Saturday, November 9, 2013

Privacy in mail

"The biggest problem with communication is the illusion that really has been achieved"

George Bernard Shaw´s quote serves as a beginning for the article on Saturday, focused on the importance of communication, and of course, the digital medium. Because speak about Internet communication is to speak of email, the evolution of physical mail has earned a well deserved place as the channel choice for professional communications.

A means that today more than ever is at stake, with the Lavabit and Silent Circle closing, after harassment by the U.S. government to give access to data. Two of the most popular services for email encryption and secured the privacy of communications, and were the way of communication for activists and whistleblowers as Snowden.

Two companies now join in Mail Dark Alliance Foundation, a group whose aim is to develop an Open Source tool to democratize secure mail services, using a new protocol and point to point encryption, and whose project is a success on Kickstarter, one of the most popular platforms for crowdfunding.

An open architecture that is criticized by Moxie Marlinspike, a renowned computer security researcher, precisely one of the key design points of Dark Mail. The safety of this new project depends largely on the security of its servers, because the keys of each user needed to access mail are hosted on the server of the company (under a password, yes), and not safe in user devices. A weakness to be studied, and which will result in a more sophisticated product with the community that there are about.

While the project succeeds, and waiting for an initial version, is a pleasure to know that eGarante, a service born in Spain whose purpose is to obtain certification of invoices and communications made by email with full legal value, is been awarded by ENISE as “Best Cybersecurity Entrepreneurship at Enterprise”. A tool that adds a security layer in our negotiations, totally innovative and valuable for any freelance, SME or large company.

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