posted on Oct, 27 2014 @ 04:57 PM
originally posted by: aussiefly
So what advantage does startmail have over using a open PGP service yourself. Seems like the encryption would only be able to be used when emailing
others who have public keys...so in other words not many ppl. Good idea...but how safe does it really make your emails.
It's mostly their supposed refusal to respond to any requests for your email contents or access to it that interests me. Open PGP options are great,
but ultimately your mail is still in a storage group from a company that, at least in the U.S., is either already giving information at request to
government agencies or has backdoors for them to access it.*
The Startmail terms and conditions state that they refuse any third party company or foreign government requests for information or access to your
mailstores; and will only respond to a request legally issued from the Dutch government, and only after it's been reviewed by their legal team.
This should, coupled with their additional statements about not screening email for content and employees having no access to your mailboxes, should
be a very secure email option. Not just from a mailing standpoint but from a Big Brother aspect.**
The individual emails can also have a single-key Q&A placed in them so that if you send it to someones non-secure account, they would have to know the
answer. It's not a super strong solution, but it's a nice touch if you want to send communication that is secured but still "easy" for it's
intended, non-techy, recipient to open.
*If you don't believe in Snowden's reveals or don't mind the Google oversight then really it's not a big deal. Google mail and its competitors
work just fine day to day.
**One can make the argument it's too late to hide anything or secure your habits, but that's just not true. You can always make changes to reduce
your visible footprint going forward, and that is always a good thing.