Als ich klein war, gab es einen Witz in Norddeutschland: Zwei Polizeibeamte finden vor dem Gymnasium eine männliche Leiche. Beim Aufschreiben des Sachverhaltes fragt der Eine den Anderen. Hey, wie schreibt man Gymnasium? Hm … weiss ich auch nicht. Komm, wir schleifen ihn vor die Post!” Auf der einen Seite ist das natürlich clever, weil …
In part 1 of this new blog post series, I explained what one’s “digital home” is and why one might want to secure it. In this blog post, we’ll start with the foundation of a secure life — identity. What’s a digital ID? We use and depend on digital goods and services everywhere, in our … Continue reading Securing your digital home – Part 2: Identity
With the recent news concerning the arrest of Marcus Hutchins — the security researchers who stopped the biggest-ever ransomware attack — I’ve been thinking (more than usual) about the ethics of software development. But before we go into that, who’s Marcus Hutchins and what did he really do? Hutchins, is a so-called security researcher which … Continue reading Should developers be responsible for potentially harmful software?
Your own digital privacy and security is incredibly important these days. So many aspects of our day-to-day life rely on digital services. I don’t think you would ever leave the door unlocked to your home while you’re away, leave you bedroom window blinds open while you’re sleeping or broadcast your private conversations over speakers on … Continue reading Securing your digital home – part1: overview
Up until a few weeks ago I never used tools like password managers or digital keychains to keep track of my passwords, recovery codes etc. I’ve had a system in my head for each service and password where I consistently could (kind of) encrypt each password into a 16 character long string. All passwords were … Continue reading Padlock – my new password manager
Having a basic understanding of encryption and digital signatures has become important as history has repeatedly taught us that we can’t trust everyone on the Internet (e.g. Internet service providers, email services etc.). This blog post will try to explain in a non-technical way how encryption and digital signatures work and why something called “private … Continue reading Non-technical explanation of encryption and digital signatures
I have for the longest of times been a Firefox user. I love what Mozilla, the foundation behind Firefox, has done to bring more freedom, transparency, privacy and security to the web. But there’s a lot more work to be done because online monetization is centered around tracking user behavior by compromising on users’ privacy … Continue reading Brave – my new web browser
In the past few weeks I’ve written about that blockchains are a kind of distributed ledger, and how they can be useful. But in these posts I left with a few unanswered questions that I’ll try to answer here. So far everything about blockchains seem wonderful. Blockchains will allow software, people and organisations to transact … Continue reading What’s the cost of using blockchains?
Have you heard about the latest Wikileaks release called Vault 7? The short version: If you ever were sceptic about “USA is spying on everyone on the Internet” you can stop being sceptic now… Since 7 March we know, for a fact, that they’re capable of hacking into, listening and recording on pretty much any […]
Free software is software that respects users’ freedom and the community around them. Users of such software are able to use, copy, distribute, study, change or improve the software. “Free” in this case refers to the freedom, not the price, of the software. “Free software” does not mean “non-commercial”. A free program must be available […]