when writing the ioerror
post that, given the unrest this year
, we should be encouraging people to use more encrypted communications whenever reasonable. How about a metafilter encryption pledge drive?
posted by jeffburdges to MetaFilter-Related at 12:13 PM (81 comments total)
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We could have fairly modest goal of regularly using one more encryption communications tool than you use currently, or at least experimenting enough to feel confident using it. In most case, this will involve convincing a couple friends with whom you regularly correspond to start using said tool as well.
I'll list some example projects in order of increasing difficulty :
- Install and use HTTPS Everywhere.
- Install your IM client's off-the-record messaging plugin, generate a key pair, convince a regular IM partner to do likewise, and start encrypting all your IM sessions. There are clients which don't even need a plug-in, like Adium and Jitsi.
- Installing GPG (aka PGP), generating yourself a key pair (see xkcd on passwords), configuring your email client to use GPG and a keyserver, sharing your public with a friend using a keyserver, and exchanging a couple encrypted emails. Yes, the key server matters since that's the easiest way to find people's public keys.
- Install and use Zfone, assuming you already use SIP based VoIP already. PTSN out-dials obviously don't work.
- Install some VPN service to which you have free access through your employer or university.
- Learn how to use ssh port forwarding and public key restrictions work.
I'll single out off-the-record messaging as particularly easy and useful. A priori, you're friends must turn OtR off whenever they see you using an SMS gateway. Except Android has two free OtR SMS apps now, TextSecure and ChatSecure, which should work fine. I've even used OtR to encrypt facebook chat/messages, just configure the IM client to use the jabber account [youraccountname]@chat.facebook.com.