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Internet Security Internet Security & Email Encryption
It is often said that an unencrypted email is akin to writing your message on a postcard. Think about it. Who knows how many people read a postcard from the time and location from which it is sent to when and where it is received. What is certain is that we never write anything confidential overly personal on a postcard? We would never assume that our message will not be read. This same philosophy should apply to our emails.
Encryption of email protects the content of our emails from being read by entities other than the intended recipient(s). For encryption to work, however, both the sender and the receiver need to use an enrypted email service. Encryption does not work if only one party is using it.
While there are many email encryption platforms available (just as there are many VPN services) Exit is a particlur fan of Protonmail which was founded in 2014 at the CERN research facility in Switzerland (by Andy Yen, Jason Stockman, and Wei Sun). In tech-speak, Protonmail offers end-to-end email encryption. Protonmail also offers a free account. For a small monthly subscription, additional bells and whistles are available.
Another well known encrypted email service is Hushmail.com and Riseup.net. It, too, offers free accounts.