What is keybase.io?

https://keybase.io  is hard to describe.  It started as a place for publishing someone’s public keys if you wanted to send someone an encrypted message or file. More recently it added a file system, with private and public folders.  The private folders are encrypted with user-generated keys that are not held by the keybase servers, so […]

Yes You Can [soapbox]

Talking about privacy and security, I recently heard Whit Diffie compare it to “talking about cancer” — it is a huge topic, and curing (all) cancer seems insurmountable.  What can any one person do about it?  It is so complex, so seemingly technical, and any normal person faced with the size of that mountain, cannot help […]

Your browser is telling on you

Whenever you visit a site on your browser, the standard browser setup (from factory) will not only be happy to let many sites track your activity, but reveals to that web site some interesting information about your browser: For example, see these checks (or google “browser privacy check”: http://mybrowserinfo.com/detail.asp?bhcp=1 https://ipinfo.info/html/privacy-check.php https://panopticlick.eff.org/  from EFF.org who bring […]

EFF.org privacy starter pack

Don’t know where or how to start?  EFF.org has prepared “playlists” for many roles, among them is https://ssd.eff.org/en/playlist/want-security-starter-pack. Here you can take the first steps in your privacy journey — take your time, bookmark the site, and take one bite at a time, chew on it, Want a security starter pack? Start from the beginning with […]

Thanks but no thanks, LATimes

Here is the choice:  show ads (and tracking your activity) or be denied access to the online content / information published by LATimes.   Sure it’s possible to slip your credit card through the paywall and read the news.   Today, you’re not that good nor that exclusive, so thanks but no thanks, I don’t […]


Signal encrypts “end to end”.  What that means is when your messages are in transit between sender and receiver, it is encrypted and is supposed to be protected against mass surveillance (listeners along the way).   Signal is like the envelope with your letter inside, rather than the postcard equivalent of most messaging systems today: […]