Secure your information with a passphrase

A passphrase is like a password, but longer and more secure. In essence, it’s an encryption key that you memorize. Once you start caring more deeply about your privacy and improving your computer security habits, one of the first roadblocks you’ll run into is having…

When you know you are being watched

A poll in 13 countries by Amnesty International reveals how most people oppose surveillance of citizens but are less concerned about the targeting of foreign nationals. Knowing we are being watched may also be restricting our use of the Internet to obtain health advice. Guardian

Poitras, Snowden and Encryption

“If I wasn’t already up to speed with using encryption, this leak might never have happened,” she says. “It was necessary.” Wired.

Code Red

A four-month consultation begins today to explore options for a major new global initiative to support the fight against unlawful and excessive surveillance by national security organisations. The Privacy Surgeon

NSA wants all the internet

The NSA’s mass surveillance is just the beginning. Documents from Edward Snowden show that the intelligence agency is arming America for future digital wars — a struggle for control of the Internet that is already well underway. Der Spiegel

Prying Eyes: Inside the NSA’s War on Internet Security

US and British intelligence agencies undertake every effort imaginable to crack all types of encrypted Internet communication. The cloud, it seems, is full of holes. The good news: New Snowden documents show that some forms of encryption still cause problems for the NSA. Der Spiegel

Secure it all

Web Encryption Gets Stronger and More Widespread: 2014 in Review EFF

Freedom on the Net 2014

Freedom on the Net 2014 – the fifth annual comprehensive study of internet freedom around the globe, covering developments in 65 countries that occurred between May 2013 and May 2014 –finds internet freedom around the world in decline for the fourth consecutive year, with 36 out…

You can trust GCHQ

“So a secretive court thinks that secret safeguards shown to it in secret are an adequate protection of our privacy.” BBC