Configuring for security, privacy and convenience

Balancing security, privacy and convenience is not easy. I've spent quite a lot of time figuring out how to configure my various computer systems with this goal in mind. Computers are supposed to make our lives more convenient and you sometimes have to trade privacy for convenience e.g. Outlook processing emails to allow you to … Continue reading Configuring for security, privacy and convenience

The state of secure, encrypted messaging

Everyone should have an expectation of being able to communicate with someone else in a verifiably secure manner. I have a particular fascination with secure communications and encryption and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking through my own pragmatic approach to secure messaging. This is my write up of the current state of things … Continue reading The state of secure, encrypted messaging

Home Office Investigatory Powers regulations consultation response on encryption backdoors

This is my response to the UK Home Office consultation on the Draft Investigatory Powers (Technical Capability) Regulations 2017, not published online. The draft regulations imply that, once passed, there will be a legal requirement for communication providers to build backdoors into encrypted or otherwise secured systems so that the security services can access messages in real … Continue reading Home Office Investigatory Powers regulations consultation response on encryption backdoors