Gmail: confidential mode

This popped up in my gmail today, that it’s possible to add certain levels of confidential handling including expiration (message to be deleted after some period of time you choose) password (send by SMS text) protected messages and other features – Below is what I could see in the pop-up window describing these features.  The […]

A Logical Approach to YOUR Security: Five Questions

Security and privacy are such big (heavy) topics that many might feel overwhelmed thinking about everything people are telling you “you have to do this (or that)”.   I’d like to encourage you to take useful approach of asking yourself five questions: What private information do YOU want to protect?  What do you CARE about, that […]

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 […]


Encryption of messages is sometimes not enough.  If you don’t want to leave a trail of evidence that leads back to your door,  “Off the Record” communications can be very handy when messages self-destruct.  Some of you might be old enough to remember Peter Graves watching the tape player push out a cloud of smoke […]


Protonmail brags that it is “NSA proof”.   It does have some interesting features, and is based in the time-honored nexus of privacy:  Switzerland (remember the swiss numbered bank account?  no names necessary !). Self-destructing messages (you schedule the date / time) are a nice feature.   Features are listed on their product page; I […]