With all of the crazy stuff these days happening with the intrusion of government on our right to privacy and the surveillance state that’s been built here in the US, I thought I’d talk about something that’s important to me. We need to be able to talk to each other without someone else listening in, even if it’s unimportant stuff.
We need to encrypt our communications. You might think it’s a difficult thing to do, but once the general concept is understood and the proper tools are used, it’s actually pretty simple. I would direct you to Encryption 101, where you can read some of the basics on how modern encryption is used, and how it’s the closest thing we have to being unbreakable.
I’ve recently installed GPG Tools on my mail application, and I’m going to encrypt as many emails as possible. And the more people I know that use this encryption, the better. I highly recommend doing this. We know that governments and anyone else can read what we send and receive (and, in fact, are actively doing just that).
I’m also awaiting the encrypted text messaging app, called Hemlis. We can be sure that it’s more secure than it would be in the US, because it’s hosted in Iceland.
The main point of this post is that I beg of you: Please start using encryption. The more regular people that use it, the better. We are the keepers of our own secrets, not the government, just as we are the keepers of the government, not the other way around.
And after reading the Encryption 101 I posted above, you’ll know that it’s very important that my public encryption key be made known to as many people as possible. So I’m going to put it right here, in this blog post. With this key, you can send me encrypted email. So Yay. Here goes:
—–BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Version: GnuPG/MacGPG2 v2.0.20 (Darwin)
Comment: GPGTools – https://gpgtools.org
—–END PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK—–
Hope it was as good for you as it was for me. Let me know what you think! Feel free to post your public keys (or links to your public keys) in the comments!