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Acronym: Program for Internet News and E-Mail

Recursive acronym: PINE Is Not Elm

A cross-platform E-Mail Client and Newsreader (available for UNIX-like and Windows computers), it is purely textmode but allows even the slowest computer with the most basic monitor e-mail access. Includes spell-checking, mailboxes, and more.

Pine has been officially available since 1989 and still actively used.


Combined with SSH, Pine provides a full e-mail security solution so long as e-mail is exchanged locally or on a VPN.

For e-mail that leaves this local or virtual private network, PGP (and GPG) can be used for encryption.


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