40Beef Up Your E-Mail Security

The convenience of e-mail and instant messaging can easily eclipse good judgment and cause security issues. Understanding that an online note can be forwarded to the entire world still doesn’t stop some people from abusing the medium. Examples of security blunders are continually hitting the headlines.

• In 2006, Mark Foley, Republican congressman of Florida, resigned because of inappropriate e-mails and IMs sent to congressional pages in 2005.

• Harry Stonecipher, Boeing CEO, resigned after e-mail love letters surfaced that had been sent to his Boeing VP mistress.

• In 2003, the Federal Energy Regulatory Committee (FERC) investigating the Enron scandal posted 1.6 million private employee e-mails alongside Enron’s ...

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