Related link: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,3959,967482,00.asp
With the Internet being increasingly used by spy agencies to check up on normal law abiding citizens… has the time finally come to re-examine encrypting your email?
The most ’security conscious’ email I think I’ve ever sent was an account password that I knew the recipient was waiting for on their end with strict instructions to change their password the moment they logged in for the first time. I’d have encrypted that if the user used encryption, but of course, as usual, they didn’t. Oh well, and over the wires the password went and was vulnerable for three and a half minutes.
But the spooks are now coming out in full force.
I still don’t have anything worth their time to pore over, but just the same I don’t like people poking around my desk so why would I sit on my thumbs while spooks comb my email for words like, “Great Satan”, “carbomb” & probably “mp3s”. Seriously.
There is one problem that I perceive with encrypting email & I could be terribly wrong, but if no one bothers to encrypt their email doesn’t the encrypted stuff stick out? I’d wonder if it’s a better idea to go un-noticed swapping tuna salad recipes in world wide anonymity than to have the NSA’s mind controlling, laser equipped, secret underground, ten story deep beowolf cluster of ten million nodes hell bent on figuring out how much mayo I use? 1/2 cup or 3/4? NSA spooks want to know!
I’ve installed and used gpg before & it’s pretty well the de facto standard of encrypto-nerds everywhere. I’ve never bothered with it much past the curiousity of seeing what it does & I see an encreasing amount of people signing their email with ‘keys’ proving the authenticity of the sender, but it’s been a hassle to use as it introduces just one more step in sending email. Not to mention you need a saavy recipient for it to be of any use.
But, that was then. They really are after our communications now. They openly admit it.
Maybe it’s time for another look and for pregnant pause to think about encypting your mail.
A donation to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) couldnt’ hurt either.
Are you considering giving your email the big “E”, encryption? Do you have any other good encryption links? Is it futile?