Sunday, May 25, 2014

E-mail security (CSE Department @ LAQSHYA)

E-mail security
Most people don’t have CBI/IB sniffing through their personal emails, but people grossly underestimate how transparent their digital communications have become.
Anyone can read your emails because its so easy to do. What people realize is that hacking and spying went main stream a decade ago.
To secure your email
1.      Hide your location
v  You can mask your IP address using TOR (TOOL).
v  You can also use a virtual private network which adds a layer of security to public Wi-Fi networks.
v  Email providers like Google and yahoo keep login records, which reveal IP addresses, for 18 months during which they can easily be asked for data legally.
v  A letter on the letterhead of DCP/SP of the police to network service providers can reveal lot of individual data.
2.      Go off the record
v  At bare minimum, choose, “off the record” feature on Google talk, Google instant messaging client, which ensures that nothing  typed is saved or searchable in either person’s Gmail account.
3.      Encrypt your messages
v  Email encryption services like GPG, help protect digital secrets from eavesdroppers without an encryption key, any message stored in an inbox, or reached from cloud, with look like gibberish.
v  Wickr, a mobile app, performs a similar service for smart phones.
4.      Set your self-destruct timer
v  Services like 10 minute mail allows users to open an Email addresses and send a message, and the address self-destructs 10 minutes later.
v  Wickr also allows users to set a self destruct timer for mobile communications.
5.      Don’t mess-up
v  It is hard to pull of one of these steps let alone all of them all the time. It takes just one mistake forgetting to use TOR, leaving your encryption keys. Where someone can find them, connecting to an airport  Wi-Fi just once to ruin you.
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CSE Departement
LAQSHYA Institute of Technology & Sciences             

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