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Vanity: Encrypting Email
11/01/03 | Faith65

Posted on 11/01/2003 5:34:11 PM PST by Faith65

I am trying to find out more about encrypting email or digitally protecting what I send and I thought that Freepers would surely know the answers. I currently have AOL and I have been told that they digitally protect the email that their users send but there is no place to read about it. Can anyone offer up some help regarding this issue? I currently do send email regarding a legal matter and I always thought that my email was safe but now I must be sure.


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1 posted on 11/01/2003 5:34:12 PM PST by Faith65
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To: Faith65
You can encrypt email that you send to people who have digital certificates. You encrypt it with their public key, but only they can read it with their private key. If you want people to send you encrypted email, you have to obtain a digital certificate, from verisign for example, and install it into Outlook or Outlook Express.
2 posted on 11/01/2003 5:37:30 PM PST by palmer (They've reinserted my posting tube)
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To: Faith65
I am sure that there are freepers that know a lot more than I do, but the best encryption program is PGP. However, you should always assume that someone is able to read your email, and act accordingly.
3 posted on 11/01/2003 5:38:16 PM PST by Rodney King (No, we can't all just get along.)
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To: Rodney King
http://www.cryptography.org/getpgp.htm
4 posted on 11/01/2003 5:38:50 PM PST by oceanview
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To: Rodney King
Sure are alot of VANITY'S Tonight.....
5 posted on 11/01/2003 5:41:05 PM PST by cmsgop ( "Love For Sale",.."Yummy Appetizing Love For Sale")
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To: palmer; Rodney King; oceanview
Thank you all for your help. I will look into the information you gave me.

God Bless!
6 posted on 11/01/2003 5:48:07 PM PST by Faith65
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To: Faith65
Also remember that carnivore and eschelon are in full use, so the government is reading everything, anyway. But that's okay, right? I mean...you DO trust the government, right?
7 posted on 11/01/2003 5:50:53 PM PST by ExSoldier (My other auto is a .45!)
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To: cmsgop
Maybe because freepers usually can provide accurate information ......

God Bless!
8 posted on 11/01/2003 5:51:49 PM PST by Faith65
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To: ExSoldier
No! Of course not. But it's a legal matter and I just want to know that my emails are secure from tampering.
9 posted on 11/01/2003 5:53:53 PM PST by Faith65
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To: ExSoldier
I think a more accurate statement would be that the government CAN read everything but they CAN'T read everything.
10 posted on 11/01/2003 5:56:22 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: fiftymegaton
CAN read anything but CAN'T read everything. Try to make a point and I mess it up. Terrible.
11 posted on 11/01/2003 5:57:24 PM PST by fiftymegaton
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To: Faith65
Maybe because freepers usually can provide accurate information ......

No Question about that....
12 posted on 11/01/2003 6:03:24 PM PST by cmsgop ( "Love For Sale",.."Yummy Appetizing Love For Sale")
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To: fiftymegaton
They record everything. Go NSA!
13 posted on 11/01/2003 6:09:57 PM PST by TheHound
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To: cmsgop
Glad we agree on that point!
14 posted on 11/01/2003 6:13:32 PM PST by Faith65
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To: Faith65
Hey, I meant no disrespect at all. Things happen in cycles,FR is no exception.
15 posted on 11/01/2003 6:16:02 PM PST by cmsgop ( "Love For Sale",.."Yummy Appetizing Love For Sale")
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To: Faith65
"I just want to know that my emails are secure from tampering."

If for any reason you come to the attention of some bright hackers, whether by accident or because they are hired by somebody opposing you in a legal venue...you are not going to be safe from tampering. Even PGP which is pretty darn good, can be hacked by somebody really good at the game. Although I have heard that the only folks that can bust it are No Such Agency; I don't really believe that one. I say for really secure communication use a courier. Are you really paranoid now? Sorry, I don't mean to make you just like me. LOL

16 posted on 11/01/2003 6:21:44 PM PST by ExSoldier (My other auto is a .45!)
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To: cmsgop
I was just trying to get some help.....I find help is always here.....it's Saturday night and my brother-in-law freaked me out today about my email.....that's all....I read further and I see you are right and there is alot of vanity on this site tonight....no disrespect taken.....God Bless!
17 posted on 11/01/2003 6:38:22 PM PST by Faith65
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To: ExSoldier
I wish you hadn't "said" that about getting some unwanted attention.....hummmm.......I was just starting to feel alittle better about securing my email. I was already PARANOID to start.....conspiracy theorist at heart....that's me......but I give it all to God to handle......that's the only way I can live my life.
18 posted on 11/01/2003 6:42:28 PM PST by Faith65
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To: Faith65
PC-Encrypt has a pretty good FREE 56-bit encryption (7 character password limit I think) tool that uses Blowfish. You can download the free tool here: http://www.pc-encrypt.com/_site/alock/download.mhtml. Upgrades to 448-bit encryption are only $30 (up to 56 character passwords).

The only problem with this is that the person on the other side of what you are sending must have the tool as well. However, at the top of the encrypted email there is a link to download the tool. Also you must both have the same passwords in your password lists. It's very effective when you are both on the same page with the encryption, especially if you send files that have been encrypted with A-Lock. I use it all the time to encrypt stuff.

Yes 7-bit blowfish can be broken, but it takes a substantial amount of time and computing power to do so. But this is only with software that guesses at the passwords over and over again until it gets the right one. Just like anything else, good passwords are key (no pun intended).

Otherwise it's easy to use, and can be a very powerful tool. One of the cool features is that you can just type in your email in a text box (AOL, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.) and click the icon and it's encrypted right there before you send it.

19 posted on 11/01/2003 6:45:19 PM PST by numberonepal
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To: numberonepal
Thanks- I'll look at that also tonight.
20 posted on 11/01/2003 6:48:12 PM PST by Faith65
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To: ExSoldier
>> Even PGP which is pretty darn good, can be hacked by somebody really good at the game.

As a practical matter it's impossible to decrypt a file or message encrypted using PGP without the intended recipient's key file and password. It is possible to steal those items if improperly secured (keylogging will get you there), or to directly view and record the content by stationing one's self near the receiving terminal and intercepting stray RF signals from the user's monitor, all using technology that exists for those purposes, but that is hardly "hacking" PGP.

I believe what Phil Z. has written on this subject, as well as what I've been personally told by a person I know who was (is?) working for that agency you mentioned.

Dave in Eugene
21 posted on 11/01/2003 7:02:17 PM PST by Clinging Bitterly (This tagline has been used before, so I won't repeat it.)
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To: Faith65
Free, fast, easy to use file and folder encryption:

http://www.dekorte.com/Software/OSX/Crypt/

Crypt is a native MacOSX application for encrypting and decrypting files with a password of your choice. Crypt features 576 bit encryption using the Blowfish cipher.

22 posted on 11/01/2003 11:31:37 PM PST by D-fendr
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