Email or electronic mail is still one of the main communication tool for global business and personal problems. Ensure the privacy and security of e-mail is very important, as seen in the recent news that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s use of government mail services.
Email significantly less secure than we thought, said analysts.
Fraud scheme, Trojan horses, and other injection just some of the many ways in the email continues to prove itself easily disturbed.
To that end, a team of scientists created ProtonMail which, although not entirely immune to interference, providing advanced encryption tools or encoding that can be used even by inexperienced users.
“Many of us probably do not think there was anything in the mail. But if we see emails for a year, or perhaps a lifetime, collectively, it shows a lot of things,” said Andy Yen, one of the creators ProtonMail in conference presentations TED recently.
“Emails that shows where we are, who we meet, and in many ways, even what we think. And the more scary part about this is that the data we are now able to last long, more enduring than we are, “he added.
Over the decades, the basic structure of the email remains the same as when it was first dikembagkan by researchers in the early 1980s, long before the doubling of today’s cyber threats.
In those days, the priority is how a message sent by a person can be read by others. Privacy is not an issue, so the email, even to this day, was built mostly to let anyone in the chain of data to read the message.
While it is true that some tools allow users to create their email encryption, it is often time-consuming and difficult to use.
Together with his colleagues Wei Sun and Jason Stockman from the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), Andy Yen decided to create an email system that allows a very private setting. The result is ProtonMail – referring to their research to split atoms with pestle atomLarge Hadron Collider.
“Following the recognition of Edward Snowden, a lot of us in the community CERN scientists felt compelled to take action because there is currently no good solution for email encryption,” said Yen.
“Because we realized that if we do not fight for privacy, no one will do it for us.”
Key Holder
Which makes ProtonMail different from other service emails is where messages are created password and who holds the key.
Many major email services, like Gmail, already makes encryption of email content when entering the cloud system. But they also hold the key to break the code.
It means that the e-mails are not encrypted in Google’s servers and can be requested by a government that wants to analyze email content, without notice to the owner.
Messages ProtonMail encryption used directly on the user’s computer, and send it to the user during Protonmail other users, the message did not exist on the Internet in a form that is not password.
The ProtonMail users can also, if desired, create a password to their messages to the users of non-ProtonMail use “symmetric key,” or special phrase privately transmitted sender to the recipient.
Additionally, ProtonMail using a double lock system, one public and the other private.
Model “zero access” of this kind means that emails are stored on the server ProtonMail entirely in encrypted form and can not be solved by anyone including ProtonMail, only by users.
ProtonMail servers installed in Switzerland, the government probably has the highest level of privacy protection in the world.
But Yen reminded that ProtonMail not immune disorders.
“ProtonMail, like other security systems is not a magic bullet, because nothing is 100 percent secure,” he said.
Although ProtonMail will help create personalized email communications and private business, the company stressed that email communications are basically vulnerable.
“If you are Edward Snowden, or Edward Snowden next, and facing life and death situations, we do not recommend the use of ProtonMail,” wrote one article in a company blog.
“For situations that are very sensiti, not a good idea to use email as a communication medium.”
Increasing trend encryption “access-zero” has alarmed some American law enforcement agencies and the UK.
FBI chief James Comey, recently warned that the increasing use of encryption makes “bad guys” are outside the reach of intelligence. Encryption, he said, threatened to bring us into “a very dark place.”
But for Yen, encryption helps “good people” and that evil and thinks, there are far more good people than bad people in cyberspace today.
“The argument for monitoring is always just that ‘terrorists will kill your kids’,” he said. “But the loss of privacy also cause harm.”
“If the corporation or the government have access to all of our private data, we give them great power over our lives,” he said.
“We see this trend in other countries at this time such as Russia, Iran, or Syria where to even speak out against the government is something that is impossible … In many ways, privacy and freedom go hand in hand.”
Source: VOA Indonesia