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The ways we communicate in the digital age have changed a great deal from how tools for communication were used before the Internet. Communications that used to take days or weeks to arrive by post years ago are now sent instantly via email. There is no doubt that our lives and work have become simplified and more efficient in many ways thanks to all these technological developments. However, navigating the number of different tools and platforms for communications can be intimidating and overwhelming, on top of which there are many considerations to be made to protect privacy and ensure your communications are done securely.

Email: Every email message you send across the Internet can be intercepted and be subjected to information harvesting, or have its content modified. Fortunately there are tools that can be used to provide verification and encryption of your email and its contents.

  • ProtonMail, with its secure servers in Switzerland, allows for several levels of security. Email between users of ProtonMail stays within a protected encrypted environment from sending to receiving. ProtonMail also provides a mechanism for sending secure email between users of ProtonMail and those who use different email applications.
    ProtonMail is easy to set up, is web based, with apps for Android and iOS devices
  • OpenPGP is an email encryption protocol that uses an open email encryption standard. It is available across major operating systems. In order to communicate using OpenPGP both sender and receiver need to have valid public keys which have been exchanged, or found in a key server, before communicating.
    • Enigmail is an integrated OpenPGP add-on for the Mozilla Thunderbird mailing software. It facilitates the use of OpenPGP. Mozilla Thunderbird is available for most operating systems.