Communications Security and Privacy

Communications Security and Privacy

Welcome to the security primer. These pages are not comprehensive, but they are a great place to start when learning about privacy and security online.

The topic of communication privacy and security is large and complex, but also very important. We suggest that you take it slow and steady, learn with friends, and seek out advice.

First, a word of advice – riseup will never ask for your password. Anyone asking for your login and password is a scammer who is seeking to hijack your account. Never EVER give out your riseup password!

Encrypted Email

About Security
What is communication security and why it matters.

Security Measures
How to make your communication more secure.

How to set up your computer to work smoothly with’s encryption certificates.

Further security resources for activists.

Policy at

We strive to keep our mail as secure and private as we can.

  • We do not log your IP address. (Most services keep detailed records of every machine which connects to the servers. We keep only information which cannot be used to uniquely identify your machine.)
  • All your data, including your mail, is stored by in encrypted form.
  • We work hard to keep our servers secure and well defended against any malicious attack.
  • We do not share any of our user data with anyone.
  • We will actively fight any attempt to subpoena or otherwise acquire any user information or logs.
  • We will not read, search, or process any of your incoming or outgoing mail other than by automatic means to protect you from viruses and spam or when directed to do so by you when troubleshooting.