Email security

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When communicating with other people by email boylovers who care about privacy should be concerned about , to avoid email content being intercepted, and anonymity, to avoid transmitting your home IP in the email headers or leaving logs in the email server that you are using. Main email providers like Yahoo, Gmail and Outlook are the worst choices of email services for a boylover, not only those services have a backdoor for the NSA to read your email in real time, as proven by Snowden papers, but they also contain filtering.

When you upload an image to Gmail, Yahoo or Outlook the attachment will be automatically scanned to detect if it is child pornography [1]. The scanning of your messages, besides being a privacy violation, do not guarantee that any of your images will be flagged by mistake as child pornography by Gmail, if this were to happen, a report is automatically submitted to the CyberTipline working with the FBI or Interpol, by the time the error has been fixed, your social life would have already been ruined.

Boylovers should also have into account that email services offering encryption of your messages, only work if the receiver has an account with the same email provider as you. While this is very accommodating and easy, the chances of everybody using the same email provider are slim.

Those who are paranoid about security should learn how PGP works and their email with PGP before sending it. The downside, is that the person receiving your message will have to know how PGP works too and have the software installed, if you are not ready to do this, then convince your friend to switch his email account to one of the secure services below so that you both can have end to end encryption without having to do anything.

Free secure email

Tutanota.com: Company in Germany offering free email with encryption and minimal logs.

Unseen.is: Company in Iceland offering free email and chat services with and minimal logs.

VFEmail.net: Company in the USA, PGP email with anonymous sign up and accessible using Tor.

ProtonMail.com: Company in Switzerland offering free email with and minimal logs.

Safe-mail.net: Company in Israel, server in Japan, offers free email (limit 3MB storage -- paid account gives more storage), can function with javascript disabled and while using the Tor browser bundle] Read these instructions first: E-mail, no javascript, use with Tor browser NOTE: Their policies may have changed as they were harassed by the U.S. government. Please check their site for latest information.

About Hushmail

According to Hushmail privacy policy[2] deleting your account will not delete records of your activities, the company textually says: 3. The records we keep of your activities are permanently deleted after approximately 18 months.

Any email company keeping logs for as long as Hushmail does should never be used and them being based in Canada can be a problem too. The only way to trust a company not to hand over your data is when they make it impossible for their own staff to read the data, this is not the case with Hushmail.

Disposable Email

The following email addresses come in handy for when you want to register in a forum and all you need is to receive the welcome email where a link has to be clicked on. These email addresses are not secure but they do not need registration and if combined with a Proxy and VPN can provide low or medium level privacy.

You should bear in mind that if forum accounts are approved manually, it can take days for you to receive a welcome email, by then, the disposable address you have created will no longer exist and many times the domain name of the address gives away that it is a disposable email.

These addresses are best used for forums set to automatic registration. Disposable email provides no privacy and they can be read by everybody, make sure to pick a random username.

Discard: No registration needed, disposable email address that can be read in desktop and mobile devices. Emails deleted after 30 days.

GuerrillaMail: Disposable address without registration needed, it can also be used reply to messages.

TrashMail: Forwarding address, you create an email address that can be used to forward messages to a different email.

Countermail: Company in Sweden that can be paid in Bitcoins, they offer encrypted email, Jabber messenger and no logs.

Posteo: Company in Germany, servers encrypted, minimum logs and payments not connected to email accounts.

Torguard: Company in Panama, their email service is free if you pay for a VPN account, or you can buy it separately.

Blocked servers

  • It is believed that both Fastmail and Hushmail have blocked Free Spirits domains.

References

  1. http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/04/google-gives-child-pornography-email-evidence-to-police/
  2. https://www.hushmail.com/privacy/