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04.13.2020 / Safety « Back to all articles

5 Pieces of Important Information to Never Put in Emails
Man holding mobile device sending email

Email Is Not Secure 

When it comes to the material world, most people are very careful with sensitive information.  Documents are shredded, PINs are hidden, and most people do not provide personal information to people they don’t know personally.  But when it comes to the digital world of cyberspace, people often have trouble recognizing the same threats.  Especially when it comes to email, the Internet is usually a terrible place to store sensitive information.   

While there is no need to be paranoid, there are a few pieces of information that should never be sent through email. 

 

Social Insurance Number 

Social Insurance Numbers are extremely vital pieces of data to be kept secret.  Government verification, financial transactions and employment information is processed through these numbers.  If a criminal has access to these numbers, they have the most important piece of data they need in order to steal anyone’s identity. 

 

Banking Information 

Banking information should never be sent through an email.  Account numbers, routing numbers, and any other data should be kept out of a file that can be hacked, stolen or intercepted.  It goes without saying that someone who has this information could make any kind of online purchase, and there would be no way to stop them until the damage had already been done.  

 

Credit Card Information 

Similar to banking information, credit and debit card numbers should never be sent through an email.  Throw in the expiration date and security code as well, and criminals have an all access pass to make purchases.  Since someone would never write down all of that personal information and send it through the mail, treat it with the same caution when sending an email. 

 

Usernames and Passwords 

As more and more commerce takes place online, and more important functions are handled through the Internet, usernames and passwords are becoming as critical as banking information, especially for things like online banking or government websites. Do not send this out where it could be seen and written down or drawn out digitally.  Passwords are essentially online ID cards, so if one is compromised, report it immediately. 

 

Sensitive Documents 

And finally, do not send sensitive documents through unsecured channels.  While some websites like utility companies may have secure ways to receive forms and verifications, that document will sit in your email cloud until deleted.  Bank statements, utility bills and birth certificates are just a few of the documents that should be safeguarded.  If it would be shredded before throwing it away, do not send it through email.  It might just be better to use Canada Post. 

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04.13.2020 / Safety « Back to all articles

5 Pieces of Important Information to Never Put in Emails
Man holding mobile device sending email

Email Is Not Secure 

When it comes to the material world, most people are very careful with sensitive information.  Documents are shredded, PINs are hidden, and most people do not provide personal information to people they don’t know personally.  But when it comes to the digital world of cyberspace, people often have trouble recognizing the same threats.  Especially when it comes to email, the Internet is usually a terrible place to store sensitive information.   

While there is no need to be paranoid, there are a few pieces of information that should never be sent through email. 

 

Social Insurance Number 

Social Insurance Numbers are extremely vital pieces of data to be kept secret.  Government verification, financial transactions and employment information is processed through these numbers.  If a criminal has access to these numbers, they have the most important piece of data they need in order to steal anyone’s identity. 

 

Banking Information 

Banking information should never be sent through an email.  Account numbers, routing numbers, and any other data should be kept out of a file that can be hacked, stolen or intercepted.  It goes without saying that someone who has this information could make any kind of online purchase, and there would be no way to stop them until the damage had already been done.  

 

Credit Card Information 

Similar to banking information, credit and debit card numbers should never be sent through an email.  Throw in the expiration date and security code as well, and criminals have an all access pass to make purchases.  Since someone would never write down all of that personal information and send it through the mail, treat it with the same caution when sending an email. 

 

Usernames and Passwords 

As more and more commerce takes place online, and more important functions are handled through the Internet, usernames and passwords are becoming as critical as banking information, especially for things like online banking or government websites. Do not send this out where it could be seen and written down or drawn out digitally.  Passwords are essentially online ID cards, so if one is compromised, report it immediately. 

 

Sensitive Documents 

And finally, do not send sensitive documents through unsecured channels.  While some websites like utility companies may have secure ways to receive forms and verifications, that document will sit in your email cloud until deleted.  Bank statements, utility bills and birth certificates are just a few of the documents that should be safeguarded.  If it would be shredded before throwing it away, do not send it through email.  It might just be better to use Canada Post. 

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