In today's online world, the decisions about just how much data we wish to share and with whom are increasingly made for us in the private sector. But the more transparent we become, the more vulnerable we are: privacy, or confidentiality of communications and data, are an essential factor in computer security.
Privacy is also an essential human and civil right. When governments intercept, collect, and analyze every virtual breath we take, how can we retain our right to live without fear of oppression, our freedom from unreasonable searches?
In this talk, we will look at a handful of tools that may help us secure your online communications and decrease the amount of (meta-)data available to any three-letter-agency. Some of the technologies we will cover include OTR messaging, PGP, SSL, Tor, and VPNs as well as general privacy impacting factors relevant to mobile devices and consumer products.
Update: The slides and links are now available here.