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Posts Tagged ‘Privacy’

Baby Steps: A Starter Guide to Encrypting Your Email

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. 

Some things to remember:  Read more

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Congressman Asks SOPA Opponents to Help Draft Mobile Privacy Law

Reddit, one of the main leaders in the anti-SOPA blackout, has become the go-to place for one lawmaker. Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia has turned to the Reddit community for input on how to create mobile privacy legislation. He announced his AppRights.us initiative on Reddit yesterday, saying, “It’s an open, bottom-up approach to drafting legislation that will protect the privacy of mobile device users.” Hoping to engage the technology community after the SOPA/PIPA debacle, Johnson is inviting netizens to share their thoughts on the AppRights website and through discussion on Reddit. Read more

Two Privacy Settings To Change To Get More Facebook Subscribers

The other day, I was wondering why the number of Facebook subscribers I had was not growing at all organically. After some sleuthing, and the help of a friend, I was able to change two privacy settings around. Since then, my Facebook subscribers have begun to grow organically (albeit slowly).

The first thing to do is, of course, enable subscribers. Facebook’s directions for doing that can be found here.

The first privacy setting to change is called “Who can look up your timeline by name or contact info?” That can be found in your main privacy settings page under the “How You Connect” tab. Read more