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[liberationtech] What I've learned from Cryptocat

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Fri Aug 10 13:21:42 PDT 2012


Brian Conley:
> Oh! Definitley. My biggest concern about the general digital security
> abroad, until recently has been the predominance of Internet Explorer 6 as
> the browser of choice!
> 
> I do believe that's changing. I'm simply acknowledging that its great Nadim
> seems, at least thus far, to be keeping the browser-side option, while at
> the same time implementing such an easy option for many users as the chrome
> extension.
> 
> In fact I'd not even tested the experience until another member of this
> list brought it to my attention how easy it is to work an extension in
> chrome. That said I have tended previously not to use Chrome, and almost
> never install extensions in Firefox.
> 
> Mostly I'm recognizing that in the case of at least some users, the
> availability of the chrome extension and the ease of use really discounts
> any usability/laziness excuse, however I do have concerns about the way
> Chrome functions more generally vis a vis auto update, and of course its
> one more way in which an individual has to trust the Google...
> 

We've also worked on Firefox plugins as well. So while right now there
is a lot of talk about Chrome, we had a working Firefox "webapp plugin"
at the WSJ Data Transparency event. So if there are other browsers used
by activists other than those two, which I'm sure of, we need to get a
good survey going to decide how to target those browsers next.

Any thoughts? Do activists seriously diverge from general browser usage
statistics?

All the best,
Jake




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