I hope this thread will become a good path for people to follow on their journey towards privacy and security which are non-negotiable parts of free society.
WHY is privacy and email security important? It is not just what you write and your security, it is also security of the person you are writing with.
For example… one is writing perfectly legal correspondence involving … say sexual minority… with person in another country… say Palestine. Now… IF the emails are NOT encrypted there is a RISK that local intelligence network will capture that message. This means that there is a good chance that Mossad (israel intelligence) will want this email as it involves palestine people (Intellegence sharing and trading). While the palestinian person has not committed any crime… information about his/her sexual orientation can be used (by mossad) to blackmail him/her to observe and report on third persons activites (who might live in same building or next door).
This is an example of plausible path where perfectly law abiding person is put in a very compromising position.
email security is a part of much lager issue but to keep things manageable I wish to focus just on email security on this thread. As things move along… we can open new threads to address other issues.
and now to HOW…
We have few different types of email, few different OS and we wish to access email from our computer and from our phones. This means a lot of different combinations. I hope to gather a good HOWTO that will have sections for most common setups and list pros and cons for them.
I hope to hear from people who have already done setups for their own systems (what they used and how happy they are with it)
Email can be a web service (like google mail) or it can run as a service on providers server. ( like … IMAP, POP3, SMTP ). One needs a mail client to access mail servers ( like icedove ) … one that supports encryption or encryption addons.
So far i have only tested
webmail - google (<> os - linux )<> browser - firefox and tor browser <> addon - mailevelop : works, major con - google tracks you extensively. Has e list of web mail providers with which things work smoothly (no knowledge on how secure these are ) inconvenience involveld if one wishes to use specific webmail that is not listed.
untested - should work
webmail - google (<> os - win mac … )<> browser - firefox <> addon - mailevelop
Next I am looking for pop / imap setup with linux. This will add mta (mail transfer agent) and mail client to the setup - recommendations?