Over the past few months I've become increasingly more security and privacy conscious. This has led me to upgrade the tools I use on a daily basis to ones that support my ethos and make some kind of further statement about the world I would like to live in. In this post, I write about the tools I now use and share some thoughts on the society in which I use them.
US Attorney General William Barr claims that 'making our virtual world more secure should not come at the expense of making us more vulnerable in the real world', failing to recognise that the virtual and real world are the same thing. Contrary to the popular retort, claiming back my privacy and caring about security is not about 'having something to hide', it's about having something worth protecting: everything. If you had told someone at the dawn of the world wide web that almost every mode of interaction would be mediated by it, they'd probably have called you crazy. It is specifically because they encompass everything we do that security around our digital lives is of paramount importance.
We live in an unprecedented era of surveillance where corporations are joining the State as a privacy and security adversary. These companies are eager to jigsaw the minuscule breadcrumbs of your life in order to sell your data and attention to advertisers. We've seen companies abusing their power or being so lackadaisical with the data they gather – frequently with only de-facto consent – that it ends up in the hands of others who are happy to abuse it. Given enough time, becoming the subject of a data breach is almost a given. How severely it impacts you depends on how well you protected your other assets.
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If your interest has been piqued, I've created a Twitter list that curates the messages of my favourite tools. Feel free to subscribe to it and dig around to find tools that work for you or to email me with suggestions, tips, or to chat further about this topic. I'd love to hear what you think.
For privacy to be widespread it must be part of a social contract. People must come and together deploy these systems for the common good. – A Cypherpunk's Manifesto
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