Pretty Good E-mail II – Practice Makes Private

This is the second part of the “Pretty Good E-mail” series which follows on from an earlier introductory article. For those who are not terribly familiar with email encryption and the tools involved, I suggest you start off by reading Part I which is a guide to getting started… you can catch up with Part I here: Pretty Good E-mail Encryption – The Snowden Way. Adele’s PGP E-mail Centre This is Adele. When I said previously that she was a cracker, I meant of course that she’s really good at cracking encrypted messages.  She’s a friendly German lady whose only … Continue reading

Pretty Good E-mail Encryption – the Snowden Way

Just about a year ago, a video was posted on the Vimeo website, with the intention of demonstrating encryption for journalists, by one “anon108″. The video was for Glenn Greenwald, the reporter who subsequently broke the NSA mass surveillance stories; he watched it, didn’t really understand it, and didn’t bother to take it any further. As Greenwald says in his new book, “No Place to Hide”, “That’s how close I came to blowing off one of the largest and most consequential national security leaks in US history”. “anon108″ turned out to be Edward Snowden. He was trying to teach Greenwald … Continue reading

E-mail – Encryption! Encryption! Encryption!

E-mail Encryption for Private People Millions of people every day send messages to friends, colleagues, and business contacts, written on postcards.  Electronic postcards, but still readable by anyone who cares to pick them up.  Would you send a letter without an envelope?  Every time you send an ordinary e-mail, that’s what you’re doing.  What you need is encryption. Difficult?  Complicated?  Well, not really, although e-mail client software like Outlook and Windows Mail hasn’t gone to any trouble to make it easier.  They’ve hidden the set-up two or three layers down in the menu structure, for a start.  Try to find … Continue reading