF Certification

What is HITRUST CSF Certification and why should it matter?

Today, we are very proud to announce that LuxSci has achieved the HITRUST CSF Certification, the gold standard and most widely adopted security framework in the healthcare industry. The full fleet of LuxSci services, including Secure High Volume Email Sending, Secure Marketing, Secure Email Hosting, Secure Connector for Microsoft 365 and Google Workspace, Secure Forms, Secure Texting, and Secure Web Hosting, were audited by our third-party assessor, Security Compliance Associates, and have earned Certified status for HIPAA and GDPR under HITRUST.

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How Can You Tell if an Email Was Transmitted Using TLS Encryption?

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

Frequently, we are asked to verify if an email that someone sent or received was encrypted using SMTP TLS while being transmitted over the internet.  For example, banks, health care organizations under HIPAA, and other security-aware institutions have a requirement that email be secured at least by TLS encryption from sender to recipient.

Email should always be transmitted with this basic level of email encryption ensure that the email message content cannot be eavesdropped upon.  This check, to see if a message was sent securely, is fairly easy to do by looking the the raw headers of the email message in question.  However, it requires some knowledge and experience.  It is actually easier to tell if a recipient’s server supports TLS than to tell if a particular message was securely transmitted.

To see how to analyze a message for its transmission security, we will look at an example email message sent from Hotmail to LuxSci, and see that Hotmail did not use TLS when sending this message.  Hotmail is not a good provider to use when security or privacy are required.

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