It's Allgood, Serra

Posts from Serra C. Allgood concerning tech, people, and the intersection between

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End-to-End Encrypted (E2EE) Messengers

Part 1 in this series is here

Before you read this blog post, read this from privacytools.io. (A great place for, well, what it says on the tin.) The post talks about understanding your threat model, choosing what your goals are, etc. Because this series is for Real People though, I'm going to assume:

  1. You aren't a journalist or activist and don't need to hide your communication from governments.
  2. You're interested in securing everyday sensitive conversations, the ones you have with your partner about wanting to get pregnant (so you don't suddenly get ads on Facebook for diapers) or the ones you have with your friends about whose turn it is to buy a sack (because paranoid stoners don't get caught) or the ones with your latest Tinder hookup where you share your most intimate and disgusting kinks (because you're just sick). (Just kidding, no kink-shaming here.)
  3. You want multi-device support with minimal hassle. (This is the trickiest assumption, by the way. The end-to-end in e2ee means each end has to have its own private key. So coordinating multiple devices that represent a single user agent is actually a non-trivial problem.)
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I read this bit on Status Updates to Nobody that I really liked, so I'm going to start doing it.

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Becoming aware that you've lost focus, then consciously abandoning whatever has captured it and shifting back to a constant source, is literally the entire practice of meditation.

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Caveat emptor: I know just enough about cryptography to be dangerous to my own security practices, so take this with a grain of salt and do your own research!

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