Facebook not lets you receive encrypted email messages, just add your PGP key to your Facebook profile. This is a good step in the right direction for making the internet a more secure place. But my main concern is not many people use PGP, so I doubt that a lot of people will make use of this feature. Of all the people I have met, one or two people have given PGP a go and they do not use apart from the occasional encrypted message.
Cryptosteel’s crowdfunding campaign is now live at Indiegogo! Lets get this project funded!
There are many benefits to using Bitcoin, one of them is that some merchants offer discounts if you pay in Bitcoin. This is because with Bitcoin, there are miniscule fees for sending money, and its also a lot faster and secure. For many merchants it is easier to use Bitcoin because they don’t have to pay a fee for every transaction and its quicker. As using Bitcoin is easier, safer and cheaper than using a credit card, many merchants offer discounts if you pay with Bitcoin. Bitdeals makes it easy to find deals for places that accept Bitcoin. As more companies accept Bitcoin, the list at Bitdeals will grow. Hopefully Bitcoin becomes the regular currency of the U.S and even the world.
What is it?
Bitsim is a secure token that lets any mobile phone become a Bitcoin wallet. The chip goes in the same slot that the sim card goes in, you can use your phone like normal because it leaves room for the sim card. Bitsim has a huge amount of potential, “There are over 7 Billion SIMs out there in the world that we can address with BitSIM, the opportunity is huge.” (Bitsim).
As always when I see a new piece of Bitcoin tech, I immediately want to get one to mess around with it. A small secure chip such as Bitsim can help spread Bitcoin all over because it lets any phone with a sim port become a wallet. Just insert the chip, there are no cables or adapters needed, so you can leave it in and never have to worry about it. This makes using Bitcoin extremely easy because when you have your phone your Bitcoin wallet is with you, all while being super secure. With Bitsim you phone becomes an ultra secure Bitcoin wallet.
Tutanota is another secure email service, that makes end to end encryption easy. One thing that stood out before I even made an account was that they published all their code on Github. What is nice about this is that anyone with the right skill can check the code and make sure it is secure and safe to use. Using Tuanota is quite straight forward, you register like any other email service. Then log in and your good to go and communicate securely. The majority of your information is encrypted, the only information that is not is the sender, recipient and date (which they are working on encrypting). Your emails are encrypted before they are sent to Tutanota‘s servers with AES 128 bit and RSA 2048. Another added bonus is that they strip your IP address from the email so that your location will remain hidden (they do not log IP addresses unless there is abuse to the system). Have more questions? Check out Tutanota‘s FAQ page here.
Tutanota ‘s approach to secure email is great! They have made all the code open source and public, allowing for anyone to review and check it. The team behind Tutanota has awesome ethics, “My aim is to fight mass surveillance. I write code to fight for our human right to privacy…” – Matthias (one of the developers). The ideas that Tutanota support is what really caused me to like them. There multiple services that offer secure and private email, Tutanota’s team adds a more personal element that draws me in. Special thanks to a reader who told me about Tutanota.
For these of you who don’t know what Tails is, it’s considered the most secure operating system. So secure that the NSA consider it a threat and Edward Snowden used it to protect his identity. It is a Linux distro designed with security and privacy in mind. It comes with many security/privacy related tools (see link here) that are extremely helpful in communicating securely and browsing the web anonymously. It leaves no trace on a computer that it boots from, so the majority of the computers out there can run it. Tails having a bitcoin wallet makes the computer world a lot more secure, as now you can store bitcoin in a saver environment and use it on any computer without worrying about security. Tails has to be one of my favorite Linux distros because you can use it to be super secure and safe, or have a portable secure computer that boots from a USB stick.