It is really hard sometimes to tell the difference between fiction and daily news.
Fourth Amendment right to privacy (not in the U.S.).
Now we are getting word that TrueCrypt has closed down and no one really knows why.
Read the story and then the comments. We are all paranoid – and with damned good reasons. NSA, CIA, FBI, Fusion Centers, Homeland InSecurity. Plus so many others.
Well why should we care? We aren’t drug dealers nor do we use drugs. We pay our taxes and drive the speed limit. We stop at red lights when there are no cars on the road at 2 a.m. Ah but for sure there is some secret rule we are breaking. It is estimated that each day we commit at least three felony crimes. There’s a book on that subject on Amazon.com. Ralph Nader is one of the authors.
Cops can do just about anything to we the people – including murder us in our own homes (because an informant gave the wrong address as his get out of jail card.)
Anyway back to TrueCrypt closing up shop. One rumour out there on the net is that the website was hacked. http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2014/05/28/truecrypt_hack/#c_2200085
On the TrueCrypt website there are instructions on how to migrate files from TrueCrypt to BitLocker which is a Microsoft product available to use if you pay the extra cost for the MS Window 8. BitLocker is also on Windows 7. BitLocker is closed sourced but is it secure from the NSA? It might be but to use it you need a Windows 8 computer and an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Some people are finding that option a bit stinky.
There are things that we really do need to keep private – like financial records and perhaps business records. But of course NSA doesn’t accept any of those privacy reasons. We are told that the NSA keeps and stores encrypted files until the encryption can be broken.
We have a villain in this fiction-non-fiction master piece someone is writing. Seems like another plot from a Sci-fi novel.
Something is happening in the security world. Security experts are being threatened for doing their jobs – checking websites for security flaws. No one is telling exactly who is doing the threatening.
One recommendation is to migrate to Linux – dual operating system for the must have Windows program and Linux for the rest. Banking using Linux and secure browsers – and we are now way out of most computer users comfort zones.
For the Linux system and encryption – use LUX/dm-crypt
Now the skeptical and the folks that believe anything the military dictatorship tells them – will say that if you need encryption then you must be a bad person. Fine to the skeptics go and post all of your personal information on line – your SS#, you DL#, all of your CC#, your birthday. Post all of your banking information and all of you pass words. Post your sexual history or lack of sexual history. Post a copy of anything that would prove who you are – like transcripts and medical history. Is there something you don’t want anyone to know? Post that – if you really have nothing to hide. Some stuff is private and should remain private. How much of this information does the NSA have on politicians? This is a question that a whole lot of people are asking.
How is this part of our history going to read century from now? Strange or accepted by the masses?
Additional links & Link updates:
http://www.usbcrypt.com/ encryption of thumb drives & back up drives (USB connected).
How to encrypt almost anything. We need to face facts and just do it – encrypt our stuff that is. You cannot imagine how much it angers me to give this advice. The faceless hackers are one kind of monster but we have a lot more to deal with. IF we want to use the Internet, do our banking, shop online keep in contact with our friends – just the normal 21st Century stuff.
The comment below is from the first Techdirt.com link. The difference between secret and private.
It isn’t about “hiding” anything. It’s about privacy, and knowing your data is safe.
I have backups of my financial records (and other related personal items) on a thumbdrive, and it’s with me at all times. It’s my “backup of last resort” in case all my other backups are lost. (Due to fire, flooding, etc., all of which have affected me in the past.) If everything else fails, I always know I’ll have a backup of my most irreplaceable records with me.
And I encrypt it. Heavily. Not because I’m trying to “hide” it, but because it’s personal. Yes, I want to keep it out of the hands of any who would try to use it for nefarious purposes, but I also just want to know that a stranger can’t peruse my personal information if they get their hands on the drive. If the drive is lost or stolen, I don’t want to give a second thought to the information on it; I know it’s encrypted far beyond the point of practical recovery.
Not only that, but it’s also protected from situations we see more of these days, where any random traffic stop is “cause” to try to pry through every digital device in or near your control. I’d probably be perfectly willing to provide the password to law enforcement—upon receipt of a valid, narrow, and properly executed warrant (and after speaking with my lawyer)—but I rest easier knowing I have at least that level of control.
Again, it’s not secret, it’s private, and that’s a distinction that doesn’t get as much notice as it deserves. Even a person with “nothing to hide” has things they’d prefer to keep private. Different things for different people, to be sure, but taking steps to safeguard ones privacy in the modern digital world is something that each person should be able to do in a way they feel is appropriate.
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