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[liberationtech] 10 reasons not to start using PGP

Griffin Boyce griffin at
Thu Oct 10 12:54:45 PDT 2013

  While there are easy ways to mess up using PGP, I think that a more
well-rounded approach is to be mindful of the ways that one can be
de-anonymized (by others or themselves) while using it.

  People who don't have a holistic view of their security, and don't
want to learn more about their actual threats and risks/rewards of
encryption won't be well-served by PGP or OTR or full-disk encryption.

  Without informed consent, encryption is meaningless.  That is not to
say that encryption is always meaningless.


On 10/10/2013 03:23 PM, carlo von lynX wrote:
> We had some debate on this topic at the Circumvention Tech
> Summit and I got some requests to publish my six reasons
> not to use PGP. Well, I spent a bit more time on it and now
> they turned into 10 reasons not to. Some may appear similar
> or identical, but actually they are on top of each other.
> Corrections and religious flame wars are welcome. YMMV.
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