Encryption

All non-public personal information should be protected by encryption.

The university's email is secured by Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), a commonly used means of encryption for accessing email. You can access your email via SSL encrypted IMAP, POP, or WebMail.

Encrypt email from home or while traveling by using the university's virtual private network (VPN) . If you use an ISP or a wireless connection away from Stevens, using the VPN system will prevent others on the network from seeing your traffic. Failing to do so on a public or open network can result in your account being compromised and the information you are sending easily accessible to anyone. Unencrypted information puts you, your department, and the university at risk by allowing your information and password to be read by others. Email is never a truly secure mechanism with which to send sensitive information.