Here’s how to best secure your data now that the NSA can crack almost any encryption

October 27, 2013

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The latest Snowden-supplied bombshell shook the technology world to its core on Thursday: The NSA can crack many of the encryption technologies in place today, PC World reports — a day after Pew reported that 90 percent of Internet users have taken steps to avoid surveillance in some way.

PC World recommends several open-source encryption tools, such as GPG and TAILS, as well as proprietary encryption tools.

It notes that the New York Times report on the NSA’s crypto-cracking abilities suggest that VPN technology and the ever-popular SSL web protocol have been two encryption methods particularly targeted by the government. (Schneier suggests using TLS and IPsec whenever possible on the web-communication front.)

PCWorld’s guide to encrypting (almost) everything offers further information.

H/T: GatorALLin