How to hide your emails from the police

Big stories here and there for a while about John Darwin, a guy who faked his own death, even to his kids, in the name of future insurance fraud. But the most useful thing that the Poorhouse learnt from this came from an article in the Independent.

The jury was told that Cleveland Police accessed John Darwin's Yahoo account and found a total of 1,012 emails, of which 923 were unread. Police rules meant officers could only look at the 89 opened messages.

To be honest, the Poorhouse would actually check out the law before trusting the journalist's implicit advice, but really...if all it takes to keep your illicit emails out of the boys in blue's hands is that they are unread - well, even for the most innocuous blackmailer / drugs dealer / hitman - just mark everything unread whenever you're done reading and hey, there's your digital anti CSI-protection.

Something sounds a little unlikely about this, no?

Just in case though, here's a guide to enacting massive police-secrecy in your Google mail account...simply enter the following cryptic cypher-key-security-trap-thing

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