Do You Want to Protect Your Email from Hackers?

By John R. Aberle | Business Systems

Feb 17

With the news about the massive hack of Sony Entertainment, it reminded me about what happened at PacTel InfoSystems back around 1986 or 87. One of the senior executives was having an affair with one of the female employees. A disgruntled former employee still had access to the system so he hacked into the executive’s emails and shared the incriminating ones with everyone in the company, including his boss.

Screen shot of Confide, Inc.’s sales page re “Go Off the Record”

This screen capture comes from Confide, Inc.’s sales page re “Go Off the Record,”



My previous boss, who had already moved up in the company, suddenly became the new Vice President of Sales & Marketing. You might be thinking that in your small company, you don’t have a problem with that. But think again.

Is there anything in your email correspondence that could hurt you if someone hacked into your email?

Think about this list:

  • Friends
  • Customers
  • Prospects
  • Co-workers
  • Employees
  • Strategic alliance partners
  • Vendors
  • Government agencies

As Mike Elgan points out in his article, “Protect yourself from hackers and the NSA,” on Computerworld, Sony had problems with needing to renegotiate contracts because stars found out what others were making. This could happen if a customer learned about discounts you gave another customer for fewer products than they bought.



Security will always be an issue on the Internet. It’s a matter of finding the right balance for your small business. As they say about locks, “locks are to keep honest people honest.” So when it comes to the Internet and mobile phones both, you have to make a business decision. How much security do you need and try to find the right balance. For you, Confide and/or Dstrux might be what you need.

To keep up on useful tools like Confide and Dstrux, follow John Aberle on Google+ where I post about important articles several times a week.

Building your profits through strong relationships,


John R. Aberle, Scriberle


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About the Author

I have a strong love for small businesses, especially brick and mortar companies. After an 18-year career in sales and marketing, I started my own service company, which I grew in both sales and profits for the first five years. In my sixth year, the bottom dropped out of the printer market such that it made more sense to sell my assets and return to Southern California. There I went to work for an international small business consulting company. I spent over three years on the road with them helping small businesses to become more profitable and better managed. I then started my own company specializing in sales and marketing consulting, coaching and training. My emphasis is on heart-centered, relationship selling that empowers prospects to make their own choices.