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Stop Using Encrypted Email
This is very persuasive and I'd have to agree.
Email is unsafe and cannot be made safe. The tools we have today to encrypt email are badly flawed. Even if those flaws were fixed, email would remain unsafe. Its problems cannot plausibly be mitigated.


Key point: this isn't (just) about PGP or SMTP, it's email as a whole system:
The least interesting problems with encrypted email have to do with PGP. [...] But that’s a whole other argument. Even after we replace PGP, encrypted email will remain unsafe. Here's why:

If messages can be sent in plaintext, they will be sent in plaintext.

Metadata is as important as content, and email leaks it.

Every archived message will eventually leak.

Every long term secret will eventually leak.
cryptography  security  email  pgp  smtp  flaws  metadata  crypto 
6 weeks ago by jm

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