Gmail’s free POP access uses SSL!

YAY! I’m paranoid. But you know what, that’s good when considering computers and today’s world. So when I learned that Road Runner offers no real protection against network-sniffers, I stopped using my @nyc.rr.com email account almost immediately. I moved everything to my own server, which uses SSL over both POP and SMTP traffic to protect …

GPGMail with Fink’s GPG Port

I have been using Mozilla Thunderbird as my default (and only) email client application on my Windoze laptop for a while now. (It’s far better for email than Outlook in just about every way.) I’ve also been using the Enigmail encrypted email extension. I’ve even been able to get my mother into using it to …

No Need to be Greedy to get Security

A short while ago my brother asked me if there was some way he could get to his home computer from his College dorm. This isn’t such a huge technical problem as it is a security concern. His home computer was essentially the family computer. It has games, pictures, a music library, and lots of …

A Conversation About Email Security with Road Runner

Yesterday I was having a bunch of fun playing with SSH tunnels. While I was at it, I glanced over at Thunderbird when it beeped at me, signifying I had new mail. That’s when I realized that I hadn’t yet taken the time to secure any POP3 or SMTP traffic travelling from my local machines. …

I’m scared of Spyware

On Sunday I went to my mother’s for a chance to get new sneakers (tax-free!) and to help out with the computer situation there. My brother is headed to college in a week which means that my mother will be alone with two Windows computers in the house. One of my main concerns, which I …