If you aren’t thinking about privacy or ‘magical immunity juice’ these days, you should be. And you should be encrypting your emails. Not the letters home or weekend plans (although that might be useful, too), but the important stuff. Professionally, that means your communication with sources. Knowing how to encrypt your correspondence means being serious about what you do.

Don’t think so? Listen to this segment from NPR’s On the Media about how Glenn Greenwald almost didn’t get to talk to Edward Snowden because he couldn’t be bothered with security details. You want to be a rockstar? Get technical. 

There are lots of resources out there to get you started, but you should commence with this handy how-to by Alan Henry over at Lifehacker. Don’t get bogged down by all the acronyms — PGP, GPG, WTF? — just download the plug-ins and get started.  I asked him a few questions via email this week to help explain some of the kinks I was running into as a lay(wo)man. 

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