Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Nov 2013 23:46 UTC
Internet & Networking

"We can end government censorship in a decade," Schmidt said during a speech in Washington. "The solution to government surveillance is to encrypt everything."

Setting aside the entertaining aspect of the source of said statement, I don't think encryption in and of itself is enough. Encryption performed by companies is useless, since we know by now that companies - US or otherwise - are more than eager to bend over backwards to please their governments.

What we need is encryption that we perform ourselves, so that neither governments nor companies are involved. I imagine some sort of box between your home network and the internet, that encrypts and decrypts everything, regardless of source or destination. This box obviously needs to run open source software, otherwise we'd be right back where we started.

Is something like that even possible?

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RE: Safeplug
by WereCatf on Fri 22nd Nov 2013 09:06 UTC in reply to "Safeplug"
WereCatf
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2006-02-15

Safeplug is an attempt at such a product.. dont know how good or reliable it is though.. uses Tor network.


Pfft, what a load of rubbish. It does nothing to stop websites from identifying you based on your cookies, fonts, browser, screen resolution and all the other myriad things that can be combed for statistics nor does it address the issue that you can rarely trust the other end -- ie. the company -- from shelling out your details just as well. Safeplug only creates a false sense of security by trying to latch on to Tor's back. You need much more than that if you really want anonymous browsing.

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RE[2]: Safeplug
by Nagilum on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 16:54 in reply to "RE: Safeplug"
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2009-07-01

Obvously you create a tor user which has it's own (browser) profile et al. And you don't share any logins/bookmarks between your normal browser and the tor browser.

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