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Services like Hushmail offer PGP email integrated into their systems. Hushmail is even HIPAA compliant. Health care providers can use it to communicate patient health information. They also offer free accounts. The iOS Mail app that comes standard with any iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch can be configured to use Hushmail.
The free account requires you to login at least once in three weeks, or it will be disabled. They charge a fee to enable deactivated accounts.
Hushmail also offers corporate email services, so you can use their services with your corporation’s domain. This gives the professional user secure email, while preserving corporate identity.
Hushmail has garnered some criticism. They will not protect your private emails if you are suspected to be involved in criminal activity. They have handed over several emails to federal prosecutors. Hushmail is not perfectly secure. During the encryption process, there is a small window of opportunity for hackers. Nonetheless, it is far more secure than traditional email. There are other similar services offered by other vendors. You can also buy apps that handle PGP email, such as iPGMail. Be aware that these require you to deal with details such as encryption keys. PGP is not ideal for the novice user.
The App Store does a very good job of inspecting apps for malicious code, as well as defects. Many developers complain that app approval takes a few days, but this scrutiny has protected iOS users. iOS Apps still have the ability to collect your private information. You might not be aware of the information they are gathering.
Clueful can help raise your awareness of app privacy. Simply type in the name of an app and Clueful will produce a list of privacy issues and other concerns. The website has a great UI — it looks and works just like an iPhone. Type in the name of an app and it will produce a list of search results. Click on the name of the app, and you will see a list of issues, such as privacy concerns or services used by the app.
If you are serious about privacy, you can wrap yourself in Cocoon. This multi-platform privacy software is the gold standard for identity protection. Cocoon protects users by employing a proxy. When you surf the web with Cocoon, web sites do not see your IP address. Instead, they can only see the address of Cocoon’s proxy servers. This goes above and beyond the privacy modes offered by web browsers. With Cocoon, you are fully shielded from the Internet. The company offers free software and services, along with a premium package for those who require absolute privacy. Cocoon is available for your iOS devices as well as your Mac. They even have a special version of Chrome featuring their embedded privacy technology.
There are many ways to protect your privacy online. For most people, these are not necessary. However, many professionals require privacy. Individuals may also be concerned about their online behavior data getting into the wrong hands. The tips provided in this article just scratch the surface. Feel free to explore the topic of internet privacy. New technologies are developed every day to keep Big Brother out of your private life.