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| "Setting up S/MIME email encryption" ::                [2013-08-08 08:19AM] |
|                                                      author: Jeremy Malcolm |
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| There are at most three simple steps to encrypting your email with S/MIME:  |
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| 1. Sign up here to create a free encryption certificate that is stored in   |
| your Web browser.                                                           |
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| 2. Export the certificate out of your browser and import it into your       |
| email program. Here are some instructions on that, with more detail about   |
| the importation part here. This step is the only fiddly one, and you can    |
| skip it if your Web browser and email program share the same certificate    |
| store, as do Internet Explorer and Outlook, Safari and Mail.app, and        |
| Firefox and Thunderbird.                                                    |
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| 3. Send me your first digitally signed test message (the previous link      |
| tells you how if you get stuck). I'll let you know whether it worked, and   |
| will reply with an encrypted test message of my own. If you are an          |
| existing contact of mine I'll also donate 0.1 Bitcoins to a charity of      |
| your choice to thank you for your valuable time.                            |
|                                                                             |
| Why would you do this?  (You can stop reading here if you have a short      |
| attention span.)                                                            |
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| It has been more than seven years since I last blogged about encrypting     |
| your email, but there are still only about two people who do that with me.  |
| As we now all know, this means that copies of our correspondence will most  |
| likely be intercepted and stored by the NSA, and that is an infringement    |
| of our right to privacy.                                                    |
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| So from today if you don't encrypt your email, I'm going to gently remind   |
| you about what you can do about it, by linking to this page, which tells    |
| you how you can protect our email correspondence by taking only about 10    |
| minutes of your time.                                                       |
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| You have to make a choice between installing an encryption certificate on   |
| your own computer, or using a hosted service like Hushmail. Since today's   |
| closure of the Lavabit hosted service, the risks of that option should be   |
| quite apparent, so I don't recommend it.                                    |
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| You next have to decide between two methods of email encryption: S/MIME or  |
| PGP. S/MIME is easier because it is built in to most email software, so     |
| that is the option that I described in the three steps above.               |
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| On the other hand S/MIME requires you to place your trust in a certificate  |
| authority (CA), rather than in your friends, so you may prefer to take the  |
| extra time to set up PGP instead (or in addition). I have written a         |
| separate note about that.                                                   |
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