Igor Tolkov
Software Engineer, Facebook
Co-founder and Lead Developer, taiLib
University of Washington, Class of 2013
B.Sc. Mathematics, Physics; B.Sc. Computer Science; B.A. Linguistics

Why use encryption?

When Phil Zimmerman created PGP, it was intended to be used by ordinary people who didn't want to be spied on. This was in the early days of the internet when we didn't have things like HTTPS, and spying was really easy. But even today security isn't something one should take for granted. User data such as credit card numbers and passwords are routinely stolen, e-mail accounts are compromised, and embarrasing e-mails are uncovered.

Even if you have nothing to hide, encrypting your e-mail is a great way to learn about security, so try it out!

Set up

If you would like to use BitMessage, it's really easy - you just need to download the client and create an address. Your client should then run in the background and download your messages.

From a security point of view, I recommend BitMessage because:

If you would like to use PGP, I provide my public key. PGP is somewhat more difficult to set up, though.

Beyond encryption

I suppose, I should also give some advice on general internet security.

My BitMessage Address

If you trust your browser and our Internet connection, then this is my BitMessage address. Otherwise you should assume this is not my BitMessage address, or at least verify the address with me via some other means.

BM-2cXM5CgtNnrFyRY614yqAvRuw5hRU5L9zv

Public Key

If you trust your browser and our Internet connection, then this is my public key. Otherwise you should assume this is not my public key, or at least verify the key with me via some other means.

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Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux)

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