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    Question Encrypt IMAP storage backend?

    I've always wondered if it is possible to encrypt the storage part of an IMAP mail installation.

    Keeping your mails on a central server is very convenient if you access and manage mail via different devices. Still, what worries me is that all of my emails are kept plain-text on this central server! So anyone with (root) access to that server can read my mail! Unbearable.

    Is there a way that my mailbox remains encrypted. And is only decrypted on the fly when I connect with a valid password to it?

    Any suggestions, best practice, things-to-keep-in-mind?
    Last edited by isync; December 17th, 2010 at 02:49 PM.

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    Re: Encrypt IMAP storage backend?

    Howdy,

    The only way to keep your mail store secure, is to run your own mail server, for example http://citadel.org.

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    Re: Encrypt IMAP storage backend?

    So there's actually no way/best-practice to encrypt IMPA storage backends??

    I need to build a system where users get 100% privacy and even the sysadmin can't peek into their data.

    It's there with hashed passwords in usermanagement (you never store plaintext-passwords but only the hashes of passwords a user supplies),
    I can't believe it's not there in email...

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