TLS, short for Transport Layer Security, is a protocol used for establishing a secure connection between two computers across the Internet. As an email provider we give our clients the best of security options, and TLS is a very important security tool. Our system gives our users the option to use TLS or SSL when connecting their email client (Outlook, Apple Mail, etc) to our incoming and outgoing servers for the purpose of encrypting the connection itself.
This TLS Checker is solely concerned with TLS in relation to the recipient of the email you send (SMTP); specifically whether the recipient's servers supports "Opportunistic TLS". When our servers connect to the recipient's servers, they check to determine if TLS encryption is available. (See: How to Tell Who Supports TLS for Email Transmission).
By entering the domain of someone's email address below and clicking on the check button, you can determine if their inbound email servers are capable of using TLS. If you are using an email provider that enforces the same level of security as we do here at LuxSci then email sent to users in a TLS-supporting domain should be automatically sent over an encrypted connection. This will make it so that your email communications cannot be eavesdropped upon.
Note that secure server-to-server communications should only use TLS v1.0+ (and not SSL v3.0) and should use strong ciphers (see NIST 800-52). This tool indicates domains that have TLS support but which are configured poorly so that they do not provide the option to use this level of encryption.
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