Internet Ready Hardware
"This email request comes from a student of Graham Harwood from Goldsmith University London this is a letter I received earlier today not just to me but all of us really. Jean Demars is a trusted and valued student of Grahams if you can help him in anyway with this project or projects it will be much appreciated by all"
The simple answer "Because I can" is probably premature at this stage. The main reasons I want to do it are principle and security.
As Paul points out in his page on encrytping e-mail [[How to Encrypt emails in Debian Etch 64 bit, PCLinucOS and Ubuntu Hardy Heron.]] plain e-mail is inherently insecure. It is sent in plain text through servers you do not control including your ISP's. However even if you encrypt your e-mails, as Paul suggests, an attacker who can monitor your internet connection can learn a great deal about you by studying who you send e-mails to and who you receive e-mails from. In security jargon this is called "Traffic Analysis".