Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011
To: Everyone at HealthAlliance
Subject: Secure Web Mail now Available!
To those with an hahv.org e-mail address:
We're pleased to announce that HealthAlliance webmail access is now more secure with the addition of SSL (Secure Socket Layer) service!
Webmail users can now use https://mail.hahv.org to access their e-mail from home or any internet connection.
What does this mean? Your connection to the HealthAlliance web mail server is now encrypted for a more secure and private method of communication.
The old connection method utilizing non-SSL or http will remain active for a few more weeks. After June 15th, however, we will be forcing all traffic to our web mail server through https. This will be done automatically, so desktop shortcuts need not be changed.
Attention Smartphone users! Now would be a good time to change your connection method to our e-mail system, incorporating SSL. Most smart phones have a simple checkbox that previously had to be unchecked for HeatlhAlliance e-mail access. To start using SSL, simply go into your e-mail connection settings for HealthAlliance e-mail and check the box to start using SSL.
Please note that this new SSL connection method does not provide total encryption and patient information should still not be sent through e-mail unless specifically encrypted.
Corporate Blackberry users need not be concerned with this change.