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New Feature: Secure Private Messages!
    #4276278 - 06/09/05 04:03 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

The admins are always looking for ways to help ensure your guys' privacy and security. We are pleased to offer a new feature which seamlessly integrates military-grade public-key encryption with our BB's private messaging interface. This new functionality will allow you to send PMs which are virtually impossible to intercept, and can only be decrypted by the intended recipient. You can enable it on your account through a quick setup process and then it's possible to exchange secure messages with any other members who also have it enabled.

We have taken many precautions to ensure the integrity of secure private messages on the Shroomery. Our system uses standard PGP encryption and SSL is utilized for all communication with the site. We never store any sensitive information on our server and temp files are securely wiped immediately after use. From a technical standpoint, encrypted private messages are significantly more secure than regular e-mail, and offer about the same amount of privacy as Hushmail and similar services. Hopefully this will come in handy when people have sensitive correspondence which they wish to keep safe.

Follow this link to enable secure private messages on your account.

Once the process is complete, you will notice an "encrypt this message" option at the bottom of new private messages. Check this box when you're contacting another member with secure PMs enabled, and your messages will be locked down with unbreakable encryption. The recipient simply has to enter their passphrase to display the original content. If they haven't enabled secure PMs yet, you'll be given the option to send the message unencrypted. It's that simple!

Please report any problems so we can get the bugs ironed out. Also feel free to ask any questions or make suggestions about the new functionality. We hope you enjoy this feature and find it useful!


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4276280 - 06/09/05 04:04 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

so you used to be able to read our pm's


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Toad_Stool]
    #4276300 - 06/09/05 04:11 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Yeah without a public key encryption scheme there's not really any way to prevent that. Don't flatter yourself I promise we would never bother heh. But it also means if someone gained access to our server, like a hacker or DEA agent, they could read them too. That's why we added this functionality, so you can ensure that only the intended recipient can decrypt your PM.

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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4276324 - 06/09/05 04:17 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

cool :thumbup:

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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4276607 - 06/09/05 05:47 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

:thumbup: :smile:


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4277235 - 06/09/05 08:19 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I LOVE YOU


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4277480 - 06/09/05 09:36 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

:thumbup:

This place just keeps getting better.


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4281309 - 06/10/05 10:04 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Great idea!

Also, consider making the IRC channel SSL-enabled.

:smile:


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: spank0r]
    #4283838 - 06/11/05 05:14 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

once the intended recipient has decrypted the message, does it remain so, and accessible to your aforementioned hypothetical hackers, agents, or aliens?


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: niteowl]
    #4284501 - 06/11/05 09:21 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

niteowl said:
:thumbup:

This place just keeps getting better.




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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: IGnosticAbhorI]
    #4288093 - 06/12/05 07:47 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I thought privacy was illegal in the States :smirk:

I really like this new feature :thumbup:

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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: spank0r]
    #4292693 - 06/13/05 08:43 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

Also, consider making the IRC channel SSL-enabled.




I'm all for it and I've talked to Vamp about it, the problem is we'd have to change server software but it will probably happen sometime in the future.

Quote:

once the intended recipient has decrypted the message, does it remain so, and accessible to your aforementioned hypothetical hackers, agents, or aliens?




No, the unencrypted text is never stored on the server. The recipient has to decrypt the private message every time they view it.

Anyway glad you guys like this feature so far. :smile:

Peace,

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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4292819 - 06/13/05 09:21 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

awsome great idea guys


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: IGnosticAbhorI]
    #4292925 - 06/13/05 09:50 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Quote:

IGnosticAbhorI said:
I thought privacy was illegal in the States :smirk:




:lol:

Quote:

I really like this new feature :thumbup:




Ythan, You are the man  :cool:

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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4293568 - 06/14/05 12:45 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Awesome new feature man! Much appreciated. From what I hear PGP is near impossible to crack. :thumbup: :heart:


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: Ythan]
    #4295871 - 06/14/05 07:27 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Excellent new feature  :thumbup:


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: ltd]
    #4297537 - 06/15/05 01:44 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

I never bothered to give you a rating before, because I have never witnessed your greatness. But this is awesome!
How can I tell if it is working, will the screen be any different, or take longer to load? Stupid question, I know, but I am a stupid person.


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: whatever123]
    #4298482 - 06/15/05 11:07 AM (11 years, 5 months ago)

When someone sends you an encrypted pm you will have to enter you pass phrase to decrypt it. Thats how you will know.


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: QuantumMeltdown]
    #4303763 - 06/16/05 03:17 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

that hasn't been the case for me so far... :undecided:


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Re: New Feature: Secure Private Messages! [Re: hevvy_psi]
    #4303816 - 06/16/05 03:32 PM (11 years, 5 months ago)

Did you enable to secure PMs on your account?
http://www.shroomery.org/pubssl/


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