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I use AOL and find that even if I want to, I can't encrypt emails. I think I need to have a POP3 type of email and use a program like Outlook, etc to make that work. Is it easy to do? Any good or bad experiences with email encryption?

Thanks,
Mike
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you could use gmail, free POP3 service.

Use thunderbird and GPG to provide encryption.
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I use AOL and find that even if I want to, I can't encrypt emails. I think I need to have a POP3 type of email and use a program like Outlook, etc to make that work. Is it easy to do? Any good or bad experiences with email encryption?

I am a firm believer that all e-mails, not just sensitive ones, should be encrypted. If only sensitive e-mails are encrypted, the bad guys will have an automatic flag telling them which ones would be the most profitable to crack. Now if even laundry lists, card catalogs, etc., are encrypted, they will waste most of their time.

But no one I know of even digitally signs their e-mail. Many people are paranoid about security, but fail to take even this simple step to increase it.

Now I do not use AOL. I do not see why you need POP3 e-mail to encrypt stuff. In fact, POP-3 is how one can receive e-mail. If you do that, you probably use SMTP to send it. But IMAP is another popular e-mail protocol and none of these should care about the content of the e-mail, just the form.

I normally use gnupg to sign and encrypt e-mail (when using /bin/mail or mutt on Linux),

http://www.gnupg.org/

and when I want to point and click, I add enigmail to Thunderbird.

http://enigmail.mozdev.org/

I do not know if you can use any of these with AOL, but if you have a real e-mail server, or run your own (I use sendmail as MTA), you can use these.
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JeanDavid,

Informative and thorough as usual.
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You can (and I have) send encrypted emails with AOL.

You just need to place the content of your message in an encrypted attachment.

I highly recommend the excellent PGP, which will allow you to encrypt attachments, and integrates directly with popular mail clients to encrypt messages directly.

PGP is available for multiple OS platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), and in both commercial and open-source versions.

According to Wikipedia it is "thought to be the most widely chosen quality cryptographic system."
Source; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretty_Good_Privacy
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