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  •  Basics: Encrypted email/IMs and VoIP (5+ / 0-)

    I support this diary and downloaded the OS, however, I think it's too big a step for 99.9% of the readers. I suggest they start with the basics such as Thunderbird (Outlook alternative) with Enigmail plugin for encrypted emails and Jitsi for encrypted IMs and VoIP. Both are relatively easy to set up, work with your google account, or some other email/IM accounts, and offer a good mix between privacy and practicality.


    see instructional videos at the bottom on how to set up Jitsi:

    Also check out Tails: Privacy for anyone anywhere
    It's a Linux OS that you can run from CD or USB, that runs Tor automatically, includes a bunch of privacy apps, and erases any usage traces. It's obviously not practical for most people either, but it's easy when you really want anonymity and interesting to test out.

    •  I don't disagree. (4+ / 0-)
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      End game, Indiana Bob, Cedwyn, J M F

      Although I'd like to think that just a few people will try it.  But your suggestions are good as a stopgap.  Eventually though, I think recent NSA revelations will get easy to use, high security operating systems into the mainstream.

      Thunderbird is good, and it works with BitMessage.  Jitsi ain't bad.

      But... sigh... you still wind up with Google and the rest of them.

      It's tough - really tough - to cut the cord.

      It ain't called paranoia - when they're really out to get you. 6 points.

      by Jaime Frontero on Sat Jul 13, 2013 at 06:53:31 AM PDT

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      •  google is a double edged sword (1+ / 0-)
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        it's good because google email, chat and talk work well and lots of people have gmail accounts. also, encryption apps work well with gmail accounts and are available for Windows, Linux, Android and probably iOS.

        the bad is that google will give your communications straight to the NSA, but as long as they are encrypted you are probably safe from any automated searches they do en masse on this data, and it's unrealistic and paranoid to think the NSA has the time or computing power to crack everyone's encrypted communications.

        a secondary reason I recommend Thuderbird and Jitsi, is that they are available also for linux and probably Apple, and android has apps you can use with them (APG/K-9 Mail for encrypted emails and Gibberbot for IMs, Jitsi alpha version for android is also available).

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