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JohnInSJ
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Aptos, CA

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Re: top 5 safest and most secure email providers ?

said by Frydays:

so secure not even the fbi can read my stuff
I'd worry more about the NSA.

Run your own email server, locally hosted (like, in your house) and then the FBI will need to knock down your door, er, show you the warrant before they confiscate your server and read your mail.

Of course, your email is sent all over the place, and unless you encrypt it (as others point out) then it doesn't matter where it's stored as anyone can read the packets if they have access to the pipes. Access to the pipes is easy.

Oh, and be sure to tell everyone who sends you email to encrypt their email too.
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Mchart
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NSA (Or any DoD agency for that matter) is bound by the law to not touch *anything* that has to do with any 'five eyes' citizens. The caveat to that is unless it has been legally deemed that said person is a threat to said national entities.

So while the NSA may or may not have the capabilities to crack your stuff - They can't. On top of that, i'm fairly certain they have bigger fish to fry.
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JohnInSJ
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said by Mchart:

So while the NSA may or may not have the capabilities to crack your stuff - They can't. On top of that, i'm fairly certain they have bigger fish to fry.
I know - I have several friends there. It was a joke, of sorts. As in, why are you worrying about the FBI reading your email? They either don't care, or there isn't a damn thing you can do to prevent them from reading your email.

I believe if they wish to read your email, they can offer you the choice of decrypting it for them, or going to jail for refusing to decrypt. But then again, I am not a lawyer, I'm only going on what I read via google "compelled to decrypt"
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KodiacZiller
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said by Mchart:

NSA (Or any DoD agency for that matter) is bound by the law to not touch *anything* that has to do with any 'five eyes' citizens. The caveat to that is unless it has been legally deemed that said person is a threat to said national entities.

So while the NSA may or may not have the capabilities to crack your stuff - They can't. On top of that, i'm fairly certain they have bigger fish to fry.
There is controversy within the crypto community about what NSA can do. There's not much doubt they are several years ahead of the "rest of us" where cryptanalysis is concerned, but most expert cryptologists do not believe they can crack algorithms like RSA or AES. However, they can launch massive dictionary attacks, but that's easy to defend against (but most people probably don't since people tend to be lazy).

But you make a good point; whatever NSA's capabilities, it's highly unlikely that they would get involved in the first place, even if one were running a major criminal enterprise. They simply don't deal with anything that's not a threat to national security. We already know the FBI cannot break the public ciphers like RSA/AES since several past cases have illustrated their helplessness with cracking PGP and other crypto standards.

To the OP: the bottom line here is that it doesn't matter what e-mail provider you use if your data is not being encrypted end-to-end. I have explained why this is and how to do it in my previous posts. Don't rely on providers like Hushmail since they aren't well vetted.
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