[clug-talk] Online Privacy
gustin at echostar.ca
Fri Jun 19 14:59:41 PDT 2009
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Jesse Kline wrote:
> With news that the federal government is introducing legislation that
> would make it easier for big brother to spy on Internet users
> I'm trying to put together a list of open source software that can be
> used to thwart this invasion of privacy on the part of the government.
> So far I've got GnuPG (http://www.gnupg.org/) for e-mail/file
> encryption, as well as Tor (http://www.torproject.org/) for anonymous
> web surfing. Can the group recommend any other pieces of software that
> helps preserve privacy on the Internet?
While not Internet related, it does protect your files, is open source,
*and* is cross platform.
TOR is not as good as you think it is. There are known attacks against
TOR, it is also slow and eats a ton of your bandwidth for mild gain.
The problem is political and should be dealt with politically. The next
step will be to outlaw the tools to protect our privacy. A
technological solution *at best* buys us a little time but does not
solve the underlying problem.
Actually the real problem is that too few people understand the problem
and even fewer care.
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