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Email forwarding explained

At first sight, it seems there’s no so much to explain. Currently, most people have an email account. Therefore we know what it is to forward an email. Many times, after receiving a message, we have resent it to another friend or friends for sharing its content. But we don’t mean that basic operation. Email forwarding has much more in store for you and your business. 

What is email forwarding?

Email forwarding or domain email forwards is a mechanism for automatically redirect emails on the domain level. Emails can be redirected from an email address to another or from many different email addresses to a specific one. Time is a factor you can freely define while getting the service, meaning you can execute this operation permanently or during a short, medium, or long period of time. 

Why use email forwarding?

  • Don’t lose potential clients or audiences. Different reasons can lead a business to change its domain name and to move to a new one. For example, a restructure due to growing, a renovation, business merge, etc. While you work on such tasks, clients could be confused while trying to contact you via the previous email (the old domain name). A good recommendation is not to quit your former domain immediately. Instead, renew its ownership time enough for your clients to get properly informed about the change. A year seems a reasonable time. Set up email forwarding for all the messages to be redirected from the previous email address to the one you define. 
  • Centralize messages for better control. Different positions in a company or professionals find it useful to centralize all the messages they have to check in a single email account. People in charge of more than one domain, owners of different businesses, managers of different projects, etc. They all receive many emails per day. Having an email account for every domain requires extra organization and time for logging in and out. They can forget to access one of their multiple accounts and miss an important situation, etc. Configuring email forwarding, all emails will be redirected to the email address you define. Save time, don’t miss a thing!
  • Avoid that personnel rotation stops your potential deals. Every business has key positions in charge of delicate data, contacts, negotiations, etc. Even your happiest executive can be tempted by another company and suddenly quit the job. Also, different reasons can lead you to fire people in those positions. Time for hiring a new person, for introducing him/her, and for he/she to get up to date can mean the difference between getting or not a deal. Avoid risks by redirecting all emails sent to an email account to the one you define. Conversation between the client and your company can keep going no matter the inside situation. And the new colleague will have all the information to be soon on the same page!
  • Use a disguised public domain email account. Business people use email addresses with their domain names instead of a public email provider (like Google’s Gmail) to provide a professional image and trust for clients. But if you prefer to keep using a personal account provided by an email provider to check and answer the messages, the email forwarding is the solution. It will redirect all the emails to your preferred email address. People will write you to ceocontact@domainname.com, but you will receive their messages at peterg@gmail.com. Your personal email account will remain private.

Conclusion.

Contacts and constant communication with clients are gold for businesses. A missed email could mean a deal less. Don’t risk your income. Email forwarding is a totally worth it solution for your business’ success!

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SSL vs TLS. Which one to choose?

SSL vs TLS

Authentication and security for the transporting of data are the common factors between these two technologies. There are differences between SSL vs TLS. Let see what each of them has in store for you.

What is SSL?

Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is a standard for encrypting data that is exchanged between users’ devices (browsers) and websites. SSL also proves identity for users to feel safer. SSL became a convenient security layer, especially for websites requiring sensitive data from users.

To transfer information without securing it have the risks of interception, theft, or manipulation. 

SSL works via two different keys, a public key and a private one. Both are vital for encoding and decoding the information exchanged between two systems.

Whenever a user connects to a website with an SSL certificate, there’s an exchange of public keys to encrypt the messages they send to each other. When the server receives a message, it decrypts it through its private key. Its answer to the user is encrypted with this private key, and a mirrored process takes place on the user’s side.

SSL is used on remote login, e-mail, websites, etc.

What is TLS?

Transport Layer Security (TLS) is a cryptographic technology to keep private the data communicated on the Internet. It encrypts messaging, e-mail, voice-over IP, file transfers, etc. It’s an evolved version of SSL. 

TLS can authenticate the server or the client, supply confidentiality to the communication channel, and guarantee integrity.

A TLS connection starts with a handshake between the user’s device and a server. This handshake involves different processes. The identity of the server is authenticated. The TLS version and the specific cipher suite they will use to communicate are defined. And session keys to encrypt messages they will exchange are created. There won’t be an exchange of data until the handshake is completed.

SSL vs TLS. Which one to choose?

As you see, both technologies work similarly. TLS repaired vulnerabilities found on SSL and improved its functionality for authenticating and securing communication.

  • TLS supplies more detailed and reactive alerts when problems occur.
  • SSL authentication of messages through keys offers a good level of security. But TLS goes to a higher level, using key-HMAC (Hashing for Message Authentication Code) to protect information not to be modified while it is in transit. HMAC works through a secret cryptographic key and a cryptographic hash function. The shared secret replaces the use of digital signatures.
  • For creating key data with the HMAC, TLS uses two hash algorithms to increase security. Even if an algorithm gets compromised, information will be safe.
  • While authenticating, SSL sends a message to every node saying that the integrity of the exchanged information is untouched. Meaning it was not modified. TLS does the same, but it includes HMAC and PRF (pseudorandom function family) values in that message to strengthen its method of authentication. 
  • Data integrity is stronger guaranteed by TLS because it also defines the kind of certificate to be exchanged by nodes. This avoids loss of data while getting transferred to their destination.
  • SSL and TLS provide reliability for your website. Both supply the visible security marks for your customers to realize they are in a secured site. The HTTPS and the padlock on the address bar.
  • Many people call indistinctly SSL or TLS this technology. Some providers also think clients can be confused with the change. They sell you the TLS, saying it’s the SSL you asked for. But they are not the same. All SSL versions are already outdated. Many websites still use it (one of its versions), but they should be aware of the risks of its vulnerabilities to mitigate them.

To put it bluntly, TLS is already the official successor of the SSL certificate. 

Conclusion

Now the choice is clear, TLS for protecting the integrity of all the communication you exchange with your clients online. Internet is not a safe place anymore. Protection is a must!

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How to hide your IP address

Hide IP Address

What is an IP address?

The IP address is a tag that each device that is connected to a network that uses IP (Internet Protocol) gets to identify the network and the location of a device on the network.

By seeing the IP address, you can see who the host of service is (the computer) and trace it to its location (where precisely it is placed).

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