In the fallout surrounding the American FBI investigation of CIA Director David Petraeus, you may have come across stories about how he attempted to hide his digital email trail. Utilizing a jointly held email account, messages between Petraeus and Paula Broadwell were left in draft mode, never to be sent and assumed not to leave a digital trail.
Well, leave it to the EFF to point out where things went so terribly wrong. Take a look at this tutorial released yesterday, on how to create an anonymous email account.
Some of the suggestions include:
- Using the Tor Browser Bundle;
- Signing up for webmail with a throwaway email address;
- Use a webmail account with https protection;
- Using Hushmail as the webmail provider;
- A strong password;
- Never mention anything that could give away your identity;
- Encrypt your email correspondence using OpenPGP; and
- Setup pseudonymous PGP/GPG in Hushmail.
The EFF, of course, has a vested interest in supporting anonymous speech online. The conclusion at the bottom of the tutorial was a good reminder why. And the tutorial, I thought was a fun presentation of the materials woven into a highly publicized story. Very well constructed (marketing?) if you want to have your message widely read.