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[liberationtech] Sometimes crypto can be easy

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Fri Oct 4 06:49:28 PDT 2013


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I am virtually speaking at a conference in Spain later this month, and
they asked me to do a test today using Skype. I offered instead that
we should use Ostel (https://ostel.co) with Jitsi to do an encrypted
video call.

I sent one quick email to their techs with a one sentence description
about properly setting up the Jit.si proxy settings.

A few minutes later, I received a call on my Win7 Jit.si app from
an Ostel account that matched their name. We confirmed our ZRTP
confirmation codes, and the audio came through just fine. I pressed
the video button, and it started right up, with the same ZRTP
encryption session activated.

So, here is a great story of going from 0 to an encrypted video call
between EU and US, with someone I have never met before, and had no
idea about their technical capability.

A great WIN for a Friday morning.,.. and the next time someone asks
you to use Skype, please get them to use OStel (or Redphone,
SilentCircle, or anything that is open (err, mostly open) and secure)
instead.

Don't underestimate your ability to change someone else's behavior in
a positive way and give them a new skill in the process.

+n
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