Your Email is as Vulnerable as Sending a Postcard

Would you write banking information, passwords, private conversation or any sensitive data on the back of a postcard? Sounds like a silly question perhaps – but this is the equivalency of writing private information in your public emails. Your emails are NOT secure. Today I’m going to help you understand the options available to you so you don’t get caught with your drawbridge down!

I have an insightful discussion with Dr Andy Yen, the CEO and Co-Founder of Protonmail. We discuss why regular email is not very secure and how corporations like Yahoo, Google, and others have complete access to everything you send and receive. There are lots of better options out there and we discuss how to evaluate and choose a better service.

We have lots of important news items this week including another Android hack that has infected at least 2 million phones, a raft of bugs in the latest Linksys home WiFi routers, a clever new ransomware attack that nests like Russian dolls, and finally a vigilante hacker that has written software that he dubs “Internet chemotherapy” that may completely take out your insecure devices.

Dr. Andy Yen, CEO and Co-Founder of Protonmail has over 8 years of experience in distributed computing for demanding particle physics applications. Andy was a researcher at CERN from 2009 to 2015, where ProtonMail’s founding team met. He has a PhD in Physics from Harvard and a degree in Economics from Caltech.

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Carey Parker began programming computers in middle school when personal computers were just starting to become popular. For years, these twin interests percolated until he attended Purdue University and he learned you could get paid to do this stuff – it was called Electrical Engineering! After obtaining a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in EE, Carey wrote software for multiple companies, large and small. In recent years, particularly after the Edward Snowden revelations in 2013, he became deeply concerned about computer security and privacy. In 2014, he combined his passion for computers, cybersecurity and fantasy novels with the long-time desire to write the book: Firewalls Don’t Stop Dragons.