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Secure Private E-mail

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Sending an email to someone is hardly different from sending a post card through the mail with a written message on it for anyone to read. While there is no such thing as secure email, there are some precautions that you can take which will protect you from nearly all prying eyes.

In most cases, people aren’t concerned about the fact that their email messages could theoretically be read by others who really want to, and will probably remain out there somewhere in cyberspace, even after it has been read and deleted by the intended recipient.

Others however, for various reasons, do not want their sent messages able to be read by anyone other than the email recipient. There apparently are solutions to this problem, and I thought I would highlight a few of them. This is not an endorsement, but simply some ideas if you are interested.



Hushmail.com (free and pay services)
From their site:
Hushmail is a secure web-based free email service. Since 1999, millions of people and thousands of businesses have trusted Hushmail to safeguard their secrets. Hushmail keeps your emails private by encoding each message using encryption. Encryption is a way of transforming a message so that it is unreadable to anyone but the sender and its recipients.

PrivacyHarbor.com (free and pay services)
From their site:
Our Basic Account offers you a free Private Email account. You can now easily send private messages to all your friends and business associates, no matter what email service they are using. It is totally free, safe and secure.

Safe-mail.net (looks like there is a free, plus pay services)
From their site:
Safe-mail is the most secure, easy to use communication system. It includes encrypted mail system with collaboration features and document storage functions. Always accessible at any time from anywhere!

S-Mail.com (free and pay services)
From their site:
S-Mail, designed with modern military-level cryptography, securely protects ALL stored and transmitted data.



If you have any personal experience with this subject, or a recommendation, I’m sure everyone would love to hear it… leave a comment

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8 Comments

  1. One can make these services even safer.

    Never send the email in question. Rather, save it as a draft.

    Then, anyone with access to the account can communicate with you in a like manner.

    One can make as many hushmail accounts as you wish for free. The account will be flushed after 90 days of no access as well.

    *Quite* secure, impossible to track.

    1. This would allow each person would either be able to read all your drafts with the account password, or you would require a separate email for each person. The first not private, the second option most inconvenient.

      However, mail cyberstalkers work differently than you think. Decription is difficult and error producing. Far easier to stalk the password. Watch IP addresses etc. They have software that searches for personal information in publicly accessable web pages during sign in. once an email address is obtained they can search for that address adn prompt you to re-enter your passord, and then GET your password and read all your mail, intercept your mail etc.

      So, you better figure out to whom in your life your personal information is important to. Are you really that important.

      Otherwise, make a corporation with a name, and use that insteadof your won. In some states you have years to report corporation members.

  2. This is a very pertinent post, thank you. Some years ago I worked in IT and people seemed unaware that ALL their emails were backed up nightly. They were also unaware that deleted emails ended up in a deleted folder for about ten days, thus ten backups of that deleted email. If you delete an email go into the Deleted folder and delete it again, pronto!

    I find a lot of friends and acquaintences forward emails from other friends such that there is a huge trail of addresses travelling with the email. I usually only have to tell them once to use the BCC address (Blind Carbon Copy) such that any recipient is only aware of you, the sender, and not the fact that you sent the email to many other persons at the same time. There is a thriving business out there involving the sale of email addresses.

  3. Thank You, Always happy to live and learn. I not being a user don’t know much of this digital language, so I don’t follow 100% the BCC address. Then again I don’t have people to forward and create a trail. My trails lead to physical locations. Well worth looking into should I ever pick up a laptop for myself. Thank you for your efforts. Survive-All…

  4. if you’re logged-in and writng emails, and your mail server asks you to re-enter your password, you may have been bumped out by a stalker who wants to get that password. Don’t re=enter it. Close the message, change locations to a different IP and make a newmail account. Work offline. Keep your mail address book upto date outsideof the account.

  5. Plus using the mail services provided here and following sane practices like the BCC named above please use PGP encryption on every email you don’t want anyone but the intended recipient to read.

  6. WITH ALL OF THE PROBLEMS SURROUNDING E-MAIL, I MEAN THE PROBLEMS ARE LOOMING OVER YOUR HEAD, LURKING IN THE SHADOWS, AND HANGING OUT EVERYWHERE IN BETWEEN, WHY NOT JUST NOT USE E-MAIL. WHAT I’M SUGGESTING IS, YES, AN OLD FASHIONED LETTER! THERE, I SAID IT, WELL, WHAT DOES EVERYONE THINK ABOUT THAT?????????

  7. With regards to the poster suggesting using “old-fashioned” mail service, such as the US Postal Service, presumably: it is well established that ALL mail is now photographed and stored digitally, as well as having the contents scanned by sensors for drugs, cash, and other illicit items. It is ILLEGAL to send cash through the mail, and it WILL be confiscated if found. That’s right, even the %5 bill great grandma sends you for your birthday is ILLEGAL! And they have a permanent record of your address as well as the persons you are sending things too.

    Takeaway: you will only have what privacy YOU work on maintaining.

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