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Seth King
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« on: July 11, 2013, 05:20:39 PM »

Why are you still using nonfree spyware?

http://rt.com/usa/microsoft-nsa-snowden-leak-971/
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2013, 09:29:21 PM »

Games.

That's it.
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« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2013, 05:36:16 AM »

Games.

That's it.

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« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2013, 11:05:43 AM »

Wait a minute. I don't believe the lesson to be learned from this is that free software is safer.
The article says that silicon valley computer nerds have helped the state crack certain encryption protections(all kinds of communications not just Microsoft) , not that only Microsoft users are in danger.

This knowledge learned by the state can just as easily apply to cracking communications on free software sites.

The only blessing is that currently there are relatively few users on these platforms and therefore the NSA can more efficiently mine information on the bigger sites

and AFTER we find out that some of the free software platforms have been compromised too, it will be corrected quicker.
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« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2013, 11:11:00 AM »

I haven't actually read the article, but:

We know A has been cracked, will continue to be cracked, and has 95% of the userbase.  B may not be immune, but there is less incentive to crack it, and more people actively interested in keeping it uncracked. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 12, 2013, 12:48:53 PM »

Not all encryption is created equal. The "encryption" offered by corporate outlets like Apple and Microsoft are bunk. If it's the type of encryption used for GnuPG, Bitcoin, etc. like AES 256, RSA 2048, etc. you're good.

Furthermore, people need to understand that even if you're running encryption like say, Enigmail, or something similar, that encrypts your emails before you send them, but you're WRITING your emails on Microsoft Outlook while in Microsoft WINDOWS, that you're totally wasting your time with the encryption, because they've got built in keyloggers that record what you're writing anyways.

The point I'm trying to make is something I stress all the time. If you're running Windows, I don't care what type of encryption you're trying to run on top of it, because it's all for naught. It's like trying to build a skyscraper on a foundation of quicksand.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013, 02:34:58 PM »

Been known forever. About 10-15 years ago there was this spyware killer available. The guy who wrote it was tired of crap programs so he wrote his own. It'd find all the spyware too. The thing was when you'd run it it'd find many Windows files that were Trojans themselves. 
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« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2013, 10:50:12 PM »

Open Source is more important than free. I can't think of an Open Source program that isn't free though.
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