Articles with tag “privacy”

A review of ProtonMail

Update (2018-07-25)

Shortly after publishing this original post, many of my concerns were addressed. ProtonMail now supports sending mail that is signed and/or encrypted using OpenPGP. This is a huge benefit to the secure-email community. It is also possible to use your own key which allows me to use …

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SSL/TLS Trends

My friend Hubert has started compiling statistics of Alexa's top 1 million websites. Specifically, he's looking at their SSL/TLS settings and attempting to show trends in the world that is port 443.  He recently released his May numbers showing a slow but mostly improving security environment.  I'm hoping he'll …

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STARTTLS for SMTP

Okay, I don't really mean to advocate this as a privacy solution because it is and it isn't.  If you truly want privacy of your email you mustuse end-to-end encryption like PGP/GnuPG or S/MIME.  That said, I think it's good to encrypt things, even ciphertext, over the …

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Trusting Trusted CAs

Like it or not, the basis of trust for much of the Internet is based on Certificate Authorities (CA).  Companies like Verisign, GoDaddy, and GeoTrust are in the trust business.  They will sell you cryptographic proof of your Internet assets (namely your domain name) that others can use to verify …

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SFGate: If You Send To Gmail, You Have 'No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy'

SFGate: If You Send To Gmail, You Have 'No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy'

Not that this is really news but if you hand your message to a third-party for delivery you have no expectation of privacy.  Agree with it or not that's the way it is inside the United States …

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The Police State: History repeats itself.

If you've done any reading of 20th century European history then this story will seem familiar.  Back then there were places where you had to be careful about what you said to whom.  It could really be anything you said to any number of people including close friends, family members …

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Tor and HTTPS

Tor and HTTPS

An excellent description of how Tor and HTTPS can help protect your online privacy and secure your web communications.

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Lawmakers of both parties voice doubts about NSA surveillance programs

Lawmakers of both parties voice doubts about NSA surveillance programs

I'm happy to read the Washington Post story discussing the House committee's hearing on the NSA's domestic spying programs.  It's encouraging that both parties aren't happy with the programs and that "...there are not enough votes in the House now …

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Privacy articles to read

Secure GnuPG configuration

Someone recently asked what my GPG.conf file looks like since he hadn't updated his in... years.  Okay, let's take a look and I'll try to explain what each setting is and why I feel it is important.  I'm not guaranteeing this as being complete and I welcome input from …

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