Originally Posted by Capt. lulz
I have concerns with these methods of sending/receiving email. Because they are over radio
, couldn't your messages be intercepted? And worse, your password?
I don't understand how this this works. Even if encrypted, your messages are only safe until it reaches its endpoint where it is decrypted, which I assume can be a 3rd party just before reaching your actual email server (man in the middle attack by design)
From what I understand, this is not a means to access the internet
, which implies I cannot contact my email server directly, therefore unable to use standard encryption schemes such as SSL/TLS etc..
Lulz, with SSB email like Winlink or SailMail, your email is not SSL secure but it would take some serious effort for someone else to read it. Go to Winlink.org
to see how it works, or better yet read my Radio Email page
. You go through their email servers, so it means a new email address, & there are some pretty severe limitations (plain text, limited attachments, etc). For us, we wanted an SSB anyway, so the additional cost of a Pactor Modem
for essentially free (social) email anywhere in the world was worth it. But we don't do business over it.
But if you need to do secure business with your own email server, go with a SatPhone & data hookup. This will also give you (limited) web as well as voice capability. I haven't looked at Iridium
lately, but I was never able to get more than 2400 baud out of it, despite advertising claims of much higher. An Iridium
handset will run about a Boat Buck ($1,000) with another $200 for the data hookup. There are several plans but ~$700 will buy you 500 minutes (less than 2min/day). Inmarsat
requires more hardware
& is more expensive, but may be better for what you want.