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Google's Email Security Change Does Not Make Online Counseling Secure: Online Counseling Clients and Counselors Risk Confidentiality Breach
Date:1/29/2010

eCounseling Therapists Must Adopt More Stringent Security Protocols to Ensure Client Confidentiality.

(PRWEB) January 29, 2010 -- Google recently updated Gmail’s security standards. Users of the webmail service will notice that Gmail’s default URL setting has changed from HTTP:// to a more secure HTTPS:// location. However, this change has been misunderstood by some users. The HTTPS:// setting does not provide a solution for messages sent using Gmail to be ‘encrypted’. The new default HTTPS:// setting, by Google’s description, instead provides greater security when users are logged into their accounts while using public WIFI hotspots.

Dr. Anthony Centore, Founder of eCounseling.com, states “Many counselors don’t realize that while they and their clients need a password to access their respective email accounts, email is still inherently unsecure. When emails are sent between counselor and client, there are several places along the delivery pathway that an email could be opened and read by someone other than the intended recipient.”

An article on Wikipedia.org titled, “Email Privacy” provides a clear warning to email users, stating: “Because e-mail connects through many routers and mail servers on its way to the recipient, it is inherently vulnerable to both physical and virtual eavesdropping. Current industry standards do not place emphasis on security; information is transferred in plain text,…every e-mail le
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