Security

How to get on Telegram without a real phone or getting your prints dusted.

After making some tweaks to improve my online privacy I’ve been waffling over whether or not to use Telegram. I’ve never been too keen on software which collects metadata, or, as Edward Snowden calls them, “activity records”, about their users. My hang-up was the controversy and theoretical weakness in MTProto, Telegram’s encryption protocol. But that all changed the moment Russia banned Telegram, reportedly disrupting their national banking system in the process.

Privacy is not for sale, and human rights should not be compromised out of fear or greed.

Pavel Durov

My man. Now that’s what I call integrity.

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On the suppression of free speech in today’s digital world and what you can do about it.

I’m back in Bali after a trip to Anarchapulco and Chicago to pick up my cats. It was my first time back in the United States in over a year. Instead of a warm welcome back to my birth country I was promptly detained by a CBP officer and put in holding room while they ran a background check and attempted to obtain personal information.

After declining to give CBP my address in Bali and questioning them as to whether or not I was under arrest they were kind enough to inform me I was free to go at any time but that my passport belonged to the U.S. government and wasn’t my property.

It would appear intelligence states like post-9/11 USA don’t appreciate having their own citizens outside their visibility. That certainly wouldn’t suit the “Deep State” if such a thing existed now would it? The experience was very disheartening to say the least.

Securing your cryptocurrency with Google Authenticator? That decision may make you angry one day. But that's okay because Authy is here to save the day.

The first thing you need to learn when you start working with Bitcoin is to set-up 2FA. The most common forms of two-factor auth today are standard telephony and security tokens, which come in both the soft and hard variety.

If we took hard U2F tokens off the table, we’re left with software and telephony. Which of the two would you choose? Well, it depends. Let’s explore.

Vanish into the Night. And take Jamie's lunch with you.

Next week is my 1-year cryptoversary. I made my entrance into ₿ almost one year ago to the day. This time last year BTC was floating levitating just a hair below US$640 with no help whatsoever from Jamie Dimon. queue sarcasm