Security guru Bruce Schneier
has posted a typically pragmatic and passionate overview of why you can, and should, follow practices that improve your odds
of being able to communicate privately in the face of the NSA's vast surveillance programs.
"I understand that most of this is impossible for the typical internet user," he admits, and even Schneier doesn't use "all these tools for most everything I am working on."
The NSA may have converted the internet into one big surveillance platform, he says, "But they are not magical. They're limited by the same economic realities as the rest of us, and our best defense is to make surveillance of us as expensive as possible."
"Trust the math. Encryption is your friend. Use it well, and do your best to ensure that nothing can compromise it. That's how you can remain secure even in the face of the NSA."
Last week, 30 students used a House Judiciary Committee hearing room to hold a debate on mass surveillance in America.
A study by the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration found that half of American Internet users are “deterred” from engaging in online transactions because of fears over privacy and security breaches.
It’s time once again to nominate your digital heroes for the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s annual Pioneer Awards; previous winners include Edward Snowden, Carl Malamud, Limor Fried, Laura Poitras, Heddy Lamarr, Aaron Swartz, Gigi Sohn, Bruce Schneier, Zoe Lofgren, Glenn Greenwald, Jon Postel and many others (I am immensely proud to have won one myself!).
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