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January, 2015:

New Year Resolutions

I usually do not make New Year’s resolutions because I mostly forget them by the Super Bowl. But this year I am getting my online life more secure.

  1. I will change all my passwords to 20+ random characters.
  2. I will store these passwords in a secure format.
  3. I will encrypt more email.

The first 2 are pretty easy since I have used a password safe program for many years. When the Heartbleed web security bug hit, I changed many passwords and upgraded to 20+ character length passwords in the process.

The third resolution will be more difficult!  Sending an encrypted email to someone requires setting up both the sender and the receiver with software and cryptographic keys.  The “easiest” setup seems to be using Thunderbird with Enigmail add-on with versions available for Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.  Now I just need to convince someone else to do it.