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[liberationtech] Enlocked, secure email extension?

Brian Conley brianc at
Tue Aug 14 10:39:18 PDT 2012

Anyone seen this yet?

"About Us
We created Enlocked to address an important gap in security -- most email
today is sent entirely in the open, preventing users from being able to
send important confidential information, or if they do send it, putting
that data at risk.

While systems exist for encrypting email at the corporate level, they
require significant resources (both financial and technical) to implement,
leaving the individual user or small business with few options.

By making email encryption SIMPLE and FREE, Enlocked allows everyone to
safely send and receive secure emails, from whatever devices and email
systems they use.

Founded in 2011 by a team of information technology and security veterans,
Enlocked is quickly becoming the solution of choice for users concerned
with protecting their private email messages."

The Risk to e-mail
When you send an email, the message is sent in clear text, readable by
anyone with access to the servers along the way – or by anyone monitoring
network traffic. We all rely on e-mail to communicate with colleagues,
service providers, partners, friends and family. Most of the time, this
information would be of little value to someone intercepting the message.
But, occasionally, you probably send a message that contains sensitive

   - Account numbers, passwords, financial details
   - Personal information such as medical records
   - Undisclosed business details, for example future products, pricing,
   legal contracts, etc.

To prevent hackers from reading sensitive email, corporations and
governments encrypt their messages. But, these systems are difficult to set
up, and are often expensive, putting them out of reach of most individuals
and even small businesses. And frequently, these systems work only on one
platform (for example, your PC), and leave you with email you can't read
when you need it on your smartphone.
You may think that with all the e-mail traversing the web, the likelihood
of someone actually reading your private message is pretty low. But, the
reality is that the bad guys are not trying to read everything, they have 3
primary ways to target sensitive information:

   1. By focusing on messages to/from sites they know are likely to be
   sending or receiving valuable data, they only need to analyze a small slice
   of the total traffic
   2. Using automated filtering techniques, they can search this traffic
   for likely patterns that match data they are interested in (16-digit credit
   cards or 3-2-4 format for social security numbers, for example) or keywords
   (password, login, confidential, etc.
   3. Using social engineering or brute force password hacking methods,
   they can break into your email account, and search your read/archived
   messages or sent folder for private information sent or received in the


Brian Conley

Director, Small World News

m: 646.285.2046

Skype: brianjoelconley

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