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HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox and Chrome extension that encrypts your communications with many major websites, making your browsing more secure. Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today. HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation .
This week EFF released a new version its HTTPS Everywhere extension for the Firefox browser and debuted a beta version of the extension for Chrome. EFF frequently recommends that Internet users who are concerned about protecting their anonymity and security online use HTTPS Everywhere, which encrypts your communications with many websites, in conjunction with Tor , which helps to protect your anonymity online. But the best security comes from being an informed user who understands how these tools work together to protect your privacy against potential eavesdroppers. Whenever you read your email, or update your Facebook page, or check your bank statement, there are dozens of points at which potential adversaries can intercept your Internet traffic. By using Tor to anonymize your traffic and HTTPS to encrypt it, you gain considerable protection, most notably against eavesdroppers on your wifi network and eavesdroppers on the network between you and the site you are accessing.
The New Year is upon us, and you might be partaking in the tradition of making a resolution for the coming year. This year, why not make a resolution to protect your data privacy with one of the most powerful tools available? Commit to full disk encryption on each of your computers. Many of us now have private information on our computers: personal records, business data, e-mails, web history, or information we have about our friends, family, or colleagues. Encryption is a great way to ensure that your data will remain safe when you travel or if your laptop is lost or stolen. Best of all, it's free.
To most people, 10,000 slivers of shredded paper are as good as trash. To three coders in San Francisco, they're a challenge - especially when the jumbled mass of paper once made up five classified government documents. The three were not hackers trying to steal state secrets, but participants in a contest run by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency , the government group that funds high-tech military research. In October, DARPA offered $50,000 to the first group to piece together the shredded documents or the one that made the most progress by Dec. 4.
EFF's technology development and research projects aim to improve the rights of free expression, security, and privacy on the internet. All of our work is released under free and open source licenses such as the GNU General Public License or Creative Commons licenses. We welcome your code patches and other contributions! HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox extension that makes Firefox use HTTPS to the greatest extent possible, for sites that support HTTPS. We also have an article describing How to Deploy HTTPS Correctly . The SSL Observatory is a view of the state of HTTPS deployment in the IPv4 address space.
Online freedom advocates blasted the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on Monday, angry that the digital rights group accepted money for its annual awards ceremony from Palantir, a secretive data mining software firm involved in a convoluted plot to bring down Wikileaks. Palantir, which has made hundreds of millions of dollars selling high-end data analysis tools to secretive govenerment agencies, was exposed in February as being party to an attempt to win a federal contract to wage a disinformation and hacking campaign against Wikileaks and its supporters, including journalists and Anonymous. The company is the premier sponsor of the EFF’s award ceremony Tuesday. In a presentation unearthed by Anonymous hackers, someone at Palantir used the company’s powerful software to create a visualization of a Wikileaks support network.
Commentary by Seth Schoen and Eva Galperin What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm. What’s worse than discovering that someone has launched a man-in-the-middle attack against Iranian Google users, silently intercepting everything from email to search results and possibly putting Iranian activists in danger? Discovering that this attack has been active for two months.
For several months, EFF has been following the movement around Bitcoin , an electronic payment system that touts itself as "the first decentralized digital currency." We helped inform our members about this unique project through our blog and we experimented with accepting Bitcoin donations for several months in an account that was started by others. However, we’ve recently removed the Bitcoin donation option from the Other Ways to Help page on the EFF website, and we have decided to not accept Bitcoins. We decided on this course of action for a few reasons: 1. We don't fully understand the complex legal issues involved with creating a new currency system.
Your digital camera may embed metadata into photographs with the camera's serial number or your location . Your printer may be incorporating a secret code on every page it prints which could be used to identify the printer and potentially the person who used it. If Apple puts a particularly creepy patent it has recently applied for into use, you can look forward to a day when your iPhone may record your voice, take a picture of your location, record your heartbeat, and send that information back to the mothership. This is traitorware: devices that act behind your back to betray your privacy.
August 2009 By Andrew J. Blumberg and Peter Eckersley , August 2009