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Pledge “SecureWebmail”

"I will start using Hushmail's free & secure (PGP) email service for all my web-based emailing but only if 10 other people worldwide will do the same."

— Luther Blisset, World citizen mindful of his privacy

Deadline to sign up by: 30th October 2005
11 people signed up (1 over target)

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Every day, Internet users around the world send millions of emails. The vast majority of these are transmitted without using any form of encryption. When you send an email at work or at home, it can be monitored, logged, analyzed and stored by many individuals and organizations.

In addition to the basic human right to privacy, email users must consider the importance of keeping business communications secure from rival organizations and should only send data in an encrypted format. The same concerns apply to the transmission of medical records, sensitive legal or personal information.

By contrast, Hushmail keeps your online communications private and secure. Not even a Hushmail employee with access to our servers can read your encrypted email, since each message is uniquely encoded before it leaves your computer.

Like many people, I need to maintain a web-based email account like Yahoo or Hotmail for times when I’m away from my own computer, traveling, etc.
Hushmail offers the same services as many other web-based email applications, but with the added benefit of 100% privacy – nobody apart from yourself – not your employer, government, Microsoft, etc. – will be able to read anything you send via a Hushmail email.
If you think you don’t need 100% secure & private email, I would ask you to read some of the user testimonies on Hushmail’s website http://www.hushmail.com/?l=424&a=253...
Hushmail works with PCs (it even integrates with Outlook, if required) and MACs and should be a must for every Internet user who is concerned about his/her privacy or even just uses web-based email applications at work.

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  • Despite common belief, hushmail is not really any more secure than hotmail etc. Only mail sent to other hushmail users is encrypted. Mail sent to users of other email systems is signed, but the signature cannot be used to encrypt messages to hushmail accounts. It all seems like hype to me.

    So if you really want secure mail you have to adopt a proper public key infrastructure. Get PGP or GPG, or get a free digital signature from www.thawte.com or www.cacert.org and encourage your friends to do so also.
    Duncan Drury, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • Thanks for your comments Duncan. I agree that it would be ideal if everybody would get PGP, but unfortunately not everybody feels computer savvy enough to do so.
    Meanwhile, Hushmail have actually just added 'Hushmail Express' which means users can send encrypted emails even to people without Husmail addresses.
    Check it out at: http://tinyurl.com/7g6d7
    Luther Blissett, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
  • That's really flashy Luther, but normally, only people that know you want to spy on you.
    Therefore, the secret question is kind of worthless unless you've agreed upon something in advance..
    And that's just about how hard it is to convince someone to install PGP on their PC.

    Unless people see the use for encryption, they won't use it I think. So we paranoids just have to be on guard. (o_o)
    Gortiag, 13 years ago. Abusive? Report it!
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Current signatories (Green text = they've done it)

Luther Blisset, the Pledge Creator, joined by:

  • Stefanie Jurczyk
  • Colin McArthur
  • Nathan Hartland
  • Robert Brook
  • Karl Cameron
  • Identity Withheld
  • stinky
  • Helen Robertson
  • Sharon Walsh
  • the insomnianiac
  • 1 person who did not want to give their name

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