Many people have the pesimistic attitude that they cannot remove themselves from the internet, that they cannot prevent others from learning something about them. This notion is false because people forget that the true power is in the consumer.

There used to be a concept called a webbug. It was a custom made image url that loaded to the same image. If you send an email with a custom url, when that url gets loaded, you know their IP. Scary, right?

Well that doesn’t work anymore, because of the good of some web developers at google. Now any image in gmail is loaded through gmail as a proxy. they can’t track you. (well there are other ways but figuratively it’s harder.

People deserve to know how their data is used, at a minimum, to consent to it. For instance, one should have to opt in, and be able to opt out. Users should switch to networks that give them this choice.

Here’s a snippet of an email on pgp encryption:

I’m glad to hear you’re interested in learning a little crypto. Here’s a short tutorial on mailvelope, a piece of software that makes it a little harder for people to read your email. When you send email, it goes around through the internet like a postcard, anyone can read it because you haven’t prevented them from doing so. Encryption means that you intend for only that recipient to read it, and you want to give them the sense of security that the message came to them untampered.

To install mailvelope on chrome or firefox, go to mailvelope.com, scroll down, and click the relevant link. Once it’s installed, you’ll see an icon in the top right corner. Click it and select options. You’ll see your “vault” of keys, which is currently empty.

To generate a key, you’ll provide a secure email to contact you and a password to protect your key while it sits inside your browser not being used. Just fill in the relevant information.

To import a key, search for it or request it. My key can be found at keybase.io/thetoxicarcade and at pgp.mit.edu. When you import from another source you’ll have to copy and paste the key into the import dialogue. If you got my key in an email, mailvelope will highlight it to import it.

To compose a message, hit the button that appears in your compose window. You’ll have the opportunity to sign the message with your key or encrypt with mine. Both help make the world a little safer!

To read a message, mailvelope will automatically highlight it. You’ll be able to verify if a message was signed by me and has not been tampered with, and you’ll be able to read messages that can only be read by you.

As a last note, Please back up your key by selecting it and clicking “display key pair”. You can create a file and save it to a physical media (flashdrive, hard drive), but you shouldn’t upload it to any backup service on the internet. You can also share your public key by selecting “display public key” and submitting it to pgp.mit.edu or creating an account on keybase.io

Best of Luck encrypting!

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