In order to pull the birthers’ chain and to contribute to a sense of community, Obots use the word “sekrit” instead of “secret.” I was reminded of secrecy when I read the article over at the Oh, For Goodness Sakes! blog that mentioned a birther project called “White Rose.” Like something in a chain email, it’s probably fantasy rather than real. The birthers had a lot of fun passing the story around, though. Squeeky Fromm did a hilarious look at the thing on the Birther Think Tank blog.
The part that I want to focus on is this:
Working over the last several months, using information already gleaned by other investigators and communicating via encrypted email and private social networks, the group has pieced together a web of conspirators including members of the legal profession, the IT community, journalists, web bloggers, Obama operatives and government officials.
I’ve never bothered much with encryption except for the KeePass program I have on my flash drive where I store passwords. Encryption seems more trouble than it’s worth for most things. When I was working, I transported protected health information (including medical records of AIDS patients) and vital records, and when doing that one must be responsible in handling other people’s information, and so of course I encrypted these files heavily.
There is strong encryption and weak encryption. Tools on the Internet will crack (read without the password) many PDF files that use PDF encryption. Some protection that office productivity programs provide when saving a file are easily cracked too. If you rely on any encryption scheme, read up on it first to see how strong it is.
I wanted to mention a few strong encryption options, should you need that type of security. I’m a Microsoft Windows user, so those are what I’m talking about, although some of these are available on other platforms. Continue Reading →