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how to secure my email

by kamatene / December 20, 2008 11:10 PM PST

one day i read pdf fire frome one website since i have been able to read or send a secure mail . i would like to how i can use yahoo, hotmail, gmail mails ect. securely

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Sorry no.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 20, 2008 11:14 PM PST
In reply to: how to secure my email

Unless you use something like PGP (see google.com) then email is not secure. This is INTENTIONAL since all governments want to be able to listen and read what the citizens are saying to each other.

That topic is well worn but after years of thought about it, PGP is the answer. The author has been dragged through the courts and more which is interesting reading in itself.

Hope this helps you understand the depth of what you asked for.
Bob

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While that may be true now
by Jimmy Greystone / December 21, 2008 12:20 AM PST
In reply to: Sorry no.

While that may be true now, government spying really has nothing to do with why email is so insecure. It's just one of those protocols left over from the very early days of the Internet when nothing was encrypted. Various intelligence agencies may enjoy the fact that it's so easy to mine for information, but it's just a happy coincidence for them.

If they sued the PGP maker/company, it would likely be due to US laws on exporting encryption technology.

Anyway, there's also a free PGP work-alike called GPG (GNU Privacy Guard) to consider.

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Did I ever reveal?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 21, 2008 12:32 AM PST

That I've been there? One of the jobs I had over the years involved over the air transport of email. Since we were exporting the product I learned more than I ever wanted to know about this subject.

It is not coincidence that email is in plain text.

To get a good view on this subject, look up what the author of PGP has been through and add some history of the telephone during WWII in Germany. Some of that German law survived into 2000!
Bob

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