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You might want to ask General Petraeus and his mistress how that "Sharing a Draft Folder" thing worked out for them.
Gmail saves its drafts to the servers, where they can be retrieved from any computer - just like "sent" mail. And if someone is looking for something, they can find it in your draft folder as easily as in your sent, trash, or any other labeled folder.
The label is, after all, just a flag.
PGP or GPG is the way to go if you're concerned about your privacy. Then you have to get AdBlock, use VPNs and proxies, and single-use credit card numbers. TracPhones bought with cash. And avoid customer loyalty cards. And pharmacies.
The point of diminishing returns hits pretty early in today's society. Better to decide what you really, really want to remain private and protect that than to try and protect everything about you.
Since we're on this topic, and purely for theoretical reasons - it would be impractical as a general means of conducting business - another way to communicate privately with someone using public webmail accounts is to set up an account and share the password with the person you wish to communicate with. The correspondents write messages to each other by saving them in the drafts folder, where they can each read and respond to when they log in.
Since the messages are always 'draft's and never leave the server as 'sent', they don't get scanned either by Google or by anyone eavesdropping on internet traffic. Sharing the password of a Gmail account with someone else probably violates Google's terms of service and could lead to your account being suspended if detected (which they might do if you're regularly logging in from different sides of the world), but like I said, I mention this only out of technical interest.
On 26 Feb 2013, at 05:27, "McLauchlan, Kevin" <Kevin -dot- McLauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com> wrote:
> If you'd like some privacy, think asymmetric cryptography.
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