Is E-Mail Secure?
Information in E-Mail is sent through many servers on the internet from your computer to its final destination. Do not ever include any personal information such as social security numbers, credit or bank account numbers, or sensitive data. There are, however, ways of using email encryption such as PGP/GnuPG.
Is E-Mail really from the person they're claiming to be?
Today, there are thousands of people who fall victim to identity theft from emails asking them to verify their personal information. These emails can ask for information such as credit card numbers, social security numbers, answers to secret questions you have made for the security of an online account or any other sensitive data. Occasionally, there may also be attachments that you are asked to download and open. If you ever receive an E-Mail that looks suspicious, delete it immediately. Only open E-Mails from people you know and trust.
What is the largest attachment I can send?
Most email systems are built to handle attachments of up to about 10MB. Do not attach and E-Mail large photos or other large documents. Even if your email goes through, the recipient may not be able to receive your large email because it may be above their inbox's allowed size.
Are links in E-Mails safe?
E-Mails can be programmed to show legitimate-looking links that will actually take you to a fake website to obtain your personal information (also known as "phishing sites.") At Interactive Systems, we recommend you do not click on any links in E-Mails from people you don't know.