Secure eMail, a beginner’s guide

Why and how? Here is the 101 on how to secure your online communication.

Did you know your eMails can be read by anyone? Yes, anyone. eMails are by default transmitted over the internet as plain text, so anyone running an eMail server, can technically read your eMail. In general this is irrelevant, because nobody cares to read all the billions of messages sent all the time, but then there are some agencies like the CIA, DIA, NSA, NGA, NRO, AFISRA, MI, MCIA, ONI, OICI, I&A, CGI, FBI, DEA/ONSI, INR, TFI, NCIS from the USA, the DGSE, DCRI, DRM, DPSD, BRGE, ANSSI, DCPJ, CNCIS, all from France, the BND, MAD, BfV and 16 connected LfV are in Germany. The list goes on, and we can be certain it is incomplete.

Still think your eMails should be unencrypted and easy to read for anyone? Here are some more reasons:

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Business for the sake of Business without purpose or goal

I have a dream. Lets make the world a better place and solve the economic crisis at the same time. Ok? Good, here we go:

Lately it occurred to me how many businesses try to solve problems only encountered by other businesses trying to solve other businesses’ problems. And if that isn’t pointless enough, there are now businesses trying to streamline the process of businesses solving problems for businesses solving problems. In the end we end up looking at a cycle of business structures creating and solving each other’s problems instead of truly creating something meaningful and valuable to support humanity solve one of it’s bigger problems.

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Youtube updated it’s layout toward the material design Google announced at Google I/O. Most visibly the description is now in a separate box instead of attached to the video. But what startled me was when I tried liking the video, the thumbs have moved, they’re now merged with the like/dislike counters and in their original place you’ll find the “Playlist”, “Share” and “More” buttons. Each of them opening a separate sheet, clearly another material design thing, as this prepares the layout to be animated and styled using Google’s Polymer implementation of material design.
I’m not sure what to think of these changes, however I do like that you now get to read the description without having to restore it’s visibility after liking and/or finishing a video. It now just stays visible instead of scrolling away whenever you’re not paying attention. However I think the redesign might lead to less likes.
It used to be that the share sheet was automatically the next step after liking a video, now you get the share sheet without liking a video by clicking in the same area you used to click to like a video. Of course, liking a video still opens the share-sheet, but clicking the connected-dots-share-button that just happens to be in the same spot as the thumbs up used to be, opens the same sheet without counting as a like.
Other things updated over the past weeks combined with the more modular design also lead to a more fragmented feeling UI. Everything is now in it’s own box, disconnected by a grey background. The suggestions on the side are floating, the action-box below the video is floating, the description if floating and the comments are floating, nothing is in any way visually connected to anything else, which is most politely described as visually confusing.
What are your thoughts about the design?

Youtube updated it’s layout toward the material design Google announced at Google I/O. Most visibly the description is now in a separate box instead of attached to the video. But what startled me was when I tried liking the video, the thumbs have moved, they’re now merged with the like/dislike counters and in their original place you’ll find the “Playlist”, “Share” and “More” buttons. Each of them opening a separate sheet, clearly another material design thing, as this prepares the layout to be animated and styled using Google’s Polymer implementation of material design.

I’m not sure what to think of these changes, however I do like that you now get to read the description without having to restore it’s visibility after liking and/or finishing a video. It now just stays visible instead of scrolling away whenever you’re not paying attention. However I think the redesign might lead to less likes.

It used to be that the share sheet was automatically the next step after liking a video, now you get the share sheet without liking a video by clicking in the same area you used to click to like a video. Of course, liking a video still opens the share-sheet, but clicking the connected-dots-share-button that just happens to be in the same spot as the thumbs up used to be, opens the same sheet without counting as a like.

Other things updated over the past weeks combined with the more modular design also lead to a more fragmented feeling UI. Everything is now in it’s own box, disconnected by a grey background. The suggestions on the side are floating, the action-box below the video is floating, the description if floating and the comments are floating, nothing is in any way visually connected to anything else, which is most politely described as visually confusing.

What are your thoughts about the design?