The Majority of IT Security Professionals Believe Encryption Backdoors are Ineffective and Potentially Dangerous

In a recent Venafi survey of 296 IT security pros, 91 percent of those surveyed said cybercriminals could take advantage of government-mandated encryption backdoors. 72 percent of the respondents do not believe encryption backdoors would make their nations safer from terrorists.

Only 19 percent believe the technology industry is doing enough to protect the public from the dangers of encryption backdoors. 81 percent feel governments should not be able to force technology companies to give them access to encrypted user data. 86 percent believe consumers don’t understand issues around encryption backdoors.

“Giving the government backdoors to encryption destroys our security and makes communications more vulnerable,” said Kevin Bocek, chief security strategist for Venafi.

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ProtonMail now includes Bitcoin Support

ProtonMail is a popular and highly-respected email provider that offers excellent privacy. I have written before about the advantages of ProtonMail. See http://bit.ly/2wfhD6G for a list of my past articles about ProtonMail.

Now ProtonMail has introduced a new feature that apparently has been requested for some time. In order to improve privacy even more, customers may now pay for ProtonMail accounts by using Bitcoin, the semi-anonymous (see the footnote below) cryptocurrency. Quoting from the ProtonMail Blog at https://protonmail.com/blog/bitcoin-secure-email/:

“Starting from version 3.11 of ProtonMail, it is now possible to pay for premium ProtonMail secure email account using Bitcoin. We have designed the payment system to work seamlessly so that Bitcoin payments are automatically converted to ProtonMail credits which can be used to pay for upgrades, pay invoices, or top up your account. This feature was long overdue, so we are glad to finally introduce this.

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Use Guerrilla Mail to Create a Disposable Temporary E-Mail Address

Avoid spam and stay safe – use a disposable email address! Yes, using a one-time email address can save you from a lifetime of spam mail, questionable “unbelievable offers,” and similar junk mail. Even better, using a temporary e-mail address can hide your activities from government spies or from your ex-wife’s attorney.

They can’t track you if they don’t know it is you.

Actually, anyone can create a temporary e-mail address by simply signing up for an address at Gmail or Yahoo Mail or some other free email service. Use it once or perhaps for a few days, then stop using it. The drawback is that most of these services insist that you provide some real information about yourself, such as your normal email address. Private? Not really. Guerrilla Mail is especially useful because it does not require any registration or personal information.

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When Visiting Political, Religious, Sexual, Drug-Related, or other Controversial Web Sites, Always Use a VPN

This is a bit of a follow-up to the previous article, Trump Administration Demands Data on over a Million Visitors to anti-Trump Site.

The Trump administration is demanding web host provider Dreamhost turn over the logs of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website it hosts, the company has revealed. The demand asks for the IP addresses and other information that could be used to identify anyone who visited the site. “The request from the DOJ demands that DreamHost hand over 1.3 million visitor IP addresses — in addition to contact information, email content, and photos of thousands of people — in an effort to determine who simply visited the website,” the company said in its blog post. The warrant, DreamHost argues, would also require it to hand over any communications that are even tangentially related to the website.

Such a request has a chilling effect on the rights of free speech, the rights of association, and numerous other rights that Americans have enjoyed for more than 200 years.

The request probably is illegal and also displays an appalling ignorance of the technology involved. In short, the politicians apaprently are not aware that anyone who uses a VPN (virtual private network) or Tor networking has a hidden IP address.

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Trump Administration Demands Data on over a Million Visitors to anti-Trump Site

I assume this is for the purpose of generating reprisals? In any case, this would set a huge precedent for invasion of privacy simply for visiting a web site.

The Trump administration is demanding web host provider Dreamhost turn over the logs of over 1.3 million visitors to an anti-Trump website it hosts, the company has revealed.

News of the Justice Department order landed Monday when the company took an unusual step of announcing that it had been in talks with the government to clarify and narrow the search warrant in an effort to comply, but had failed to reach an amicable resolution.

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