TrueCrypt is an on-the-fly encryption product, which had a great reputation among privacy experts until it was unexpectedly and weirdly discontinued on May 28. Seemingly out of nowhere, the anonymous developers posted that TrueCrypt was “harmful and no longer secure” and users were urged to embrace Microsoft Bitlocker instead. Snowden recommended TrueCrypt before the discontinuation, and it’s not clear that he still does.
SpiderOak is for backing up, sharing and syncing data. Snowden recommended the product as an alternative to Dropbox, which he reminded his interviewer was a target for NSA surveillance as leaked by the original Prism leak. He also pointed out that former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice is on the Dropbox board, and “probably the most anti-privacy official we can imagine.”
SpiderOak, on the other hand, uses encrypted cloud storage and client-side encryption key creation for backing up user folders in a way that prevents even SpiderOak from gaining access to the files.
Whisper Systems makes security and privacy software for smartphones. The company was acquired by Twitter three years ago, but some of their software was spun out as an open source project called Open WhisperSystems, which makes TextSecure, RedPhone, TextSecure-Server, BitHub, and TextSecure-iOS -- all security and privacy software applications.
Hero or traitor, Snowden is right about the need to protect our data. And his own list of recommended products is as good a place to start as any.
So get downloading! Before it’s too late.
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