How To: Use Email Privately without Being Tracked

Virtually everyone needs an email account. Yet keeping emails private and secure is challenging because, by design, email identifies the sender. You also can’t protect emails from tracking with privacy tools like Tor or VPN. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to protect your email privacy. Here are our tips for secure email: If possible, use …

Using Anonymous Remailers for Email Privacy

Want to send email anonymously? Anonymous remailers provide a solution. Here’s an overview of how they work and where to access them. You can gain some privacy in email by using a provider that doesn’t track you. But that’s different from hiding your identity from the recipient. Anonymous remailers make it possible to obfuscate your identity when sending email. They …

Could Email Provide Access to Censored Online Content?

Here’s a creative way to beat online censorship: transmit banned information via email. That’s what a little-known (and now defunct) project called Feed over Email tried to do. It never got off the ground, but it’s notable all the same for its creative approach to online privacy, which did not require VPNs or Tor. Feed over Email, or FOE, described …

Using Mailvelope to Keep Emails Private with PGP Encryption

Using an email provider that doesn’t track you is one way to help protect your email privacy. But that’s only half the battle. Encrypting your email is also important. Here’s how to do it using Mailvelope. Mailvelope is an email encryption tool that uses PGP to prevent unauthorized access to email content. PGP is the gold standard of email encryption, …

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TextSecure Offers Encrypted Mobile Instant Messaging for Android

We’ve covered online chat apps like ChatSecure and FireChat before. If you’re looking for secure chats for mobile devices, however, you may be most interested in TextSecure, a chat tool for Android that could soon be expanded to include private voice communication as well. TextSecure is an Android app that provides end-to-end encryption for instant messaging. First released in 2010, …

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A Guide To Being Private Online

The services below will increase your security and reduce your surveillance by governments and advertisers. Here are my tips for maintaining on-line privacy: Use A Search Engine That Doesn’t Track You Many popular search engines like Google and Bing save your search history. Typically, your searches are saved along with some information about your computer (e.g. your IP address, User …

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NinjaStik: Boot To An Anonymous OS In 60 Seconds

The NinjaStik is a bootable USB 3.0 memory stick. It allows to you boot your computer into an anonymous operating system (via custom firmware and Linux-based OS). There are a host of privacy-related tools on the stick — including a Tor Browser, a Bitcoin Wallet and Thunderbird with Enigmail installed. According to the company the Ninjastik can be used  a …