GoDaddy intros email encryption, archiving tools for Office 365 users

GoDaddy said the new add-on services will help SMBs transmit, store, and protect business and customer data while also abiding by compliance standards.

GoDaddy on Thursday rolled out email encryption and archiving services for small businesses running Office 365. The web hosting and domain registrar said the new add-on services will help SMBs transmit, store, and protect business and customer data while also abiding by compliance standards.

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The encryption services come by way of a partnership between GoDaddy and cybersecurity firm Proofpoint and will work to encrypt data in transit. This type of encryption helps businesses ensure only the sender and intended receiver can see the contents of a given email message.

Internally, users will be able to read, write, and respond to encrypted emails directly through their inbox, while external users will receive a link to a web portal in order to read and respond to encrypted messages. In terms of deployment, GoDaddy said its team handles the entire se up process, then it turns it over to the business to setup filters that determine which messages require encryption.

The archiving service is in partnership with pubic cloud company Sonian. In a nutshell, the service allows SMBs to recover deleted email data and attachments (it apparently supports more than 500 different types of attachments) and maintain continuous access to inactive or deleted mailboxes. The data is stored multiple data centers that are dispersed across geographical regions.

"In what is an increasingly connected world, it's never been more important for small businesses to keep valuable data safe," said Irana Wasti, VP of product for productivity applications at GoDaddy, in a press release. "However, the reality for most small business owners is the day-to-day running of their business keeps them more than occupied."

On top of its move to bulk up on security features, GoDaddy has also expanded its portfolio of services geared toward web developers and designers. First unveiled in 2015 in the form of GoDaddy Pro, the suite of services aims to help web professionals manage client accounts, and it's been key to helping GoDaddy redefine its standing as a technology provider for small businesses and developers.

More recently, the Arizona-based company launched a suite of Amazon-style cloud computing services that enables small businesses to build, test, and scale cloud solutions on GoDaddy's infrastructure.

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