Category Archives: Privacy

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 12 – Bitmessage

Most people who use email know it is not very secure. It’s been compared to mailing someone a postcard. Meaning anyone who gets a hold of it can read it. Yesterday we covered using Mailvelope to encrypt emails using PGP. Today we discuss Bitmessage.

From Bitmessage site:

Bitmessage is a P2P communications protocol used to send encrypted messages to another person or to many subscribers. It is decentralized and trustless, meaning that you need-not inherently trust any entities like root certificate authorities. It uses strong authentication which means that the sender of a message cannot be spoofed, and it aims to hide “non-content” data, like the sender and receiver of messages, from passive eavesdroppers like those running warrantless wiretapping programs.

You can use Bitmessage for direct contact or use it for the equivalent of an email list that they call “channels”.

Download Bitmessage

Help Installing Bitmessage

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 11 – Mailvelope for Encrypting Email

Mailvelope is a Firefox plugin to add PGP encryption to any webmail provider. PGP stand for Pretty Good Privacy and is a standard means of public key cryptography. This plugin allows you to use it without the need for using an email client.

You can also use Mailvelope to encrypt files.

When you visit a common webmail provider you will see the Mailvelope icon in the compose box:

This will open the Mailvelope editor to compose message in. The reason is to secure it from the email provider prior to encryption.

Add Mailvelope to Your Browser

Detailed Install and Usage Instructions

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 10 – Using SearX for Privacy Friendly Search

Let’s face it. Search engines collect a lot of information about us to use for advertising and other reasons. For those trying to have privacy it can be tough going. We have covered DuckDuckGo in our first day’s post. But wanted to get into more detail. A good option for search is using a SearX installation or even run your own.

SearX is what is referred to as a Meta Search Engine allowing you to search multiple engine like Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo and more. You can go into preferences and choose which search engines to use. Along with having great files, news, and social media search options.

By using an installation that does not log visitors you are able to search all major resources without them building profiles on you or saving your search history. All searches look like they come from the SearX install.

Try SearX on https://cryptocartel.com

(Tor hidden service: http://wscvq7ru5saua556.onion)

See Day 2 for more on Tor.