From August Abolins
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on Thu Jan 23 08:33:06 2020
I have found that is difficult to educate people/friends on the value of private email. Everyone seems to be happy offering their communications content for free to gmail or facebook to gather and exploit.
On a brief mission to explore options, I discovered Protonmail a couple
years ago. I gave it a very quick initial run:
Login success Apr 23, 2018 5:28:34 PM
Login failure (password) Apr 24, 2018 1:04:15 AM
..until I screwed up remembering the password the next day! :)
Obviously, my easy-to-remember-password wasn't so easy to remember the following day!
I was determined to remember it, at some point:
Login failure (password) Apr 24, 2018 1:05:44 AM
Login failure (password) Apr 24, 2018 11:11:14 AM
Login failure (password) Apr 25, 2018 12:51:11 AM
Login failure (password) Apr 25, 2018 12:51:31 AM
..and gave up, for a couple of years.
Login failure (password) Jan 22, 2020 8:52:32 PM
Login success Jan 22, 2020 8:56:25 PM
Logout Jan 22, 2020 9:23:31 PM
..but I cheated this time with a pw reset.
I'm glad I'm back and didn't have to change my initial email address.
However, a pw reset does NOT allow access to previously store emails.
That, is actually a very smart decision. Should anyone commandeer your
pw recovery email address, they could request a pw reset. But once they
do that, your previous email content will be unavailable.
After my pw reset, I could see old emails listed, but the contents
remained encrypted and looked like this:
- - -BEGIN PGP MESSAGE- - -
I encourage people to check out Protonmail. It is OpenPGP-based. Their
service is accessible via Android or iOS apps, or a web-interface. It automatically encrypts email, end-to-end, between protonmail users. But
it also offers to provide sending encrypted email to non-protonmail
users via web-access with a passphrase/clue that you communicate to your recipient ahead of time. Then, the recipient can compose a reply that
will maintain its encrypted quality - automatically. There is no
requirement for non-protonmail users to learn anything about gpg/pgp or
have gpg/pgp installed.
Outbound emails to non-protonmail users automatically expire within a month.
They offer 3 plan levels, but the FREE plan is a great place to start
for your friends to get a smooth introduction to private/encrypted email.
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