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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Email Security

Why You Might Want to Run Your Own Email, Address Book, and Calendar Server at Home

In case you never thought about it, companies that offer “free” email services are not charities. Everything they do is designed with one primary objective in mind: make a profit for the company that offers the service. Yes, this applies to Google Gmail, Yahoo, AOL Mail, Mail.com (owned by the 1&1 web hosting service), Yandex.Mail (a Russian company), iCloud.com (owned by Apple), and Outlook.com (previously called HotMail and some other […]

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The Next Version of the Thunderbird Email Program Will Feature Encrypted Messages and Chats

The Mozilla Foundation has announced that a new version of the popular Thunderbird software for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux is in the works. Thunderbird is available free of charge and presently has about 25 million users. Several new features are planned. Privacy advocates will notice that the next release will include encrypted messages as well as encrypted chat capabilities. The plan is to make encryption in Thunderbird “just work” without […]

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ProtonMail’s FREE Secure Email Service

Normal email messages are sent in plain text. That means that such messages are easily intercepted and read by hackers, government spies, corporations, and others. Of course, it is easy to block such espionage by using encryption. However, very few email users ever do that. The lack of email encryption is sad as it is so easy to implement. My belief is that everyone should use encrypted email all the […]

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Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail’s Service is now backed by a 99.95% Service Level Agreement (SLA)

I have written before about the privacy email features of ProtonMail. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+proton+mail&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles.) Now the company that produces ProtonMail has announced it will provide 99.95% uptime or better. 99.95% uptime means the service will be unavailable less than an average of 8 minutes per day. The new service level agreement (SLA) ensures that if downtime in any calendar month exceeds 0.05%, the company […]

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Helm Wants You to Control Your Own Data Again

A new start-up company wants you to host your own (encrypted) email messages, pictures, videos, and more where everything is under your control, not something provided by a privacy-stealing corporation. Do you use the Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail email services? If so, a large corporation can access your private messages for any reason at all. Or for no reason at all. The same is true for your photos, videos, […]

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Denmark Makes Email Encryption Compulsory for Businesses

A win for privacy: Businesses in Denmark must protect sensitive personal data in emails with end-to-end encryption starting January 1, 2019. Shouldn’t that be a requirement for ALL email, businesses and individuals alike? Check it out in the TutaNota Blog at https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/denmark-email-encryption-gdpr. NOTE: TutaNota is a provider of encrypted email so you might think the author is biased. Indeed, I think the article is biased but only biased in favor […]

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Why Any Backdoor Would Be a Threat to Online Security

In regular intervals, Politicians demand that companies add backdoors to their end-to-end encrypted cloud services to enable law enforcements to easier persecute criminals. This demand ignores that any backdoor to encryption poses a severe threat to online security in general. An article in the Tutanota Blog explains why a backdoor is – and will always be – a stupid idea. Check it out at: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/why-a-backdoor-is-a-security-risk.

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