TorBirdy: route your emails through the TOR network

TorBirdy route your emails through the TOR network
TorBirdy route your emails through the TOR network

If you are an avid reader of FunInformatique, you probably know TOR. This protocol makes it possible to anonymize connections to protect your privacy and avoid curious people.
We have seen how to protect the consultation of a site with TOR. Today we will see that emails can also go through onion routing thanks to the TorBirdy software.

This is an extension, but designed to
Thunderbird (an easy-to-configure messaging application). TorBirdy's goal is to encrypt emails passing them through TOR's decentralized network.
The latter is made up of several routers which aim to anonymize all the packets that circulate. You will therefore be able to send messages without the risk of them being intercepted and avoid revealing your location.


TorBirdy works great with SMTP, IMAP, and POP3, but the latter is recommended as it's simpler and less subject to changes that could jeopardize your anonymity.
Note that all emails you send and receive will be in raw text and not HTML, and your client will no longer be able to automatically tell you if you have received messages. This is the price to pay for anonymity!
TorBirdy works well with a Gmail account that you would have migrated to Thunderbird. Also note that TorBirdy is compatible with JonDo, Whonix or even Tails.
The extension can be downloaded here.