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The Free Software Foundation has released a guide to encrypting email to mark one year since the disclosures of NSA blanket surveillance by analyst Edward Snowden.

The British newspaper, The Guardian, carried the first story on the topic on June 6, which also happens to be the anniversary of the Normandy landings. Since then, there have been a slew of stories on the topic in newspapers all over the world.

The FSF's campaigns manager Libby Reinish said the email self-defence guide would help everyone, including beginners, to make the NSA's job of snooping on ordinary people's communications a little harder.

"We're releasing it as part of Reset the Net, a global day of action to push back against the surveillance-industrial complex," she wrote in a post on the FSF website.

"Encrypting your email can not only protect you and your loved ones from the NSA, it also keeps big internet corporations from collecting your data..."

"Gmail, for example, mines your email to serve you ads. If that email is encrypted on your desktop, Google's servers will never see the contents of your messages (even if you don't use Gmail yourself, every email you send to someone who does ends up on their servers)."

Her post linked to a detailed infographic about encryption; a guide to setting up the GNU Privacy Guard to encrypt email on GNU/Linux, Windows and Mac OSX is also provided. The post additionally provided a link to a list of free software that could be used to preserve one's privacy.

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Sam Varghese

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A professional journalist with decades of experience, Sam for nine years used DOS and then Windows, which led him to start experimenting with GNU/Linux in 1998. Since then he has written widely about the use of both free and open source software, and the people behind the code. His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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