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Use Signal? Here’s Why You Need CTemplar for Email Security
When you look for the most secure messaging platform, there is a clear standout: Signal. Signal provides complete end-to-end encryption that cannot be read by the platform or anyone else. But what about email security?
When was the last time that you did an evaluation of your email system’s security? Unless you are a system admin working for a large company and you run and configure your own email server, then it might not have been very recently.
The problem with email privacy is that it is a complex beast, particularly if you need a webmail solution. Typically, the big “encrypted” webmail providers, like Gmail, only encrypt over the wire, encrypting your email from your browser, sending over the network, then decrypting on their servers.
This is not a secure solution.
There are many reasons why people need to be conscious of email security.
- You may be sending important documents, like your sensitive business records, to a client
- You may live in a country where freedom of speech is not a protected right
- You may be a whistleblower
- You may simply object to your data being harvested
What does a secure email system look like?
Picking a secure email system is not just checking for that little padlock to see that your webpages are encrypted when using webmail.
Secure email systems ensure that no one can access the contents of your email. For maximum security, you should ensure they cannot peek at the metadata of your email, either – data like the To, From, and Timestamp fields.
A secure email system consists of:
- An anonymous signup that does not require personal details
- An anonymous method of payment for paid accounts, such as tumbled cryptocurrencies
- A strong password that is not the same or similar to any other accounts, nor based on personal details
- End-to-end encryption of emails, using open source technology
- Emails stored as encrypted files on the webmail server
- A provider that does not keep data (or linked IP) logs
- Stored in an encrypted form on your device(s) (if it is stored at all)
- A webmail server located in a jurisdiction which has a high level of user data protection and no agreements in place with other countries that would require disclosure of user data
- A business based in a location where governments do not actively spy on data
- Both of these locations should be out of the Five Eyes (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States), Nine Eyes (+ Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway), and Fourteen Eyes (+ Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden) intelligence alliances, as well as Israel and the EU, for maximum security with regards to information sharing
- An open source system, with the code readily available so there are no hidden back-doors
On your side a secure system should look like:
- Comprehensive anti-malware and anti-virus software on your device
- For a heightened level of privacy, use the Firefox browser with legitimate and verified (by security conscious people) privacy extensions and no “random” extensions, along with disabling of WebRTC within your browser
- Use a VPN that abides by the majority of the rules outlined for email security if you are using a regular web browser
- It is recommended you use the Tor browser via Tor on Tails for a very high level of internet privacy, along with Tor bridges for ultimate privacy
As you can see, there are a great many elements that go into website security. This list is not exhaustive by any means. The setup and configuration you use is entirely dependent on the trust and configuration of each product in the process. Once you have the right elements in place, you’ll be safe in the knowledge your email data is air-tight
Evaluate your secure email options carefully
When you are searching around for the most secure email system, whether for business or personal purposes, you will find a range of options available.
There have been numerous incidents over the years when people using supposedly private services have been dismayed to find out this is not actually the case. Take for instance Cody Kretsinger, a LulzSec hacker who found out the HideMyAss VPN wasn’t at liberty to hide his ass at all, due to a clause in the software regarding illegal activities. HideMyAss cooperated with the UK government and disclosed account information when a court order was served.
CTemplar is located in Iceland, home to the world’s most protective data privacy laws. Any governmental request for user data must process through an Icelandic legal system that champions internet privacy.
Why we built CTemplar
Digital security is extremely hard to implement unless you are a trained professional in the industry, able to build solutions yourself. We have cut out the hard work and built a service that you can put your trust in – without having to DIY. Take a look at our credentials and configuration to see the advantages of choosing us over a potentially “grey-area” competitor.