Secure your email communication with free software

By | June 9, 2006

Email is one of the most common activities we perform on the internet. However, email is also one of the most vulnerable internet services currently used. Email spam is common, but what most people are not aware of is that email identity theft is common as well. There is also continuous concern over the privacy and security issues surrounding the matter. However, most users dismiss security software as complex and still continue to send email messages with very little or no regard at all to security.

In this article, you’ll learn how to install, setup, and use the Mozilla Thunderbird email client for secure, encrypted email using GnuPG and the Enigmail Mozilla Thunderbird extension. The examples in this article are based on Ubuntu 5.10, but any GNU/Linux-based operating system can be used. You’ll also get to tackle the basics of using GnuPG with Enigmail—just enough to get you started, as GnuPG is a very powerful suite that can extend to other applications. If you’d like to learn more about cryptography using GnuPG, the man pages are a good place to start. Don’t worry though, GnuPG is very well documented and you’ll be presented with some links online at the end of this article to get you started.Read Full Story

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