Is your email box safe?
2010 (English)In: Journal of Information Privacy and Security, ISSN 1553-6548, Vol. 6, no 1Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Electronic mail (email) is a widely adopted communication mechanism often used for communicating sensitive and confidential information. Therefore, safeguarding the security of email communication has become an important issue. There are frequent media reports pertaining to security problems with email accounts. Therefore, studies on strengths, limitations, and possible improvements about email security are essential. This paper examined security and privacy protection mechanisms of four leading email service providers including Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Hotmail, and AOL Mail. A number of observations and experiments were conducted in order to understand existing security and privacy protection mechanisms of these providers. After that, this paper proposes some recommended protection mechanisms which can be implemented by service providers, system developers, and email users. This study also explores several research avenues for academia.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 6, no 1
Privacy, Security, Email
Research subject Computer and Systems Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-51942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-51942DiVA: diva2:386424