An easy video tutorial for people who want email encryption using free software.

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by Morthawt, Sep 25, 2014.

  1. Morthawt

    Morthawt Registered Member

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nNibHgbI_w

    This is a tutorial that is very easy to follow that walks you through the process of creating and sharing your key, obtaining other people's key and verifying with them the key is the right one. Then signing and trusting those other people's keys and then showing you how to encrypt and even sign your emails so that only your targeted recipients can decrypt/decode them. It also covers how to decrypt them when you receive messages.

    All very easy but perhaps a scary idea because people think it is rocket science. This video should prove to you it can be easy. This tutorial is for Microsoft Windows operating systems and uses free and open-source software for the encryption. There are systems like this for other operating systems, for example on Ubuntu you can install kgpg and I think that a Mac might have gpg built in perhaps? Either way there are alternatives for every operating system out there.

    If there are people you just want to communicate with securely or maybe just test this out so you know how to do it, just share this video with those people and you all will be good to go for easy secure email encryption.
     
  2. ArchiveX

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    Much appreciated! :thumb:
     
  3. Morthawt

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    You are very welcome. Encryption is really great, if people actually use it. This tutorial should greatly help educating people to be able to make use of it.
     
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    In theory this is great. But using encryption & other methods to maintain privacy. Steps I'd say less than 0.1% of US residents (where I live no offense to others) use. Only attracts the eyes of 3 letter agencies. If this privacy is for business matters I'd suggest using a separate email for business only. Make it's easier for the eyes to see you are benign.

    Having said that I want to say, I love the USA & thank God I was blessed to have been born here. I love privacy too but in this post 911 world things are different. I maintain semi-privacy by not using any social media groups fb etc.
     
  5. Morthawt

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    Remember 3 letter agencies big thing is meta data. They know who you are contacting, when you contact, how often, the size of the communication, research on the actual relationship between the two people etc... Seriously negative uses of encryption would become apparent to them in a jiffy. All of us have nothing to fear from using it if we are just using it to preserve our privacy and security.
     
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  6. jebediah

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    Is this better that Thunderbird with enigmail?
     
  7. Morthawt

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    I have never tried enigmail so I am not sure. But if you are using an email client, you should be safe as long as your client is not storing draft copies of the email on the email server. I would always prefer to do encryption manually though as shown in the video so that I know it was done the right way and not have to rely on third party plugins to mediate.
     
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  8. Morthawt

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    You have to be careful doing email encryption with clients and plugins, because I have had a reply from someone where they chose to decrypt the message in the client and when they replied to me my previously encrypted message was there in plain text in a nicely formatted box that identifies the my message as being previously encrypted and signed. So please manually do it as you see in the video if you want to be safe.
     
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