100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 15 – Taking a Stand

There are a lot of organizations fighting for your freedoms when it comes to digital rights. But the oldest and most effective is perhaps the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

From their site:

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. We work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows.

Even in the fledgling days of the Internet, EFF understood that protecting access to developing technology was central to advancing freedom for all. In the years that followed, EFF used our fiercely independent voice to clear the way for open source software, encryption, security research, file sharing tools, and a world of emerging technologies.

Today, EFF uses the unique expertise of leading technologists, activists, and attorneys in our efforts to defend free speech online, fight illegal surveillance, advocate for users and innovators, and support freedom-enhancing technologies.

Together, we forged a vast network of concerned members and partner organizations spanning the globe. EFF advises policymakers and educates the press and the public through comprehensive analysis, educational guides, activist workshops, and more. EFF empowers hundreds of thousands of individuals through our Action Center and has become a leading voice in online rights debates.

EFF is a donor-funded US 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends on your support to continue fighting for users.

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Using Text Files to Keep Organized

I recently came across this old article on using various text files to stay organized. In the past I have tried many ToDo apps with little success. So I have been using a slightly modified version mentioned in the article with great success. One big help is some quick and dirty aliases I added to my .bashrc file which are all kept in a directory called “daily”. You can name them as you wish. My next move is to put them in my ownCloud sync directory.

The .bashrc aliases:

#Daily txt files I write to for various reasons
alias todo='vim ~/Documents/daily/todo'
alias onething='vim ~/Documents/daily/one-thing/today_$(date +%Y%m%d)'
alias journal='vim ~/Documents/daily/journal/journal_$(date +%Y%m%d)'
alias writedaily='vim ~/Documents/daily/write-every-day'
alias ideas='vim ~/Documents/daily/ideas'
alias done='vim ~/Documents/daily/done'
alias actionplan='vim ~/Documents/daily/action-plan'

100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 14 – I2P Network

We have previously covered Tor which is perhaps the most popular decentralized overlay anonymity network (DarkNet) in the world.

Today we’ll cover I2P, which is a decentralized overlay network much like Tor in many ways. But with more features built into it.

From I2P site:

 

  • I2P is an anonymous overlay network – a network within a network. It is intended to protect communication from dragnet surveillance and monitoring by third parties such as ISPs.

  • I2P is used by many people who care about their privacy: activists, oppressed people, journalists and whistleblowers, as well as the average person.

I2P offers features like blogging, forums, email, anonymous sites and more. It is a younger project than Tor but has many promising advances and features when compared. It is a great addition to your privacy arsenal.

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100 Days to Privacy Online: Day 13 – Tails

Towards the beginning of this series we covered Tor. Today we are covering Tails (The Amnesic Incognito Live System), a live operating system that can be run from USB stick, DVD, or SD card. It runs Tor and can be used to maintain maximum privacy since it routes all traffic through Tor.

What you’ll need:

Once you have a USB stick download and install Tails.

After you have installed Tails you want to plug it into your computer and reboot. Be sure to go into your BIOS and make USB your first boot device. Or (if applicable) hit the key to select boot order at startup.

When you have booted into Tails you will have the option to set an Administrative password by clicking Yes. This will allow you to install additional software and make system changes. For most users needs this will not be needed.

If you wish to save files encrypted to the USB drive you will need to enable persistence.

Download and Install Tails

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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