Messaging Privately

Here you will find information that will help you remain anonymous online while messaging other users. It is advised to utilize privacy methods, such as those listed below, in conjunction with Masari.

Pretty Good Privacy (PGP)

PGP is an encryption program that provides cryptographic privacy to your messages. PGP is used for signing, encrypting, and decrypting messages. PGP has been said to be the closest thing to military-grade encryption as you can get.

To start using PGP you can visit openpgp.org and navigate to your operating system’s download link. From there you can use the gpg4win compendium to learn about using PGP.

This method does not rely on any third parties.

Proton Mail

Another great way to message privately is by using ProtonMail. ProtonMail has PGP fully integrated into it so it’s much quicker and simpler to use than generating your own keys and certificates. According to their website, “all messages between ProtonMail inboxes are protected with PGP encryption to prevent us [ProtonMail] (or anyone else) from reading or sharing your emails while at rest, a concept known as zero-access encryption.

Further, ProtonMail is free and easy to use, however, it does rely on a third party i.e. ProtonMail.

The Onion Router (Tor)

Tor is a special browser that keeps your location and browsing history private. Unlike other browsers like Chrome and Edge (incognito modes as well), Tor does not collect browsing habits and or locations. Tor is based on the same code as FireFox, a free and open source browser.

Once you download Tor, you will be prompted to select your desired privacy strength. Bear in mind, however, that the more private you are, the more browser features are limited i.e. flash player. You will notice that your browser may be a little slow. This is due to the fact that Tor is bouncing your traffic from multiple nodes which thereby anonymizes your activity.

It is important to stay on HTTPS websites that offer a secure connection while using Tor. Not doing so could make you vulnerable for attacks. Further, it is also a good practice to mask your IP address with a VPN service like Nord VPN.

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