I recently wrote a review for ProtonMail, an encrypted email provider based in Switzerland. And that led to me thinking, why would your average user want to use encrypted emails. And how would they even go about it.

I personally use encrypted email for a number of reasons, I’m probably more security conscious than your average user due to my background, but this also means I regularly explain the reasons why encryption and cyber security are important to people I meet in everyday life.

Protect Personal or Sensitive Information

One of the main advantages to using encrypted email is that it can protect your personal information from being accessed or stolen. This could be anything from medical history to your social security number. With identity theft being as wide spread as it is, any effort to protect information that you might have no other option than to send is important.

Another example of this could be in regards to a business and not just a sole user. If for example your company has just created a new product or is about to file for a patent, you don’t want that information to be easy to intercept or steal.

Government Monitoring

It is no secret that government agencies such as GCHQ and the NSA  snoop on our digital lives, this could be from reading emails to tracking what web-pages you have visited. And for the most part this is completely harmless unless you feel it to be a invasion of your privacy. They would need a warrant to wire tap your house, so what makes your digital life any different.

 

Best way to encrypt emails –

  • ProtonMail
    • Swiss based email provider, that offers encrypted emails. Check out my review Here
  • Secure Swiss Data
    • Swiss based email provider, that offers encrypted emails.
  • PGP Key
    • Combined a PGP key with the Thunderbird email client and you are able to achive encrypted emails that will be slightly more secure than using a servise such as the others listed abover
  • Tutanota Mail
    • Another Encrypted email servcie, Review will be coming soon

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