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Reset the Net

#ResetTheNet looks like a good campaign; certainly there are a lot of strange bedfellows!

More about the problem, solution, and the plan:

The problem
The NSA is exploiting weak links in Internet security to spy on the entire world, twisting the Internet we love into something it was never meant to be: a panopticon.

The solution
We can't stop targeted attacks, but we *can* stop mass surveillance, by building proven security into the everyday Internet.

The plan
First, get hundreds of sites & apps to add proven security (like SSL). Then on June 5, we'll run a splash screen *everywhere* to spread NSA-resistant privacy tools.

Well, I'm not going to run a splash screen because splash screens are obnoxious. But I will arrange for Corrente URL to change from the http:// protocol to the https:// protocol ("s" for secure) so at least I will be doing that little bit for the cause. From EFF:

HTTPS is a protocol that provides secure Internet transactions between web browsers and web sites. You can check to see if the web page you are visiting uses HTTPS by making sure that the URL at the top of your browser begins with HTTPS rather than HTTP. The "S" stands for secure. Some browsers also indicate that you are using a secure connection by displaying a closed lock in the corner of the browser.

HTTPS protects users from certain kinds of Internet surveillance. By encrypting your connection, HTTPS prevents eavesdroppers from seeing the contents of your communication with a website, including potentially sensitive data such as the contents of your email and chats, login credentials, search terms, and credit card numbers. Many sites support the use of HTTPS, but may not turn it on by default. Other sites have failed to implement HTTPS at all.

The rise of open wireless networks in coffee shops and libraries means that users are sharing network connections with strangers everyday, and tools like Firesheep and Wireshark make it a trivial matter for individuals with minimal technical knowledge to eavesdrop on what users are reading and writing online. To safeguard the privacy of our reading habits on the Internet, we need to encrypt the web. And that means websites - from online newspapers to social networks to email providers to online stores - need to take the initiative and start enabling HTTPS.

I should have implemented https already, so I'm thanking #ResetTheNet for the reminder.

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Submitted by DCblogger on

I have switched browsers to White Hat Aviator. It is secure and works well.

Submitted by lambert on

Last time I tried Tor Browser was two or three years ago and it was just too slow.

Now it's acceptably fast, though I'll want to try it in the daytime. I imagine that means there are more nodes in the Tor network, which would be good.

Except Google doesn't like it, and Corrente doesn't like it, some of the IPs have been caught by the honey spot spam blocker.

So maybe Tor for mail and ordering online, White Hat for all else...