Secure email system to replace email

July 10, 2013 at 07:20:03
Specs: Windows, Intel Duo e8400 / 2gb DDR 2
Basically I've been worrying about email recently and about how the NSA is storing all of them. So I was wondering, are there any messaging systems which are:

Secure / Private

I was imagining a Skype / Bittorrent hybrid which would be P2P, store secure messages in hundreds of other computers, and then when you come online they all end up downloaded in your inbox. I suppose it would work using Public-key cryptography for total security. Somehow you'd have friends so that you could eliminate all spam, or have the ability to create addresses like Bitcoin and give unique ones to each company you deal with. Then if they spam you, just revoke the address.

This all seems within the realms of possibility but there's just nothing and all this technology is known about, so why not?

It just seems to me that email as a system just isn't working. You can have SSL between your comp and your mail server, but then what about the connection at the recipient's end? It's all down to them to sort out. Then what if there are back doors on the mailservers (AND THERE ARE!)?

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July 10, 2013 at 07:34:27
The only way to secure email is to encrypt the message, which is easily done. Otherwise, if the message is transmitted/stored as plain text at any point it is open to interception.

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July 10, 2013 at 07:48:30
But all this PGP stuff (Enigmail) is only useful if your recipients understand the technology and can decode the message. If your grandmother can't use it then it's just not simple enough because you can't use it for all communications.

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July 10, 2013 at 08:34:34
"If your grandmother can't use it then it's just not simple enough because you can't use it for all communications."

That's the beauty of normal email; it is simple enough and most people aren't that worried about the security implications. That certainly goes for me; there is absolutely nothing that I communicate via email that I would worry about Government agencies intercepting. For most people email is not broken.

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July 11, 2013 at 08:06:34
To me things have changed now. I don't want the government to record all my personal messages, so I think we can't trust them anymore. I'd like privacy, that's what this Snowdon debacle has been all about. I don't have to have done anything wrong to demand privacy.

You may think that if you haven't done anything wrong then the government has the right to know every things you do and can record you going to the toilet if they like but not me, that's why I need something better. I think something will come in in time, I'm just surprised it hasn't happened yet.

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July 11, 2013 at 09:04:26
I'm afraid that it seems like a big mistake to suppose that anything that you send over a public network is private. No matter what sort of encryption you use it can always be broken - especially with the exponential increase in computing power. It's far safer to work on the assumption that no Internet access is private and to act accordingly.

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July 11, 2013 at 23:18:23
If you're really worried about that it seems to me that encrypted emails would stand out like a sore thumb. So although they couldn't read it they would still know who it came from and who it went to.

Rush is promoting this:

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July 12, 2013 at 01:54:45
I don't think I'd use as it looks as though it is affiliated with the US government at first glance and also I'm not American. But I did find some good alternatives in the end:

- Lavabit for emails. They only encrypt on their server and insist on SSL but it's still using email
- There is TigerText Pro including an encryption option for text messages.
- instead of Skype
- instead of Google (I've always used this one)

Good link: Replacements to privacy-invading services

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July 12, 2013 at 11:11:29
It is a shame that someone that is not an American and living in this country legally would have to worry about our government intercepting their email or whatever for purposes of trying to figure out if they are spies or terrorist. It is the Ol' Big Brother thing again. There are cameras everywhere that take pictures of everybody whether they are terrorist or not, like the two guys that did the bombing in Boston. They had them pegged before the day was over. So you can see the why, but it is the what that bothers me; what are they doing with the information after they have it?

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