Steps on Posting Anonymously to Newsgroups Using Private Idaho's Nym Menu Using an Email Gateway

Last Updated on Aug. 2, 1997

The process described below will not give you instant gratification. It normally takes 48 hours before you will see your Message Posted to the newsgroup(s) that you selected.

I personally like the steps outlined in Newsnym4.faq for posting to newsgroups using one's nym account. Try both ways and determine which one is most preferable to you.

  1. You must have your Nym account setup already with If you have not done this yet, please read Nymnew2.faq
  2. Select Clear All from the Edit Menu
  3. Select Auto-close PGP from the PGP menu.
  4. Select Remailers from the Menu and then select Advanced Cypherpunk. Finally select Encrypt to Remailer(s)
  5. Select a newsgroup from the drop down list or type in a newsgroup in the "To:" box. Please note, to add names to the drop down list, select, FILE | Address Book. Your changes will be recognize immediately by Private Idaho.
  6. Select alt.anonymous.messages or whatever newsgroup that you want to post your message
  7. Select Newsgroups and then Email gateway. Select one of the gateways from the list. I recommend
  8. Type in a subject in the Subject field.
  9. Type your message in the message window. For example, "This is a test message sent via Private Idaho".
  10. Select Prepare Nym Message from the Nym menu and select your anonymous name that ends with
  11. Several things have happened and your message window should look like this:
  12. You will need to type in your anonymous password when Private Idaho shells to a PGP DOS session. Remember this is the password (whatajoke) that you JUST created using Private Idaho, NOT the password you use to decrypt your private messages that have been ecrypted with your PUBLIC KEY. So in the example above, I would type in "whatajoke", without the quotes.
  13. Your message should be encrypted within the message window. If it is not, go back to number 2 above and start over.
  14. You may now select a remailer from the remailer list. I would recommend that you select the same remailer. that you used when you created your Nym Account. In this case select from the remailer list.
  15. Select Append Info to Message from the Message menu. Your message will be encrypted with the Public key of
  16. Now the only thing that's left to do is to post the message. This is done via the Send button. If you are online, press the Send button. If you are not online, select Connect from the File menu and subsequent to connecting, select the Send button.
  17. That's it. Now you'll have to be patient and wait for your message to be posted with your anonymous name.

For instructions on how to send anonymous posts to newsgroups via a MAIL2NEWS GATEWAY read Newsnym3.faq

For instructions on how to send Anonymous Email using Private Idaho's Nym Funtion, read Mailnym2.faq.

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