Category: Encryption

Revealing the Secrets of Email Encryption

posted in encryption on 19 Dec. 2011

Do you know how modern email protection works?
Not really? You are not alone.

For a simple picture of email encryption most people think of a box in which they place their message that can be locked with a single key. Once the message is in the box and the box is locked, it can safely be handed over to someone (the mailserver) taking care of the transport to the intended recipient. This simple picture is not too bad because, in a way, that's what happens. But on the other hand this picture is fundamentally misleading to understand how email encryption really works. In other words, the reality is different.