Inspired and educated by this weeks studies and my continued reading of Edward Snowdens autobiography I’ve signed up for some very cryptographically secure services for email and password management.
I’d come across this as an alternative to Gmail (which scans every message, is very insecure and targets you with adverts) but its only now I see the true value in it (hint – quote below!)
This page has all the beautiful details: https://protonmail.com/security-details
A super neat feature is the ability to password protect certain emails (ie prevent them being displayed in a chain) or make it ephemeral, with an expiry date much like a message on Snapchat.
They also have a free VPN option – safe and free of ads! I’ve set that up on devices now combined with predominant usage of the Brave browser. Speed seems identical to before.
An open source password manager – the more I read, the more I realised I needed one. I’m not going to argue for whether you need one or not – I just see that this is highly rated. A nice little feature is the built in checker of a password – has it been compromised / involved in a leak before. Here is a user guide on getting started: https://opensource.com/article/18/3/managing-passwords-bitwarden
“I don’t need that”
So what do you reply when everyone will tell you that they have nothing to hide? Snowden on Reddit has perhaps the most succinct eloquent reply of them all:
If you think privacy is unimportant for you because you have nothing to hide, you might as well say free speech is unimportant for you because you have nothing useful to say.
SIGNAL for messaging (its the protocol that WhatsApps is based upon).
SPIDEROAK ( https://spideroak.com/one/ ) a recommended alternative to Dropbox, Drive etc.
A good guide to security: https://securityplanner.org
Further thoughts…..it seems a safer bet to choose an open source alternative with privacy tools where possible as they lack the for profit motive. But perhaps their code is not so robust?