This is a thread about encrypting your private emails. I put it in discussion as I would be interested to read about people's views on this given the recent revelation that certain governmental agencies are storing all our emails. Does anybody out there encrypt their emails? Or perhaps you would like to do it in principle but never really looked into it? I myself only download a PGP pretty good privacy encryption package today (link), which I have been playing around with. However I must say that so far I am a little disappointed. Not with the technology itself, but with the limitation that people I want to write emails to don't use PGP. You see, in order for a message to be encrypted both the sender and receiver need to have a key set (one private key and one public key). I can only send (or receive) encrypted messages to (or from) someone else who has a key. The only person I know who has a key is myself, so basically so far all I can do is send encrypted emails to myself! So I'd be keen to hear from people that have experience using PGP. And I'd be keen to hear if people think it's a good idea for the public to protect their emails from snoops in general. I can't help thinking about "climate-gate" -- if they had used PGP the hackers would have had no chance at reading all their emails.