A few weeks ago I made a post about the Tor browser and the importance of taking steps to protect yourself online to insure your privacy is not violated by government spooks or cybercriminals. Tor is a great way of concealing your internet activities from prying eyes. Another great tool that I use is HTTPS everywhere. These are both minimally invasive ways of adding extra layers of security to your internet browsers and online life.
Today, I’ve spent the better half of an hour installing and setting up email encryption on my Macbook. It’s a bit more complex and requires some tech savviness to set up but the step by step instructions were easy enough to follow. For Mac I’m using GPGTools, an open source version of PGP encryption for Mac systems. Windows can us GPG4win and I’m sure there’s a version out there for Linux users. GPGTools is cool because it incorporates encryption tools directly into the Mail app on Mac devices.
The picture above is of my public encryption key. If you ever want to email me encrypted messages you’ll need this key to do so. I’ve made a separate page for this key so you can easily copy and paste this into the Keychain software you’ll use to send me the message: http://antigovernmentextremist.tumblr.com/public+key
Encryption works by a combination of a public and private key. I make my public key available to the public, like it’s name suggests, so that individuals can send me encrypted messages. I’ll then use my own secret private key to decrypt the message. This insures that only the author and recipient of the message will be able to view the contents.
Encryption isn’t just something for paranoid antigovernment extremists. If you ever need to send files pertaining to banking activities, medical history, anything pertaining to your identity like your SSN and more should be encrypted. It also has the added of bonus of being nearly impossible for NSA and other government snoops to read your messages.
Worth sharing :)