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Southwest Cyberport is proud of our customers. After all, they’re smart enough to use a friendly, local ISP with cutting-edge technology and good tech support, so they must know something. 😉 One of the ways we show it is by offering website owners and other customers free listings right here on this website, under the Directories menu heading. There’s our Eprom or “Electronic Promenade”, which functions like the storefronts of an online mall, displaying company logos and descriptions, a Business Directory listing sites alphabetically, and listings for those with personal webpages, too. These listings are not automatic – but all are free for members upon request. Why bother? We’re committed to supporting local businesses, and we want to celebrate the surprisingly wide range of diverse talents and interesting and unusual offerings available right here in the heart of New Mexico. It’s an exclusive, convenient place to hang out your shingle for your neighbors, and it’s absolutely free. All these directories have recently been updated; dead links removed, sites checked, and the descriptions freshened up. Your websites hosted here let the whole world know you exist; why not show off for your friends and neighbors? SWCP member website owners and those with your own pet projects are invited to sign up today, the more the merrier.
In our last post we showed you how to install the Mailvelope browser extension and generate PGP public and private keys, and how to import someone’s public key. Now we’d like to actually use this structure to send encrypted email. At this point if you use Gmail or Yahoo mail you’re actually ready to encrypt. Roundcube requires some additional configuration to work with mailvelope. Go to Options in your Mailvelope page, and select list of email providers, then Add New Site. The site name can be “Roundcube SWCP” and the domain pattern should be *.roundcube.swcp.com. Now when you compose a new message you’ll see a button in the compose window that looks like a pencil and paper. If you press this a new window will pop open like the one below. Type a message and press encrypt. You’ll get a dialog box that allows you to select the key you want to use to encrypt the message. This should be the key of the person you’re sending the message to. Add that key, then press OK. Now you’ll see the encrypted message which will look something like this: Press Transfer and that message will be copied to your compose window and you can now send the message to your friend. That’s it! Inline Encryption You may want to make the process easier to use by allowing inline encryption. This will allow you to do the encryption in the compose … Continue reading
In that last few years we’ve come to see more and more that things we thought were private, simply aren’t. Whether it is companies that want to sell you things, the government wanting to find terrorist plots, or thieves looking for personal data to aid with identity theft, there are many players out there looking at your data. Is there anyway to protect ourselves from prying eyes? One way is to use strong encryption. PGP, Pretty Good Privacy, has been around since 1991. It’s a public key encryption system, which means it uses a pair of encryption keys, one that is public and can be freely given out to anyone and one that is private/secret and must be protected. In addition to the keys there is a passphrase that is known to the owner of the keys and is required to decrypt a message. PGP has been a useful tool for techno-savvy folks, but has been difficult to use for the more techno-casual person. I recently attended a CryptoParty. The aim of these events is to help put privacy tools in more hands. I discovered some new (and more modern) packages for working with PGP and integrating it into tools you may be familiar with, so I thought I’d share my experience of setting up PGP for use with Roundcube. Roundcube is an open source webmail client that is available for use with your SWCP account. A little background In … Continue reading