Do People Need P2P Private Email?

from the how-long-will-this-last dept

A company in the UK named Jeftel has come up with their own take on a P2P application -- this one aimed at offering "no leak" secure email. The idea is that rather than worry about your ISP and/or mailserver hanging onto copies of the emails you send and receive, if you and the person your email both had software from this company, you could connect directly between computers and send encrypted emails. The software appears to work on top of existing email clients, which make sense. The company also makes some bizarre claims about how this will wipe out spam, but the small print makes it clear it will wipe out spam only if everyone adopts this solution -- and the company then monitors every account to make sure no one is sending too many messages. Not exactly a reasonable claim, then. It appears the only real benefit to this over encrypted email is that your mail server and/or ISP won't store a copy of the encrypted message -- but if it's well encrypted that shouldn't really matter. Besides, given our government's focus lately on making sure they can tap absolutely every form of communication around, it seems likely that this sort of service won't be too popular with law enforcement types and politicians who will quickly brand it a tool for terrorists.

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    Steve, 28 Sep 2004 @ 1:29am

    Re: Mike

    In your posting, you mentioned "but if it's well encrypted that shouldn't really matter". The encryption used in normal e-mail might probably be enough only to keep your kid brother at bay. But Jeftel claims to use a highly advanced encryption method as an extra level of security. The fact that your mail does not get stored anywhere is the main attribute that offers security. Encryption is only an addition. The company says that it can prevent spam by disabling the account of the person who seems to be using jeftel for sending spams. You will not find this with normal e-mail providers. It hence works on the the principle that all Jeftel users are trusted parties. A spammer does not want to spend 25 pounds for spamming and end up with a disabled account each time. When talking about terrorism, I would like to say that all communication mechanisms in past have been exploited by terrorists. Terrorists have easy access to arsenals of weapons, and anyone's concern should be to stop such access. Instead I don't see any reason to deny the public the right to their privacy, just because of a fly in the ointment. I strongly feel that this product would be welcome world-wide. Thanks Jeftel..!!

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