Skip to comments.Suggestions for a safe private email as opposed to gmail?
Posted on 04/23/2012 6:20:07 AM PDT by freemike
I'm looking for a alternative to gmail. Any suggestions for s safe private preferably free email? Or am I living in fantasy land.
why not hotmail?
They’ve improved their security
plus it’s free
No such thing as “safe” email without some pretty elaborate encryption being setup for both the sender and recipient(s).
You are living in a fantasy ....
There is nothing private in the electronic world. Even here on FR if you are a monthly donor and use your FR email....it ain’t private if anybody wants to know what’s in it.
If you want it to be completely secure, send it by courier. And then kill the courier. And the recipient. Then yourself, because you might blab too.
Sorry; you’re dreaming.
Hotmail seems to work fine.
I use Juno for my throw-away accounts. Free and easy. Make as many accounts as you want. http://www.juno.com
No email service is truly private.
If you use Firefox, get the Leetkey add-on and send everything encrypted with AES or DES. Your receiver has to have the key. Then, even gmail or yahoo is “secure” unless NSA gets involved. All free.
PGP costs money, these days, but is more secure as far as crypto goes.
Might want to check teh terms and conditions of the mail carrier to see if they allow crypto.
Why would you expect to get something for free?
If you can deal with paying a whole $32.00 or so each YEAR... The I suggest setting up a domain name with email service with 1and1.com . You can have most any email / domain name you wish. Your email could be firstname.lastname@example.org or whatever. They provide a good online web interface and simultaneously a pop3 capability you can use on your desktop. I have several accounts with 1and1.com and really like it. Nice thing is they have a darned good Spam Filter built in. Security? Seems fine to me ...
That is the safe way. NSA can't break gpg encryption if done right. That's why the government hates it and tries constantly to restrict it, and have a government use only back door, etc. They don't want you to have any privacy.
I was assuming that freemike was not going to be posting child porn, selling drugs nor communicating with Al Qaida...
ANYTHING you do on the net can be traced to you unless you war-drive with a dedicated machine and never send images taken with an iphone or device which geotags your pics...
Best is to not use the web to break the law.
Feel free to send naked pictures of your girlfriend, knowing that they are safe and secure.
Nothing is “safe” anymore; it might be “free”, but it isn’t safe, and “they” can decrypt anything at NSA/DIA.
LOL! Be sure to cc: me, too!
...okay... they're on the way...
There is a way: GLSDO SPOR FKUS MIER AGDE PLKN RSHW LOWR ZPMJ RHPM POFO JQBK , But you will have to change it daily or it will be deciphered at Bletchley Park.
Add one more to the “There’s no such thing as safe email” column. You should always regard anything send via email as though you posted it to a public message board. If you must send something by email, and you want it to be secure, use GPG or some other form of encryption. (GPG is the free version of PGP and can be run on Windows.)
not only is email not private, but those little tags on your snail mail guarantee that those are not privat either.
Not true. gpg encryption with a 3 kb key is pretty safe.
Fastmail. Free but I chose to pay $4.95/yr so I didn’t have to see ads. You can even pay more.
You should have been supplied with an email address to go along with your Net service.. If not, check up on how much it it will cost extra (probably not more than $2-$5/month added to your bill).
“Even here on FR if you are a monthly donor and use your FR email....it aint private if anybody wants to know whats in it.”
It’s even worse than that! I’m not a monthly donor, and my name is not really Bogus Pachysandra. But this morning I received an email at my private home email address. It’s from YouGov, and it’s a survey request. Although it came to my email, in the body of the email is the greeting, “Dear Bogus.” Somehow mined from FR?
Juno is still there?! :o I used it a decade and a half ago... I thought it went under though (along with bigfoot)..
I have used Yahoo for years with no known problems. But none can be considered safe. I have for years put nothing in emails that I could regret later, no paper trail here.
I’m afraid you’ll have to use a one-time pad, and it might get cumbersome.
What you don’t like having your email data mined and having targeted ads sent to you?
Setting up your own email server would probably be the only way to have some privacy. The emphasis is on the word some.
If your Server is setup to use TLS, then it automatically sends it encrypted as long as the receiving Email Server has TLS implemented. (Not all do).
But at least your emails won’t be data mined like GMAIL, Yahoo or HOT mail.
A 2nd less secure option would be to open an account on a secondary provider like your ISP. Their not as likely to be actively data mining your emails to send you targeted ads.
PGP does cost, but GPG does the same thing, and is fully interoperable.
I've been trying to get people interested in encryption since PGP was a DOS command line program.
I've come to the conclusion that people just don't give a damn about privacy, despite what they claim.
No more secure for long term usage but you can send an email and then delete the Mail Null address...thereby keeping any return email from reaching you. Your main address is then secure.
It helps in keeping Spam down but does not add much in the way of security overall.
I have a friend with this type of e-mail
Did you get any voter ID cards yet from the DNC?
A Custom Domain name with email from 1and1.com (and other companies) is not totally secure - and it does cost a little money ... but it is better than dealing with Gmail and the other data miners. Plus - I kinda like having a domain name that I created to be used for my email...
“Did you get any voter ID cards yet from the DNC?”
No. And I’m still trying to figure out how they got my home email address , using my FR nic.
PGP takes a little getting used to. Give people a mail program with encryption transparently built in, and I think they’d use it all the time with people they email with regularly.
If it ain’t encrypted it ain’t private. Remember all internet traffic goes through at least 6 computers, you at best control 2, all the rest can be used to read the traffic.
An additional benefit of this, is that it loosens the tie to your ISP. You can change internet providers fairly painlessly.
I use pobox.com, but there are several others out there. Google "email forwarding service" and you should find others. As a satisfied customer, I strongly recommend pobox.com though, as their spam filtering is really good. One drawback is that there will obviously be a slight delay in getting mail because email has to first go to them before it is routed to you.
Disclaimer: I have no relationship to pobox.com other than being a long-standing satisfied customer of theirs.
As others have said - there is no secure way of transmitting anything on the Web. You can temporarily secure the contents, but the Headers are in plain view and traceable. Good luck.
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