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    Encryption of email

    I have a desire to be able to send and receive encrypted email. My computer skills are at a low level. I live in the boonies and the two nearby computer shops are reluctant to work at installing the software and showing me how to use it.
    One option is to install an encryption system myself, say Comodo or similar. My concerns are :
    a) would I have the necessary skills
    b) would the presence of encrypted email pose a problem for computer repairmen in future repairs

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    a) we can't answer that.
    b) no.

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    a) if you have to ask, the answer is not likely (or very likely, no)
    b) it depends on what you want them to do. If you want them to retrieve your encrypted email after your forgot they key, no chance. If you want help 'upgrading' to WIN 10, no problem.

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    Bear with me - I am elderly. But I have made progress. I have got to the stage where I have installed an email compatible digital ID in my computer. My OS is Win 7, the browser is IE 11 and the email program I use is Windows Live Mail. Now I have come to a standstill because I do not know how to get an intended recipient's digital ID to enable me to send an encrypted email to her/him. I know the ingredients are in place because I can send an encrypted email to myself (not logically rigorous). So - what is the most convenient way to get the intended recipient's digital ID ? The intended recipient is co-operative.

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    Is it worth the bother? If you're treating this as a hobby, then great, but unless you have exceptional security/privacy requirements, I would not recommend bothering with end to end encryption. Especially because in all probability there are backdoors built in to allow NSA to decrypt your messages.
    Last edited by andrewf; 2016-04-20 at 12:06 AM.

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    It's worth doing encryption whenever possible. We don't stop using locks on our doors just because a few experts have the means to evade the locks. You still lock your doors... and you should use digital encryption whenever possible.

    With email, the problem is convincing the receiving person to use the same technology.

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    Your email is already encrypted using the SSL connection with the server of the service provider. That is 'locking your front door'. End to end encryption is more like having a panic room. Maybe some people need it, but generally I think it is a bit paranoid.

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    As a premptive defense, no, this is not for porno puposes! I recall reading in the 1970's Martin Gardiner's column the Scientific Amereican about the clever advance in cryptography that was made by Diffie and Hellman. Just recently, they have been awarded a major international prize for their work. So for me, in my twilight years, to use their tricky two factor tecnique would be an accomplishment.

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    You could try getting your intended recipient to send you a signed (but not encrypted) email. When you receive it your email client should provide an option to save or import their certificate, then you can use that to send them an encrypted email.

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    You can use Hushmail.com


    or you can write your message in a text file and encrypt that with trucrypt, then attach it to your email.


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