would like to write about protonmail.ch or protonmail.com

It might look like I am criticizing the project, while I do not. Apparently I have even donated them money.

Recently they’ve opened free registration, so you can get your protonmail.com address. Actually I do not understand why sometimes you get protonmail.com and sometimes protonmail.ch domain. Your username @ protonmail.com does not work as username@protonmail.ch and vice versa.

So, protonmail claims that they encrypt your mailbox, and only you can decrypt it. You need to have two passwords - first for the login, and second to decrypt the mailbox. If you happen to forget the second password, then your mailbox will be lost forever, you can create a new mailbox and encrypt it with different password.

It all seems very attractive, however there are questions:

— if the mailbox is encrypted, then when you receive the email, they cannot put it to the mailbox? Then they have to store it at some temporary location? Wait until you login to decrypt the mailbox, so that they can add the email to that mailbox while it’s temporarily decrypted?

— if there is such a state, then if they required to retrieve your emails, they can do that technically, when you are logged in? and when you are not logged in, they can make copies (again, technically) of your emails while they were not added to your mailbox?

— if you send emails to the other email provider, like google, then obviously, your email will be stored and never erased by google. that is why Protonmail suggests to send emails from proton to proton in order to stay safe.

#protonmail #mail #security #cryptography #privacy

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

here was a ted talk, i believe, and one guy from Sweden was saying - if somebody is watching me, i would prefer it to be local NSA, rather than US NSA.

Well, I envy him. He trusts local NSA so much. He believes that it’s not engaged in crime, corruption, unlawful activities. At least, it’s likely engaged less than the NSA of my country. Thus he feels himself more confident than me.

I am afraid of my local NSA more than of wolves, vampires, ghosts. It’s not they who might nock my door at 5am, when I am completely innocent. And definitely not US NSA. It’s my native, lovely, NSA. Which supposedly defends interests of the nation, but I am not quite sure it does not actually defend interests of other parties like their own, government, criminals instead. Sigh.

#safety #naive #sweden #nsa #privacy #surveillance #corruption #crime #confidence #security #freedom

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

i had a drive failure recently. not an issue since i have a backup. mostly my photos, some docs, i don’t remember what was there. i only did not have time to backup a couple of directories with photos of that day. and there was one picture which wasn’t bad, photo of a couple and i know they would be glad to get it. that’s why i fired photorec to recover files.

what’s interesting, is that i get many images i don’t remember about. then i understood that they come from the home directory backup i kept on that drive. and here it is, all my browsing history in a palm. all my interests, sites i have visited, everything in pictures from my browser cache. and it became very clear to me, that if i were logged in to google or facebook, they would have this too.

#privacy #surveillance

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

according to the new russian law, free wifi providers should gather information about those who use their wifi. in this particular case, access point at starbucks demands a phone number to send sms to it with code, which needs to be entered to that form in order to get internet connection. i. e. identification via phone number, and in orderbto get a phone number one has to provide passport information.

#anonymity #internet #russia #screenshot #surveillance #law #privacy #freedom

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

one guy from sweden, i believe, said in a talk (may be ted) related to surveillance, that if someone has to spy on him, he prefers it to be sweden service, not foreign.

well, amusing europeans. (: your secret services did not behave like kgb, and did not kill or send to siberia batches of people for the wrong word or even for nothing. of course you would prefer surveillance of your own state.

#privacy #surveillance #patriotism #freedom

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)

connecting to the piratebay from my hotel wifi. it asks to accept a self signed certificate issued by gibnet.ru. of course i did not, instead, via tor it did not require to accept any unknown certificate. if i would accept it they would be able to intercept my traffic. (:

#russia #security #privacy #thepiratebay #ssl #https #crypto #intercept #screenshot #freedom

բնօրինակ սփիւռքում(եւ մեկնաբանութիւննե՞ր)