Friday, 23 September 2005

A cornucopia of e-mail privacy

David McGregor from Sovereign Consulting has the tips on enhancing your email privacy:

If it's not spammers that are using your email address for nefarious means, it could be a commercial competitor, a personal foe, or worse, the bureaucratic monster known as the "state", who are keen to know what you are up to.

There are many ways to increase your online email privacy - including ways to beat the spammers. Choosing the right email service to achieve this depends on what your particular needs are.

Are you concerned with keeping your email safe from prying eyes? Are you more concerned with not giving out your email address - for fear of being targeted by spammers? Or are you mostly concerned with covering your tracks, and hiding the origin of your email?

Options exist which can assist you in any or all of these requirements - and the list of email privacy services below will give you a starting point to explore what is out there.

All the sites listed below offer various forms of email privacy - from encrypted email, anonymous email and secured email. Take a look - and take your pick! - anonymous email and ability to manipulate headers. - browser-based PGP encrypted email. - instant disposable email accounts, which are disabled after a few hours. Ideal for beating the spammers. - another disposable email service, where you can define the "life" of the email address. - ssl-secured email, ideal for groups who want to communicate within the same server, but do not require encryption. - spam-free, encrypted email service. - anonymous, encrypted email service, which can be paid for via e-gold to enhance privacy. - anonymous, stealth and self-destructing messages. - anonymous and fake email with hidden IP address. - anonymous, secure email with hidden IP address, run from servers in Malaysia. - free, anonymous email. - anonymous email with ability to create unlimited email aliases. - secure, anonymous email service based offshore. - the "grandaddy" of email privacy solutions, allowing users of PGP to encrypt email from their existing email software.


  1. This is totally unrelated, but I have two questions for you.

    Firstly, do libertarians, or the Libertarianz, believe that there is such thing as a 'public good'. If not, then why do they say that they will provide an army, police force, and judicial system? Why not privatise? If so, then what is it that excludes, say, the public provision of health from being a 'public good'.

    That was the first question (turned out to be several). The second question centers around Ayn Rand and Objectivism, and libertarianism more generally. It seems to me that the Libertarianz stress individuals a lot (which is fine and to be expected, given the background of the party), while not talking about what will be the effects of no welfare provision other than individual liberty. Is this because you're a political party, and "voluntary charity" sounds nicer than "beggars in the street", or is there some other reason?

    Both of those questions probably sounded quite pugnacious... whereas they really were not. Cheers.

  2. If I may,

    The economic premise of 'public good' relates to market failure and this, indeed, is refuted by libertarians in all cases. Free trading individuals can always harmonise their disparate interests in a free market- there is no need for state intervention into the free market under the guise of 'public goods'. Authority need only provide law and mussle to safeguard the free market, ie to ensure private property rights- ergo army, coppers, legislature and judiciary.

    In respect to your second line of inquiry, Kiwi libertarians are not utopian fortune-tellers. You choose your own goals and define your own happiness. What the people will do with them once the sources of happiness are closer within reach is not for "we politicians" to say. Neither what shape that happiness will take, nor what industries will be most rewarded, who will be disposed most to being charatable, nor who will be most in need of 'charity' as we know it.

    Chew that over, you pugnacious son of a bitch.


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