My favorite analogy for showing the inherent insecurity of email goes something like this: Imagine sending someone a postcard written in pencil, which could be intercepted, read or edited by anyone along the way without you ever knowing about it. Email that's transmitted and, for the most part, stored as plain text -- it's not secure in any way, shape or form.
Security has become the issue in IT, and while securing email traffic is only one of many such things you could do in the name of security, it's one that's often overlooked. If you're nervous about your mail's security and want to make sure that is read by its intended targets and absolutely no one else, you need to take steps to protect it with encryption.
Simple email encryption
Step 1: Outlook's S/MIME
Step 2: Public keypairs
Step 3: GnuPG and WinPT: Setup
Step 4: Encrypting email in WinPT
Step 5: Verifying signed email in WinPT
Step 6: Extras: Symmetric encryption and hotkey commands
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