Thinhose Nymserver


Welcome to the homepage of the Thinhose Nymserver. The following pages will walk you through how to create, use and maintain a pseudonym account on this service.


In order to create and use your Nym, you're going to need a reasonably good understanding of either PGP or GnuPG. Good enough, that is, to create a key and sign/encrypt messages. Some understanding of how email messages are formatted would also be useful.

Nymserver PGP Key

First, download the public PGP key for the nymserver. It can be obtained HERE,
The key can be verified against a detached signature from the nymserver Operator SEC3.

The command to verify a detached signature is:
gpg --verify sig.asc key.asc

Creating a Nym

That's it! The Nymserver decrypts the message, extracts your Nym's email address from the supplied Public Key and processes it. You will receive a confirmation message from the Nymserver in alt.anonymous.messages, encrypted to your key.

It's worth noting that your nym creation message above (pubkey.txt.asc) is the only time when you will NOT be expected to sign your message with your new Nym key. See section below "Sending Messages from your Nym" for a slightly different GnuPG command that you will use on all future outgoing messages to prove ownership of your Nym.

Receiving Messages for your Nym

Unlike a normal email account, messages for your Nym aren't delivered to you personally. Instead they are delivered to a common mailbox that you share with many other users of anonymity systems. This shared mailbox serves to delink incoming messages with their actual recipient.

The shared mailbox comes in the shape of a Usenet group called alt.anonymous.messages. In order to find your messages within this group, you'll need to download the entire content of the group and then attempt to decrypt all the messages in it. If the decryption succeeds, the message is your own.
Need to explain how to download and attempt to decrypt messages.

In addition to messages sent to your Nym by other users, you'll also receive information messages from the Nymserver about your configuration requests. Wherever possible the server will inform you about issues with your Nym or the changes you attempt to make to it. Once your key has been received by the server, it has the capability to send you encrypted messages.

Sending messages from your Nym

The most secure way to do this is to use the Remailer network.

NOTE: Messages received in plain text will be discarded.