Earlier this week there was probably the most invasive hack and breach of privacy of all time. Ancestry site MyHeritage announced that 92 million customers who had used its DNA testing service had been compromised and their data stolen.
In the true spirit of such attacks, the company announced the hack more than seven months after it had happened. Such personal data cannot be more precious; pernicious use of such data would appear to be infinite. There is no greater invasion than the make-up of a human being’s data.
There appear to be bad actors everywhere and the channels of egregious data theft are manifold. The Smart Home, IoT devices, personal devices, not least the cellphone, and every digital and electronic device is vulnerable.
One course that would appear to be just as exposed is the humble email, a channel that many imagine to be approaching decrepitude, an ‘old’ technology that is being replaced by messaging and social media networks.
This apparently superannuated technology, however, is not as defunct as it would appear. According to Palo Alto-based technology research company The Radicati Group, in 2017, the total number of business and consumer emails sent and received per day was a staggering 269 billion.
Radicatia says this figure is expected to continue to grow at an average annual rate of 4.4% over the next four years, reaching 319.6 billion by the end of 2021. That doesn’t sound like a dead business in any way at all.
To that end, email still needs to be secure and while two-tier authentication certainly helps, not least with Gmail, deeper security needs to be adopted by email users.
Naturally, blockchain is the buzzword that can apparently cure all internet ills, but the recent entry of Envilope, a company that describes itself as ‘the world’s first blockchain-based postal service’ may prove to be an important addition to email security.