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by: Carol~ August 9, 2013 10:52 AM PDT

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NEWS - August 09, 2013

by Carol~ Moderator - 8/9/13 10:52 AM

Secure webmail service Lavabit suspends operation, citing legal issues

If you're interested in webmail security, you've probably heard of Lavabit.

It's a boutique webmail provider based in Texas, USA.

Lavabit differs from the big cloud email players, such as and Gmail, by using encryption a bit differently.

It uses public key cryptography not only when you view your messages in your browser (that's the https:// part in the URL), but also when it stores your messages on its servers.

Public key cryptography, secretly invented by the British in the early 1970s under the mildly confusing moniker of NSE (non-secret encryption), uses two keys, not one, to secure your data. Anyone can lock a file for you to read later, using your public key. You may publish this key openly. But only you can unlock the file, using your private key. As the name implies, this is the one you keep to yourself.

What that means is that the contents of your messages aren't just encrypted on Lavabit's disks so that they are protected from abuse if someone steals the servers.

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Encrypted Communications Service Goes Silent
Snowden's email provider, Lavabit, shutters citing legal pressure
Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit shuts down under gag order

After Lavabit shutdown, another encrypted e-mail service closes
Lavabit And Silent Circle Shut Down Email Services Over US Surveillance Fears
After Lavabit, Silent Circle also shuts down email service

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