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Feb 22 2015   6:36PM GMT

On security: Trust no one

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

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Trust No One

You’ve heard it before and you’re going to hear it again from me. When it comes to using the internet, TRUST NO ONE. For anyone who may be receiving this data in some way other than reading it with your own eyes, that mantra is written in red, all caps, bold, italicized and underscored text. If you are connected to the internet, you have to assume that everyone and anyone can see everything and anything originating from your computer or other connected device. We write about security all the time. We promulgate all sorts of techniques and tips about how to be more secure on line. Sure, these things may protect you from hackers and common cybercriminals, but they will never protect you from the largest criminal organizations on the planet: NSA, GCHQ and other spy agencies. Your operating system is not secure; your software is not secure; your email is not secure. It’s questionable that any commercial hardware you use is secure.

Read these articles and decide for yourself:

Lenovo slipped “Superfish” malware into laptops: http://money.cnn.com/2015/02/19/technology/security/lenovo-superfish/

Schneier on NSA’s encryption defeating efforts: Trust no one: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2048268/schneier-on-nsas-encryption-defeating-efforts-trust-no-one.html

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/05/nsa-gchq-encryption-codes-security

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