Two recent Yahoo incidents raise serious concerns over email security and privacy:
- Over 500 million Yahoo email accounts were recently hacked. (NBC News)
- The US Govt installed a “very carelessly implemented” backdoor into Yahoo email servers. (The Intercept)
According to a recent Pew Research survey, most Americans (69%) don’t trust their government to be able to keep their personal information safe and secure. The concern of the majority has already come to pass:
“The program that was installed for interception was very carelessly implemented, in a way that if someone like an outside hacker got control of it, they could have basically read everyone’s Yahoo mail” — “Ex-Yahoo Employee: Government Spy Program Could Have Given a Hacker Access to All Email” (The Intercept)
With the major email providers offering little security and even less privacy, what can you do to take email security and privacy back into your own hands?
In regards to protecting email, there are two areas of concern:
- The end devices on which the emails are written and read.
- The intermediary transmission and storage.
For the end devices, we highly recommend Hacker Deterrent. Hacker Deterrent will protect the emails during their most vulnerable time (when they are being written and read). Emails are most vulnerable during this time because they must be unencrypted when written and read.
“StartMail may be the easiest way ever to protect your email conversations using industry-standard encryption.”
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