Q. Are your conversations private and secure?
A. Not when using email!
In todays world, we won’t enter personal details in to untrusted websites, but we send personal information via regular (insecure) email all the time.
Have you ever emailed personal details, finances, credit card details etc to someone via email?
You probably didn’t know, but sending email is very insecure. Your email usually passes through a large number of computers, other networks and countries, leaving a copy of itself each time. At all times your messages can be read by the people who are in charge of these computers and network equipment (and in many cases your government). Because email is sent in an easily readable format and is often stored for years, it has no protection from prying eyes meaning any personal information you send could be hacked years into the future. Messages you thought were deleted years ago may still be sitting on servers around the world.
So, to summarize...
• Email is sent in a plain readable format
• Copies of your email are left on servers.
• Stored email may be read in the future.