Just a rant about privacy and a recommendation for encryption. if that's not your thing, no worries! Lots of other stuff to see on G+. :-)
But I'm starting to play with encryption. I'm tired of the thought that people are listening in on my cellular calls, and reading my texts, at random, just in the hope that I might say or type something that might inadvertently "classify" me as a "person of interest." Our corporations and governments are out of control, and this technology is now everywhere
. It's pervasive, it's used without restraint, and without oversight or reporting.
So I'm moving to encryption, and I'm making as many of my friends as possible aware of this in the event that you'd like to play with it too. It may not be something you use every day, but it's so easy to set up, and having it set up and available to you can make a huge difference in the future. There are free apps for this that are quite good, and they are Signal (IOS) and Redphone+Textsecure (Android.) I encourage you to download and install them, just so they're available to you, in case privacy starts to matter to you someday.
Monitoring and intrusive invasions of privacy seem to be happening with an ever-increasing frequency. In today's world, everything you say or do on an open cellular call or text can be monitored... both in the present, and in the past/future. The data is recorded and can be perused, reviewed and investigated by anyone at any time in the future, for any reason or no reason at all.
Most of us don't care about this, and if you don't, that's fine, you won't offend me at all. But I've seen enough, and heard enough, to convince me that we have only those rights that we can defend. And although the Constitution itself calls out no specific right to privacy, later amendments, and Supreme Court cases affirm what I think most of us understand in our hearts: It's wrong for another person to listen in on our private conversations, voice or text, at random and for no reason, in just the hope that they'll catch someone saying something that they view is wrong.
That whole mentality seems wrong to me.
OpenWhisper systems (https://whispersystems.org/
) is a donor-funded organization that has produced software for end-to-end encryption of calls and texts. It is free. It is open source. There are no ads. There is no cost. It is easy to use. It is tested and reviewed. And it works.
On IOS (Apple) the app is called "Signal" and you can get it here:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/signal-private-messenger/id874139669
On Android, there are separate apps for voice and text:
Gotta love those app IDs in the URLS. "Thoughtcrime". Wow.
These apps are considered to be highly secure. The EFF rates many top encrypted and communications apps, and you can see the scorecard here: https://www.eff.org/secure-messaging-scorecard
The green checkmarks say it all - and the number of red "X"s in the apps we all use today are chilling, to say the least.
Signal and Redphone/Textsecure interoperate, so you can communicate with people on either platform.
I and some of my friends have downloaded these apps, and are already using them. If this is something that interests you, follow the links above. Grab the apps. Install them. And then, give me a test call, or SMS. (PM me for info, if needed.)
You can read more about Signal here:https://ssd.eff.org/en/module/how-use-signal-%E2%80%93-private-messenger
I'm hoping many of you will join us online - and I hope you'll invite your own family members and friends to start using this very powerful way of protecting your privacy, and your life, from inappropriate invasion from any
P.S. I'm also on Protonmail (https://protonmail.ch/
), I'm a PGP user, and I'm a member of Silent Circle (https://silentcircle.com/
). In case any of you are in those ecosystems as well, let me know and add me!
And very special thanks to +Kirk Larsen
for the ongoing stream of news which has sounded the alarm to my ears, and convinced me of the need for these things. If you care about privacy and encryption, he is well worth following!