Essay on PGP as it is used today

Mark H. Wood mwood at
Mon Jul 22 22:00:54 CEST 2019

On Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 03:46:18PM +0000, Ryan McGinnis via Gnupg-users wrote:
>    [1]
>    â 3. Why is anyone using encrypted e-mail anymore, anyway? Reliably and
>    easily encrypting e-mail is an insurmountably hard problem for reasons
>    having nothing to do with today's announcement. If you need to
>    communicate securely, use Signal. If having Signal on your phone will
>    arouse suspicion, use WhatsApp.â

Depends on your threat model.  For mine, reliably and easily
encrypting email is almost absurdly simple:

1) Use PGP
2) Don't send secrets to people I don't trust to keep them.

Anyway, 99% of my PGP use is for the opposite of secrecy: I sign my
emails so that (if you care enough to install PGP) you can be highly
assured that they're from me.

Mark H. Wood
Lead Technology Analyst

University Library
Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis
755 W. Michigan Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
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