Securely Contact Apscitu Inc.
For reasons too numerous and complicated to go into here,
although you'll get an idea from the following discussion,
talking to someone on a cell phone is a bad form of
communication for important messages. If careful, email is
much better (and can include recorded talk
There are two general aspects to email security: being sure
who you are emailing with (a.k.a. authentication or signing)
and encrypting email messages (so they can't be read or
changed by anyone else). The first is the foremost since it
doesn't matter if email is encrypted if you're actually
communicating with hackers in the first place.
You have used (while reading this page for instance) and
probably have heard of the most common system of encryption:
the "s" for secure in https, which involves getting a
"certificate". This system can also be used for email. Much
less known is that this system is also supposed to provide
authentication. Unfortunately this authentication depends on
you trusting a certificate-issuing company that you probably
never heard of and who may have violated that trust before,
being more concerned with making a lot of money in the short
term than really being trustworthy in the long
For most people, a better form of authentication is an email
address from a well-known respected university. Anyone can
get a .com, .org, and even a .net domain name and set up an
email address with it. But getting a .edu domain name is
restricted. I know because, as a test, I seriously tried to
get a .edu domain name, apscitu.edu, but was refused. In
addition, with a .edu email address you can be sure the person
really is affiliated with the university.
I have a B.S.
Engineering and Computer Science from MIT so have the email
I also have a Ph.D.
in supercomputing from Columbia University so have the email
So to establish my authenticity first email me at one of those
university email addresses and I will respond proving I got
your email there.
However, do NOT send any sensitive information in those
emails. Like most universities, Columbia's email system has
been handed over to Google. Google provides access to your
emails to its employees, the NSA, CIA, FBI, etc. This is
particularly true of university Gmails because at universities
there are many foreigners, who are supposedly the only people
the NSA, CIA, FBI etc. are allowed to arbitrarily read the
emails of but they often "accidentally" read the email of
citizens on the same email system. MIT's email system was not
handed over to Google but IT incompetent people were put in
charge of it and they let Microsoft handle parts of it.
Microsoft is no different from Google in who it lets have
access to your emails.
I've actually set it on my university accounts so emails to
Dr.Duane.Thresher@alum.MIT.edu just forward to one of my own
highly-secure Apscitu Mail email servers, which includes
Once you've authenticated me, use that email address. In
fact, I'll be responding to your email to one of my university
email addresses, with your email included as proof, from
Dr.Duane.Thresher@Apscitu.com (so it won't go through Columbia
or MIT). After you become an Apscitu Inc. client I'll provide
you with an unadvertised, so even more secure, email
most important service. We provide various levels of email
security, starting with the most important, your own private
individual highly-secure email server, including your own
domain name. For Apscitu Inc.'s consulting we strongly
recommend Apscitu Mail.
Talking to someone does provide some trust so I can email you
a phone number where I can be reached and we can talk about
non-sensitive things. Similarly, I can email you a paper mail
address. Of course, after you become an Apscitu Inc. client
we will have face-to-face meetings.