IM is a real-time text communications technology for sending and receiving messages that can be viewed immediately. More than 80% of large companies in the U.S. use some form of IM, according to Wainhouse Research. IM is also offered free, for example by Yahoo and AOL.
But IM has the same security issues of email, and more. IM uses a central server where all messages can potentially be read. Hackers are also finding it easy to break in through IM buddy lists. It's risky to use IM with third-party servers and outside an organization's security perimeter.
If you are looking for ways to mitigate IM risks while enjoying its business benefits, try Secure IM by ZMAIL.
Secure Storage is another application for IM Skin. An IM Skin message is compact and does not need to be sent to a mailbox in order to be used. For example, you could save an IM Skin message in a USB token that you can carry with you and decrypt when you want, without going through any mailbox. You can also store an IM Skin message in a floppy disk that you can send, securely, by postal mail. You can also use the IM Skin for storing documents in your disk, encrypted, including attachments and "self-destruct" instructions according to your document retention policy.
For business storage applications that require both security and alternative access, the "recipient" facility provides also a secure alternative access in case the principal (the "sender") is not available.
How does it work?
•Secure IM: Go to the ZMAIL Compose page (Menu | Send ZMAIL). Select the IM Skin. Edit your message, as you would normally do for any ZMAIL message, clicking Send when you are done. The next screen shows you the Secure Box, with your ZMAIL IM using a compact encoding suitable for IM. Select All, Copy and Paste the entire ZMAIL IM text into your Instant Message application and send it as you would a standard IM message. For reading, tell your party to login at ZSENTRY.com, go to (Menu | Decrypt ZMAIL) and copy-and-paste the received ZMAIL IM into the Input Box, clicking Read when done. The original message, including attachment, will be available for reading and other options.
•Secure Storage: Go to the ZMAIL Compose page (Menu | Send ZMAIL). Select the IM Skin. Edit your message, as you would normally do for any ZMAIL message. The recipient could be yourself or another person who may need to read the secure storage if you are not available. Click Send when you are done. The next screen shows you the Secure Box, with your ZMAIL IM using a compact encoding suitable for storage. Click the button "Storage" to store it as a text file using any Media. The suggested file ending is ".zmail', but you can change it if you want (e.g., '.txt'). For reading, login at ZSENTRY.com, go to (Menu | Decrypt ZMAIL) and copy-and-paste the stored ZMAIL IM into the Input Box, clicking Read when done. The original message, including attachment, will be available for reading and other options.
ZMAIL IM can include encrypted attachments and use the Release Time and Expire Time features of ZMAIL. Anything that you can do securely with ZMAIL for email (including Self-Destruct Messages, Bidding, Voting, and Games) you can do securely using ZMAIL for Instant Messaging. You can also save a secure and / or a plaintext copy of your IM, for logging purposes. Even if the IM is still retained on the sender's or recipients' computer, and in corporate networks copies or back-up tapes of servers, the ZMAIL IM cannot be read except by the sender and the recipient. Safely use IM outside your organization, outside your electronic perimeter.
With ZMAIL's IM, you have immediate, point-to-point, secure communications with anyone you want, anywhere you want. You can use any IM service you want, knowing that your ZMAIL IM is private.