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AOL Supports SMTP TLS: It’s Still Not HIPAA Compliant

Monday, November 4th, 2013

For those of you just tuning in, “SMTP TLS” is a technology that allows email servers to transmit your email messages between themselves securely, preventing eavesdropping on the email messages sent. Read all about SMTP TLS.

Use of TLS is not standard on an email server. It requires special certificates to be purchased, installed, updated periodically.  It also imposes a burden on the servers … all that encryption takes a lot more effort and thus costs more money to operate and maintain.  For large providers like AOL which receive extremely large numbers of email messages every day for their members, support for SMTP TLS requires many more email servers and much more work by the server administration staff.

As a result, most major free ISPs (like AOL, and Yahoo, and Comcast) do not support TLS and have never supported it.  But with the increasing demand for security and with TLS being “something relatively easy”, we are seeing more hosts offering TLS.

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Are Replies to my HIPAA-Compliant Secure Emails also Secure?

Friday, October 11th, 2013

HIPAACustomers of LuxSci HIPAA-compliant email accounts can send secure email messages in a secure and compliant manner to anyone with an email address.   One common question is whether the replies back to these messages will also be HIPAA compliant.  This is especially a concern when customers choose to use TLS only a a secure means of email delivery.

In this article we will break down the various ways that messages are sent securely from LuxSci to recipients across the Internet, and how replies behave — and whether they are secure and compliant.  At the end, we provide some recommendations for best practices for maximizing data security.

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SSL and TLS are not enough to secure your email

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

A very common marketing ploy involves companies advertising “secure” services .. where that security consists of only SSL- or TLS-encrypted connection to their servers.  While use of TLS and SSL is a critical part of web and email security, it is only one small aspect of security.  Below, we will talk about some of the other aspects of what you should be looking for in terms of an actual secure solution so you can be more saavy of simplistic marketing claims in the future.

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Enhanced Email Security Reports

Monday, November 19th, 2012

LuxSci provides a vast array of options for sending outbound email securely — from Opportunistic TLS, to SecureLine for enforced TLS and other methods of end-to-end email encryption.  Many organizations requiring HIPAA compliance or high security solutions rely on these services every day.

In relation to these services, we are commonly asked: “Was the email message sent securely?  How do we know?  What kind of encryption was used?  Did the user receive the message? etc.”.

LuxSci has offered email sending and delivery status reports for some time.  What was missing until now was the ability for users to see if the message was delivered securely and by which method.

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LuxSci HIPAA Services a Perfect Fit for Home Health Care Agencies

Monday, August 27th, 2012

LuxSci’s HIPAA-compliant email services (see overview video) are a big hit in many different sectors, from legal, to accounting, to the myriad facets of the health care industry.  Why? Because it ensures security and compliance, enables privacy, is easy to use, and integrates well with traditional work flows.

As a case in point, we see that many “Home Health Care” companies find the breadth of our services a particularly good fit for them — enabling them to communicate quickly, efficiently, and securely while everyone is on the go.

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