Your privacy is important, and even if you’re not concerned with government spying (which doesn’t even require a warrant) or corporate tracking (which you may have unwittingly opted into when you signed up for free email), there are several good reasons to make sure that you secure and encrypt your sensitive communications.
While big government agencies and companies looking to sell you advertising are the first things that come to mind when most people think of internet privacy, they’re by no means the only parties interested in your personal data, and you shouldn’t behave like they are. It’s the more mundane threats and issues that are likely to ruin your day.
Between the ongoing password breaches and the NSA looking in on everything you do, you’ve probably got privacy on the mind lately. If you’re looking for a little personal privacy in your communications with friends and loved ones, or you just want to trust that the documents you email to your accountant or client aren’t being intercepted and read, you’ll need to encrypt those messages.
Bank statements, contracts, confidentiality agreements or non-disclosure forms, job offers, financial records, medical histories, lab test results; these are all just a few types of information that should—and in many cases are legally required—to stay private. Beyond that, the argument that using security tools somehow invites scrutiny plays to people’s fears and encourages them to do nothing.
It’s not the government or a big tech company that will take advantage of that fear and complacency either, it’s the common identity thief, a spear-phisher looking for something they can use or sell, or someone sniffing packets on public Wi-Fi for the sake of curiosity.
Thankfully, edu-email offers every client encrypted email keys for keeping their email content secure and private!
Please note that in order to send encrypted emails, you’ll also need associates who also utilizes PGP, since you’ll have to exchange public keys with them to make sure they can read your encrypted messages.
How to setup your public and private keys: