For those concerned about National Security Agency interception of commercial data—information that you might share with Facebook, Google, and other online outfits—the Electronic Frontier Foundation keeps a running tally of encryption measures implemented by such firms. Since the NSA often hacks into data links without any legal niceties, such encryption has the potential to dramatically improve security. Even when government officials come with rubber-stamp court authorization in hand, or other tools for compelling compliance, tools like the perfect forward secrecy recently implemented by Twitter can limit the snoops’ take. It can even make it impossible for companies to do as the official eavesdroppers ask. That’s important for American firms that find their ability to compete both locally and globally seriously hindered by assumptions that their data storage systems are effectively reading rooms for the NSA.
According to the EFF, the table above shows where major online firms stand at the moment in their encryption efforts. This is a moving target, of course, so keep checking back with the EFF for new developments.
Definition-wise, encrypted data center links are important, because the NSA has been tapping into the free flow of information between servers owned by companies like Google. Encrypting that flow means snoops will nab scrambled and incomprehensible information (unless they crack the encryption).
HTTPS provides a secure connection to Web pages, so that your activity is less easily observed.
HSTS is basically a more secure form of HTTPS.
Perfect Forward Secrecy encrypts each session you spend on a service like Facebook independently, so that even if snoops or hackers get access to one encryption key, they can’t retroactively decrypt everything you’ve done in the past.
STARTTLS is a means on encrypting communications between email servers. Those with their status listed in red, above, provide email to the public, making it a bigger deal than those whose status is in grey, and provide only internal email.
Of course, all of this could be bypassed if the government forces online companies to build in technology that eases wiretapping, which it has already done to telecoms. In that case, look to overseas services—or implement your own encryption.
My article Intellectual Property Is “Evil”-And Businesspeople Should Oppose It was published today in BAMSouth.com, my good friend Jack Criss’s new publication. This was a Q&A conducted by Jack with Stephan Kinsella
"We need to ban guns!" - People who love violence.
Keynes vs. Hayek round two
This is one of my favorite things on the internet
The way they showed the economy is organic (watch it all to find out) was unbelievable clever.
that the rights of the American people
come from the Constitution.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
|—||Jacob G. Hornberger [Our rights are inalienable; they exist independently of government, not because of government.] (via autonomouslibertarians)|
Thomas Jefferson (via autonomouslibertarians)
And sadly our founding fathers chose the latter.(via libertariantaoist)
Tell me some of your favorite breakfasts! I can think of a million things to eat at other times of the day, but I have a hard time with thinking of what would be good to eat for breakfast while eating Paleo.
I usually have “Bulletproof Coffee” for breakfast most days but when I do eat breakfast I either have eggs, bacon and sliced cucumber/carrots with MCT oil or I eat the left overs from last night’s dinner.
*Bulletproof Coffee is coffee blended with MCT oil and grass-fed butter. High in caffeine and good fats with the goal of staying in ketosis.
I really like the bulletproofexec’s food info-graphic (eat from the green side vs the red). You have to scroll down the page to see it.
I’m not 100% but I try to stick to a High Fat / Low Carb diet. I’m really working on going grain free and lowing my sugar intake. I’m also working on adding a higher variety of vegetables to my meals.
That’s a pretty good question, isn’t it? Today I was joined by David Beito, author of From Mutual Aid to the Welfare State, to pin down the answer.
What Is Economic Law? | Robert P. Murphy
Excerpted from Lecture 3 of “Basics of Economics: Action and Exchange”, which is available as an independent study course. Sign up for Dr. Murphy’s “Basics of Economics: An Introduction to the Free Market”, which starts in January 2014.