I believe everyone has the right to online privacy. Maybe you don’t yet care about government or big companies snooping into your online life, but because I do, I tend to use services that offer far greater privacy than invasive services like GMail, Facebook Messenger and plain text email.
Already governments like the current UK administration are forcing Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to store and make available the complete browsing history for their users. The National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on all users of online services for years without cause.
Saying “I have nothing to hide” is head-in-the-sand thinking. You have a right to hide that “nothing” and nobody should be routinely looking at everything you do online. Protect yourself and speak out against this kind of abuse of your right to privacy.
Ways to reach me securely and privately:
I use a variety of communication tools and services. Some are private and secure, others are not. I strongly prefer ones that are either private and secure by design, or which can be made private and secure via add-ons like encryption.
- Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This email account uses Hover’s email service and my own domain name, also managed by Hover (where I work). If you wish to send email to me that is encrypted, you’ll need my public PGP key and a way to encrypt that email. That key is also good for my work email and iCloud email addresses if you want to use either of those instead.
- You can find me on Keybase if you use that service. You’ll see links to other web profiles that are provably me as well. I make use of Keybase Filesystem as well, so that’s an option if you wish to send files, photos, etc. securely to me.
- I also use Signal Messenger. Feel free to contact me there as well. If you know my mobile phone number, I should show up there assuming I am in your contacts. Otherwise, email me and I will send you the contact info required.
- I barely use Twitter anymore. My twitter handle is @jameskoole but I don’t tweet, and don’t follow anyone. This is mostly an FYI in case you try to follow me and I ignore your request.