Anonymous Remailers?

Previously I have demonstrated to you what a person with very little knowledge can find out about you just by knowing your Email address. Now it is obvious that to keep your privacy, you need to sign up for a free Email account (such as Hotmail [hotmail.com], Yahoo mail [mail.yahoo.com], ZDNet Mail [zdnetmail.com], Net @ddress [netaddress.com], Bigfoot [bigfoot.com] etc’). But what if you had a special Email address on a free server that automatically forwards all incoming Email to your real mailbox and keeps all the information discreet?
These are called Anonymous Remailers. Most of them are free and live out of contributions and/or sponsor banners they place on their website.
You can find many many Anonymous Remailers at http://www.theargon.com.

Here’s a good example for an Anonymous Remailer:
First, head to http://anon.isp.ee (by the way, the extension .ee stands for Estonia) and sign up your free account. Once you’re a registered user, send an Email to robot@anon.isp.ee with no subject and the following content:
user: your username
pass: your password
realaddr: your recipient’s Email address.
realsubj: the subject of your mail.
Example: if I want to send an anonymous mail containing the following:

Subject: ANONYMITY RULEZ!!
Hi.
This is an anonymous Email message.
Let’s see you trace me now!

to bgates@microsoft.com, and your username is user and your pass is pass, send the following Email to robot@anon.isp.ee (remember not to enter a subject):

user: user
pass: pass
realaddr: bgates@microsoft.com
realsubj: ANONYMITY RULEZ!!
Hi.
This is an anonymous Email message.
Let’s see you trace me now!

You’ll receive an Email notification from anon.isp.ee once your message has been delivered. Once your recipient will reply to this Email, the message will return to you.

You can also use web-based anonymous remailers such as Replay Associates , but it won’t let you receive replies.

Encryption?

Everyone can read your Email. Whether it’s some script kiddie who hacked your Hotmail account, a skilled cracker (or a script kiddie with a lot of free time) that hacked your POP3 mailbox or a person who got your Email by mistake. If you don’t want other people to read your Email, use PGP.
Everyone who uses PGP can have their own PGP key. A key consists of tons of characters, whether they are lowercase or uppercase letters, number or symbols. After you make your key, you need to transfer it to everyone you want to send encrypted mail to. Once they have it, you can start sending encrypted mail to them and they’ll be able to use your key to decrypt it.
Note: PGP is very strong and can only be broken with giant supercomputers. The longer your key is, the harder it is to break the encryption.

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