Comment: I think we're gonna see more service providers entering

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I think we're gonna see more service providers entering

hopefully since I plan to be involved in same....

First off, if you want to have this discussion and you are still using gmail, yahoo mail, whatever one of these "free service" outfits just pick up your things and quietly leave.

I certainly find it nice to host my own mail services from domains I own and server space I contract for. Running PGP is a point-to-point method which requires the exchange of "keys" before hand. We also run SSL or TLS protocols when we interface with our mail server. This encrypts anything between us and that server inbound or outbound.

The Firebird mail client has pretty decent encryption options with the Enigmail extension and it's a fine starting point. For Android there's AGP and Openkeychain. However it doesn't replace the need for a mailserver that's secure or trust in vendors to provide one unless you PGP everything. And that's a pain. And it really does nothing for a hardware listening device such as NSA has deployed.

There's next-gen stuff in the works by outfits like Maidsafe that show promise as well as blockchain oriented solutions but I haven't tried any yet. I'm still concerned with how we know our present solutions aren't flawed which has been recently proven to be the case with OpenSSL and Truecrypt. Most of the planet has been merrily doing ecommerce for years on OpenSSL. That is truly the kind of thing that makes us lose sleep at night.

There's no way for us to assure you of security against all parties at all times at this time, period. Paradoxically some of this stuff can make you a target. Put up a VPN and people all over the world want to find out what's inside it that's worth the trouble.

Be brave, be brave, the Myan pilot needs no aeroplane.