EMAIL ENCRYPTION

Strong Passwords Aren't Enough:

Why You Should Encrypt Your Email

While government spying is on everyone's mind right now, it's really just the most recent security distraction to make headlines. Before everyone was angry at the NSA (and no, it's unlikely that PGP encryption will protect your emails from the NSA, although there are plenty of examples of law enforcement unable to break PGP encryption, and then trying to force them to hand over their keys), we were angry at corporate snooping, employers reading personal emails, identity thieves, and hackers. While encrypting your email may or may not protect you from a major government or someone with significant time and processing resources, it can definitely keep your data safe from people looking to hijack your accounts, reset passwords and then log in as you, steal financial data, or comb through your contacts looking for useful information about you for spear-phishing attacks. In this post, we'll walk you through how to encrypt your email using desktop clients including Thunderbird and Postbox, and how to encrypt almost any webmail provider you use (Gmail, Outlook, Google Apps, Yahoo, etc). All you need is a few downloads and a little setup time. Of course, you'll also need friends who also use PGP, since you'll have to exchange public keys with them to make sure they can read your messages. We've explained several times why your privacy is important, and even if you're not concerned with government spying (which doesn't even require a warrant) or corporate tracking (which you may have unwittingly opted into when you signed up for free email), there are several good reasons to make sure you secure and encrypt some of your sensitive communications.

Why You Should Care About and Defend Your Privacy

Privacy is dead, right? Facebook knows everything about you, and the world is still turning.… Read more We can hear you now. You may be wondering why you should bother. "Privacy is dead!" "They're collecting all your data anyway." "Using stuff like this makes you more likely to be targeted." While big government agencies and companies looking to sell you advertising are the first things that come to mind when most people think of internet privacy, they're by no means the only parties interested in your personal data, and you shouldn't behave like they are. It's the more mundane threats and issues that are likely to ruin your day. Bank statements, contracts, confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure forms, job offers, financial records, medical histories, lab test results; these are all just a few types of information that should—and in many cases are legally required—to stay private. Beyond that, the argument that using security tools somehow invites scrutiny plays to people's fears and encourages them to do nothing. It's not the government or a big tech company that will take advantage of that fear and complacency either, it's the common identity thief, a spear-phisher looking for something they can use or sell, or someone sniffing packets on public Wi-Fi for the sake of curiosity.

by - Norch Computers

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