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There are two types of people in the world: people who will encrypt and people who will not. The former cohort is far smaller than the latter. That should change, but it won’t. In essence the argument over what anyone means about the “Manhattan Project” of encryption is a silly one. The Manhattan Project of encryption means nothing to millions of people who are just fine sending their data around the world in packages about as safe as a Cracker Jack Box and it is a spectacular bit of silliness for those who understand encryption at all.

Here’s the truth: we will encrypt ourselves all the way up to the point of inconvenience. You can email me using my public key all day long but (and follow my tutorial on encrypting your email) but you will be in a grand minority of strong encryptors and in a grander minority of my email correspondents. You can ensure https is everywhere but I just noticed we don’t even have as a default on our site and it seems our certificate is bad. We can chortle all we want about how the government misunderstands encryption but if we do not use it we expose ourselves to exactly the degree of informational transparency all the politicians are espousing.

In the end maybe encryption doesn’t matter. Maybe our efforts to keep eyes off of our Buckeye candy recipes are silly and overly paranoid. Maybe if we have nothing to hide we should expect no means to hide what little we have?

I, for one, should be far more careful. I try to manage a fairly active standard of encryption, especially on my home machines and servers, but I know I haven’t hardened the things that matter and, for that matter, I don’t know what I could harden further. In short I’ve encrypted up to the point of inconvenience. For me that bar is relatively high. For almost everyone else it is jarringly low.

But fear not: there is money to be made in them thar encryption hills. While politicians grumble about Manhattan Projects, we can make nuclear reactors in our back yards and sell or give them away. I love GPGTools, for example, because it plugs directly into my mail app and offers a single-click option to control my mail. Apple offers full disk encryption at the press of a button. Sucuri offers a free way to secure my WordPress instances and tell me what exactly I’m doing wrong. When I need to chat securely I fire up Zendo rather than iMessage. And that’s just the beginning.

Source:: Tech Crunch