Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/187961/why-no-one-uses-encrypted-email-messages/
With so much concern about government surveillance, corporate espionage, and everyday identity theft, it may seem surprising that so few people use encrypted email messages. Try using encrypted email and you’ll find it to be difficult and complicated to use.
I never use email for anything I would not want someone else other than the recipient to see. Eliminates all security concerns. For personal communication I might use email once per month. Am not a big fan of email.
To say Mozilla has stopped development in Thunderbird is misleading. It is the finished article that has gone as far as it can at present. There are regular security updates and new features added and there is no talk of it being discontinued.Mozilla is giving its full attention to Firefox on its different platforms.
Actually, if you work in a corporate environment, encrypting an email is just a matter of clicking one button. PGP + Outlook is totally UNcomplicated.
The only thing (as an end user) you have to set up is to load other people's public keys on your keychain, but even that is automated if both companies use a public key server.
That doesn't mean we don't need a better way for the average person to encrypt email... I'd like to see client-side GPG incorporated in to webmail solutions like GMail and Office 360. The GPG code could be run in the Chrome native client or in a client-side plugin (like LastPass does with your passwords), and public keys can be hosted on standard key exchange servers. Doing that would make the process about as transparent as it gets.
For now... GPG is pretty simple to use once you understand what a keychain is and how to create and share encryption keys. (All of this is point & click.) While I never use GPG for transmitting messages, I do use it for attachments.
For 90% of the public, this is really never a concern, but for those who work in industries where privacy is an issue, knowing how to use these tools is essential.
For something really confidential I just RAR text files and password protect that.
Virtually all government email is able to be encrypted and is done so with the click of one button in Outlook, the use of CAC and/or PIV for access and authentication on DoD, VA and other government equipment makes this a very streamlined process.
That's about as secure as putting a sticker on it that says "don't read me."
Why not use Postbox? It's a Thunderbird fork and even has the Enigmail add-on.
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