I’ve written hundreds of posts and full length articles over the years, and most of them have run along a common thread: entertaining or “cool” stuff. That’s good and well, and I’ll continue to dazzle you (and myself) with the wide range of great stuff I find. Today, though, I want to talk about something slightly different; something that concerns all of us… us citizens of the internet: privacy.
I’m going to spare you the massive lecture, and my feelings on this or that organization, but I will say that if privacy is important to you, then unfortunately the time has come where you must actively do something about it. It’s not enough to simply go about your day and ignore the constant erosion of your personal privacy, in the hopes that someday this will change. It won’t.
Private Communication, on my Internets?
I always pretend that people ask me what they can possibly do, and where they could possibly start when it comes to safeguarding what’s left of their personal privacy, and my imaginary reply goes something like this:
If you don’t want outsides reading your conversations, use Cryptocat.
It’s a secure, highly encrypted means of communicating with friends and family, and better yet – it’s completely free. The creator has even done one better and saved me a long (and probably poorly explained) explanation of how it actually works, and what it can and can not do. In fact, he’s even done it using a cutesy video game inspired video.
Under the simple interface and cutesy aesthetic is an extremely useful tool, and I encourage everyone to give it a try. I know, it’s not Facebook… but what it lacks in glitz, glam, and time-line photos, it makes up for in good old fashioned utility. I only hope that eventually this is rolled into a full blown chat client, like MSN, AIM, or ICQ. I’ve heard rumors that it will be, and I’m certainly looking forward to it.