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Encrypt your emails to make them private

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A lot of people are concerned about privacy issues these days and they wonder what people and companies do with the information they collect. Could it be used for illegal purposes, identity theft, spying, and so on?

There are lots of measures you can take to ensure your privacy and encrypting your emails is one place to start. If no-one but the recipient can read the message you have sent, then that's one less security leak.

There is more than one way to encrypt emails so that no-one can eavesdrop on them, but here is one simple method. All you need to do is to agree on a password with the recipient before you send it.

A really easy way to hide the contents of email messages is to encrypt them so that they appear to be gibberish to anyone without the password. Just go to http://infoencrypt.com in your web browser and type your email message into the large box near the bottom of the page. Enter a password below and then click the Encrypt button. The message is scrambled and a link to the website is added in plain text.

Click in the box and press Ctrl+A followed by Ctrl+C. This copies the encrypted text to the clipboard and then you can create a new email message in your email software or web mail and select Edit, Paste to insert the scrabled code.

To read the message the recipient of the email must copy the text by clicking and dragging the mouse over it, then press Ctrl+C. They can then visit the same website (it's included in the email), click in the box and press Ctrl+V to paste it in. They enter the password (you and the recipient agree on one before you send a message), and click the Decrypt button. The email can then be read.

It's a lot simpler than it sounds and there are alternative services like Steganos FreeCrypt.