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Valeri Galtsev galtsev at kicp.uchicago.edu
Tue Apr 26 22:31:02 UTC 2016

On Tue, April 26, 2016 5:15 pm, Polytropon wrote:
> On Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:32:19 -0400, Dewey Rahn wrote:
>> Thank you. Can you recommend a dependable, secure, private email
>> service?
> Well, any service should be secure and private as long as you apply
> good end-to-end encryption. PGP is a very common tool. With a virtual
> server (or a real one) it's easy to run your own service where you
> fully control its actions. There are several tutorials and guides
> found on the web on how to achieve this. If you don't mind "getting
> your hands dirty", you can adjust all the parts (MUA, MDA, MTA)
> according to your needs. If this is not to your taste, just make
> sure you have good transfer encryption in place. Keep in mind that
> the biggest threat to your privacy and security is always the weakest
> part of the chain in communication: If you mail to someone who is
> running a compromised system, it's more or less "game over". Doing
> some investigation on the web will reveal more truth. :-)

Someone estimated that about half of our e-mails end up in gmail accounts,
so, you can safely forget about privacy of about half of your e-mails. For
the rest 50% of e-mails Mr. Polytropon's advise is the best, the only
thing I would add: keep your private mail server at home, at least they
will have to come to your home with subpoena, and then you will know that
they looked through your e-mails.


Valeri Galtsev
Sr System Administrator
Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Kavli Institute for Cosmological Physics
University of Chicago
Phone: 773-702-4247

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