Do you think email is secure? I am getting the impression there's a big
fallacy regarding the privacy of email. Some apparently lesser known
1. Internet email generally has no encryption, either of the mail itself
or the communication between servers.
2. Email usually hops across a few dozen servers (routers and switches
usually, devices people can log into and control) and a few mail servers
to get to where it's going.
3. Email is usually stored in plain text on servers, allowing staff and
crackers easy access.
There is some good news though. On many servers, you can at least
encrypt your own communications between you and your server. And there
is an end-to-end method of encrypting email using extremely hard to
crack encryption. GNU Privacy Guard is a
free program that allows you to send mail using conventionally
uncrackable encryption algorithms. It's not impossible to defeat but
it requires computer power few people have access to. I would say it
is the only way available to securely send Internet email.