• protonmail

    From August Abolins@2:221/360 to All 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- - -
    Version: ProtonMail

    wcBMA1wsrvPuXdKzAQf/c4LqdtGNID0Y94iWbKZItljM5d5gwSPIV0OGWIpl 4ymH9P/iWBskKyFp6aKZ11n/qhflHMJBD14kpIgisXNFdwBNowN8no5jybxx


    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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