RE: Possible to encrypt "free" mail?

Subject: RE: Possible to encrypt "free" mail?
From: "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: Allan Ackerson <alackerson -at- msn -dot- com>, Tech Whirler List <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 14:20:42 -0500

Oh well, in that vein, there are various steganography apps to hide text within graphic files, but now we're getting into a lot of handling outside your mail-reader.

I'm not so much interested in security-by-obscurity as in solid cryptographic security preformed with minimal disruption. There are pgp / gpg plug-ins for various mail programs, but they are bypassed when you check your Gmail or other web-based mail via your phone.

Time was, Blackberry mail was the standard for on-the-go secure mail, but now that every tin-pot country in the world has negotiated backdoor access, that's not something a company would use if they were dealing with US defence contractors on hush-hush projects. (Or substitute your country's name... I'm in Canada, for example.)



From: Allan Ackerson [mailto:alackerson -at- msn -dot- com]
Sent: November-16-12 12:52 PM
To: McLauchlan, Kevin; Tech Whirler List
Subject: RE: Possible to encrypt "free" mail?

There's also a small program out there called Camouflage, which allows you to hide files by scrambling them and then attaching them to the file of your choice. This camouflaged file then looks and behaves like a normal file, and can be stored, used or emailed without attracting attention. It's no longer supported, but is still available.

Regards!
Al



> From: Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com<mailto:Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com<mailto:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
> Date: Fri, 16 Nov 2012 12:34:58 -0500
> Subject: Possible to encrypt "free" mail?
>
> We know it's easy to keep mail private when you
> use a carrier-only provider, and you handle the creating,
> reading, and archiving locally on your own device(s), rather than
> accessing your mail via browser (for services like Gmail).
>
> If you own and control the terminating point, you can perform
> public-key exchanges with correspondents, and then send
> encrypted mail between/among you, with complete safety
> from prying Googles (and other datamining or nefarious eyes).
>
> But if anyone is going to access mail via web interface, while
> on-the-go, is that kind of security still possible?
>
> Other than government IT people, does anyone under age 50
> even think in terms of private mail? Private anything? :)
>
> I have in mind dealing with contracting companies that have
> proprietary info they would need to share with a contracting
> techwriter who might not live in the company's office.
>
>
> - k
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