Email is convenient and easy, but have you considered the risks to your confidentiality and privacy when using email?
Email is protected under the Electronic Communications Privacy Act but having a law does not guarantee that email text is secure. In fact when working in email, there should be no expectation of confidentiality or integrity, and sending or soliciting Personally Identifiable Information (PII) should be avoided.
Phishing is defined as the fraudulent practice of sending emails claiming to be from reputable companies in order to induce individuals to reveal personal information, such as passwords and credit card numbers. Phishing attacks can be very sophisticated and targeted containing specifics pertaining to an individual or a group. Criminals who engage in phishing tactics are hoping to lure people not unlike real fisherman using enticing bait with a nasty hook. The scams propagated often prey on fears or other human emotions that can be manipulated.