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[6]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 09:53 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510
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2011-05-12

Not my thing, but I did come across this tip yesterday:

vi -x <file>

It will then ask for an encryption key (twice) and create an encrypted text file. To decrypt just vi <file> without a switch and it will ask you again for the key.

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RE[7]: Comment by MOS6510
by Lennie on Sat 23rd Nov 2013 10:43 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by MOS6510"
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2007-09-22

That is actually a pretty good idea.

It used Blowfish, not a bad choice. But how secure it is depends a lot on the length of your key though.

Never noticed it was available. I'm a nvi user not vim.

So I checked out, vim-tiny, it is actually smaller than nvi. Maybe I should switch, as nvi isn't maintained anymore.

But vim-tiny does not have support for the encryption though, to bad. It's a cool feature.

Edited 2013-11-23 10:43 UTC

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