Email is 1970s technology, more like sending a postcard than a letter - anyone who sees it on it’s travels can read what you wrote. They can even change your message. Recently, I’ve started using ProtonMail - a secure email system - to get around this problem. Here’s what you need to know.
You receive an email from me, but there’s nothing there, just something that looks like this:
If it’s the first time you’ve received one of these messages, all you need to do is:
- click the “View Secure Message” button;
- enter the password (I’ll have sent you this separately);
- read the message (and reply if you want to by clicking the button).
There’s a full guide at https://protonmail.com/support/knowledge-base/secure-messages/ if you want to know more.
Normal email is 40 year old technology and not really fit for purpose. Fortunately, there’s a better way to send email, using encryption, but most email providers make encryption annoyingly difficult to use.
If you want to know more about email encryption, how it works, and why it matters, take a look at any of these links.
I use ProtonMail for my email. If you use ProtonMail too, then our emails are encrypted by default, which is awesome. If you don’t, then either you need to set up email encryption yourself (Windows, or Mac), or I can send you emails like the one that’s probably brought you here, wondering what it’s all about.
Or, you can sign-up for ProtonMail yourself.
Better still, you can contact me using the free, simple, secure Signal messenger.