EFF Surveillance Self-Defense

At eff.org, they have posted an excellent series of tutorials, briefings, and overviews related to security. Click HERE to see them.

The current index includes;


  • An Introduction to Threat Modeling
  • Choosing Your Tools
  • Creating Strong Passwords
  • Keeping Your Data Safe
  • What Is Encryption?


  • How to: Circumvent Online Censorship
  • How to: Delete Your Data Securely
  • How to: Encrypt Your iPhone
  • How to: Encrypt Your Windows Device
  • How to: Install and Use ChatSecure
  • How to: Use KeePassX
  • How to: Use OTR for Mac
  • How to: Use OTR for Windows
  • How to: Use PGP for Linux
  • How to: Use PGP for Mac OS X
  • How to: Use PGP for Windows PC
  • How to: Use RedPhone (Android)
  • How to: Use Signal – Private Messenger
  • How to: Use TextSecure (Android)
  • How to: Use Tor for Windows


  • An Introduction to Public-Key Cryptography and PGP
  • Attending Protests (International)
  • Attending Protests (United States)
  • Choosing the VPN That’s Right for You
  • Communicating with Others
  • How Do I Protect Myself Against Malware?
  • Key Verification
  • Protecting Yourself on Social Networks
  • The Problem with Mobile Phones
  • Things to Consider When Crossing the US Border


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  • Online security veteran?
  • Activist or protester?
  • Human rights defender?

TrueCrypt is no longer secure

On 5/28/2014, the stuff hit the fan. The creator of TrueCrypt indicated that the product had been compromised and that users should use Microsoft Bitlocker. I use TrueCrypt…

A more detailed version of the story, with lots of geek comments, can be found at: http://it.slashdot.org/story/14/05/28/2126249/truecrypt-website-says-to-switch-to-bitlocker

There are so many problems with this story. My conclusion is that the NSA didn’t like the program.

For now, I am looking into the following sites;
List of alternatives
Another list of alternatives

I will update when I find a workable solution. For now, I will be using AxCrypt.