The Email Self Defense Project

The Free Software Foundation has a new project aimed at getting people to install and use email encryption software. They have published a guide and infographic that demonstrates in simple terms how (and why) to set up GnuPG and then how to use it. They have versions for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.

It's not very technical but will probably still be too difficult for your Aunt Millie. Of course, that's why she has you. The real difficulty, as I've said before, is to convince people to take the trouble.

There's an interesting project trying to address that problem. End-To-End is a Chrome extension that adds end-to-end encryption. Since Aunt Millie probably uses something like Gmail, this may be an easy way to get her using encryption. The extension is still being developed and not yet available (although they have released the source code) but it does bear watching. Some commentators have issues with this particular implementation but it does demonstrate what must be done: the day to day use has to be transparent or Aunt Millie simply won't use it.

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  • groov

    my comment is the only way I found to ask a question about org2blog !
    I can't figure out how to insert an external link. When I do it (C-c C-l, org-insert-link), insert my url (http://www.…) and then call publish, my link is prepended with the name of my blog (it becomes I understand this is a feature for filenames and images, but I didn't specify it to be a file, it's just a normal org link.

    Did you have to do something special to make that work ?

    thx !!

    • groov

      but when I look into the wordpress editor, the link looks good O_o
      if I edit it, no way, it still gets prepended.

      • groov

        actually it seemed good but was not, I had to delete it and do it again.