Our emails are not nearly as secure as we would like to believe. This had been suspected by many before the recent and continuing revelations from Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald, Alan Rusbridger et al. but it should now be common knowledge that every email we send can be viewed by third parties and security services.
So Alan Henry has put together a guide over at Lifehacker on how, with a little time and patience, you can learn to encrypt your emails. This is obviously not necessary for any kind of “Hi Mum” or “look at this cat” type of correspondence but having the relevant know-how could be vital if a source reaches out and wants to share encrypted information with you. Besides, Glenn Greenwald almost lost the NSA story because he ignored Snowden’s instructions on how to encrypt their communication.
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