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FreeEnigma – webmail encryption extension for Firefox

Big thanks to  to iSpider.pl for pointing me towards FreeEnigma, a Firefox extension which can encrypt/decrypt webmail messages on the fly:

FreeEnigma brings cryptography to webmail, with an ingenious set of free and open browser plug-ins that work with Yahoo, Gmail, and others. The plugins implement a version of GPG (the free/open version of Pretty Good Privacy) and scramble and de-scramble the text in your webmail before you send it and after you receive it, reducing the amount of information that webmail providers have on your communications.

Those who know me know that I am a big proponent of encryption. My reasons are mainly philosophical. Email is normally sent in plain-text, which means anyone between the sender and the recipient can read that email. Add in the fact that our current administration seems to truly believe it is legal to snoop on all communication within and without this country, and you have the possibility for a very bad situation. Encrypting email might make using email a little more difficult, but it is worth it to help enhance one’s privacy.

FreeEnigma is currently doing a roll-out by invitiation. If you are interested, you can sign up for an invite on their website.

7 Deadly Sins of Email

Tetsou’s article regarding the “7 Deadly Sins of Email amused me, because I am guilty of at least a couple of the sins. Email is not my strong point. I prefer to stay in touch with people via email, but I am notoriously bad at actually replying to email. So the seventh sin

7. Failure to respond in a timely fashion
I was recently sent an email from an Internet consultant who wanted to buy a domain name from me. I wasn’t using the name at the time and promptly replied that I would be willing to sell at a reasonable price. Several days went by and I heard nothing back. I checked my email account to ensure that everything was working fine, which it was. After a few weeks, I came to the conclusion that the consultant had rejected my offer and so I sold the name on. Imagine my surprise when I heard back from the consultant agreeing to the price! I regretfully informed him that he had missed the boat. Avoid this sin by being diligent and responding to client and customer emails in a prompt and timely fashion. Your customers will thank you for the courtesy.

For anyone who’s sent me an email, then gotten annoyed because two or three months have passed and I haven’t answered, fear not! I will answer your email. Eventualy. I don’t think I’ve ever gone a year without answering an email. But I’ve definitely come close.

Yahoo! Mail beta

ScreenshotGet in on the Yahoo! Mail Beta right now! Download Squad has step-by-step directions for forcing your way into the Yahoo! Mail beta:

Been dying to try the new AJAXed-out Yahoo! Mail Beta? Well it turns out it only takes a few simple steps to switch your Yahoo! Mail account over to the new hotness.

It actually is just as easy as the article makes it sound. In less than five minutes, I was in on the beta, as you can see from the screenshot above. I’ve just spent a few minutes testing out the new Yahoo! Mail, and I am quite impressed. One note: If you use Linux, you’ll get a warning that Yahoo! hasn’t tested Mail Beta in Linux yet, and can’t guarantee that it’ll work. But it’s working flawlessly for me in Ubuntu (Breezy) using Firefox 1.5.0.2.

Profile picI am a 40-ish uber-geek, Daoist and family man. Blessed to have one incredible wife and three wonderful kiddos. Dao has been kind to me.

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