A Guide to Secure Email Related Products
There are quite a few programs available to help you with securing you email. Of course we prefer open source software because it is likely to have been more thoroughly tested. There are also quite a few service providers who can help you with transmitting either encrypted or anonymized email.
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Here is an assortment of file encryption programs:
- CryptoForge Encryption Software CryptoForge uses four strong (symmetric) cryptographic algorithms to protect your information. For Windows only.
- The GNU Privacy Guard is the GNU project’s complete and free implementation of the OpenPGP standard.
- PGP Corporation offers a range of products and a software development kit based on the popular PGP algorithms.
- TrueCrypt is “Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP/2000 and Linux.”
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Many secure email systems also offer anonymity so some service providers are listed under both categories.
- AnonymousSpeech offers PGP Secure Email on a subscription basis.
- CryptoMail.org provides a ree secure web-based Email service.
- CryptoHeaven is a subscription service geared to individuals and businesses.
- Enigmail is an extension to the mail client of Mozilla Thunderbird and Mozilla Seamonkey which allows users to access the authentication and encryption features provided by GnuPG.
- Hushmail has several free and subscription services as well as pluggins for popular email readers.
- KeptPrivate, Secure email that is reliable and easy to use.
- Novo Ordo, Sub Rosa secure email.
- Privacy Offshore , encrypted offshore email.
- S-Mail provides high-level protection for emails on the Internet. A subscription is required after the trial period.
- stealth message is a free, secure email system located in British Columbia. Web based. Requires a (free) account for advanced features.
For a feature by feature comparison of most of the above services, see our Comparison of Secure Email Systems page.
Anonymous email is usually accomplished by using a service that anonymizes and forwards your messages. Here is a list of a few service providers:
- Advicebox, subscription based.
- Anonymouse, a free service.
- AnonymousSpeech.com, requires registration.
- Cotse.Net Mixmaster Public Mail Interface, a free service.
- MuteMail is a SMTP/IMAP/POP3 secure and anonymous email system located in the Bahamas. Accounts are by subscription.
- Neomailbox offers subscription mail hosting in either the US or the Netherlands.
- Novo Ordo NoName free anonymous email, based on Mixmaster.
- PC Graffiti.com, free, no registration.
- Privacy Offshore , fee based.
- Sharpmail, allows replies, free registration.
- SilentSender, allows replies, does not use email.
- TheAnonymousEmail.com, free registration.
- XmailY offers free anonymous email but limited security.
For a feature by feature comparison of most of the above services, see our Comparison of Anonymous Email Systems page.
The biggest threat to your communication security may be on your own computer. Here are some products that may help.