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I need web based email encryption for WIFI hotspots

Posted on 2007-08-05
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Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I frequently travel and have a laptop with which I use web based email from Yahoo. I am concerned after reading a few articles regarding the security of my email at WIFI hotspots. Is there a free program that I can install that will protect my web based email from being compromised? Any suggestions? Thank you, Ken
Question by:Bigripper1
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Well it should be sufficient for you are constantly connected via SSL (https://) to your web email account.

Those with https authentification and after that http (unsecured) access like with Gmail should be avoided at all costs when surfing via WIFI.

In that case you could use  an anonymizer with ssl support. That way you complete traffic is encrypted until it reaches the anonymizer proxy server, then it goes unsecured to the web mailer, but that should successfully prevent the WIFI owner / admin to sniff your email.

laptop <---https---> WIFI hotspot <---https---> anonymizer (w/ SSL) <----http---> web mailer

E.g. here


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Tolomir earned 1500 total points
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This might be more suitable for you:


It allows you to use yahoo mail encrypted with SSL.

But you have to sign up for the usage:

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The easiest and simplest solution to send emails encrypted is to use VSN Encrypt Managed Service. http://vsn.visus-it.com.
This service uses your Email address as your Public Key and unlike PKI systems you do not require the messing around with certificates. To send an encrypted email you are given 2 options, yo can either download the Outloo/Outlook Express plugin which gives you  a send secure button which will encrypt your email to an encryption equivalent standard of RSA 1024bit or you can use the Zero Download Manager Web Interface to send the email encrypted. The end user then has the choice to view the encrypted email through their Internet Browser or they can download the Outlook plugin to view it seemlessly within thir email client. The solution is simple and cheap with no administration overhead. A breath of fresh air!!

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