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"Whether people decide to keep PGP or make the switch, the flaw shows how difficult it is to perfect the art of sending secure messages, said Riana Pfefferkorn, a cryptography fellow at Stanford University.
“Even after withstanding years' worth of widespread scrutiny by security experts, a flaw in an encryption standard may still turn up,” she told me. “Plus, even if the vulnerability is fixed by the maintainers, users' configuration of their email client may not be perfect, potentially leaving them unwittingly exposed.”"
""Security tools like PGP encryption are most effective when they are used widely," said CPJ Internet Advocacy Coordinator Geoffrey King. "Facebook has taken an important step to help protect users' private communications by default, and make the risky environment in which journalists work a little bit safer.""
Pretty-good-privacy or PGP is the world's most widely-used email encryption system, capable of protecting the contents of messages from interception by anyone from an ISP to the NSA. In this workshop Tom Lowenthal will introduce us to PGP, explain how to use it and teach us some of its foibles. Audience members are encouraged to bring their laptops: the session will be hands on, and you should walk away with the software installed and configured. Folks of any technical experience level are welcome at this session. There's plenty to cover, and the material will be tailored to the level of the room.
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