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April 20 2011


"HTTPS Now" Campaign Aims To Secure The Internet

EFF logo 150x150.jpgThe Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Access, a digital freedom activist group, have partnered together to start a "HTTPS Now" campaign to spread awareness and advocate for increased Internet security.

HTTPS -- Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure -- HTTPS is built on HTTP and integrates the Secure Sockets Layer/Transfer Layer Security protocol to ensure data encryption over a secure channel. It provides 128- to 265-bit encryption, which means that it is virtually unhackable.

"We've heard a lot about how malicious tools like Firesheep can be used to steal data, including passwords for email and social networking accounts," said EFF activist Eva Galperin in a press release. "HTTPS Now is aimed at protecting users from attacks like these by spreading the word about HTTPS and how to use it correctly. HTTPS provides the minimum level of security for websites. Without it, no site can make any meaningful security or privacy guarantees to its users."


The EFF has worked with Internet browsers to help HTTPS more ubiquitous. It has partnered with the Tor Project on "HTTPS Everywhere," a security tool for the Firefox browser that encrypts a users' browsing and changes it from HTTP to HTTPS whenever possible.

The HTTPS movement is gaining more traction lately with a series of high-profile hacks forcing the hands of websites and social networks. Facebook issued an "HTTPS always-on" option after CEO Mark Zuckerberg's account was broken into and Twitter recently created an option to always use HTTPS when using shortly after uber-user Ashton Kutcher's account was hacked.

"We want to make it easier for web users to get the security they need and deserve, but we can't do it alone. We need an accurate picture of the state of HTTPS on the Internet. After that, we can target website operators and make it easy for them to update their sites," said Jochai Ben-Avie of Access. "Working together, we can all be safer from identity theft, security threats, viruses, and other things that come from an insecure Internet."


April 05 2011


HTTPS Everywhere | Electronic Frontier Foundation - [ 2011-04-05 ]


HTTPS Everywhere is a Firefox [+ Seamonkey 2.x.x | oanth] extension produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. It encrypts your communications with a number of major websites.

Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted HTTP, or fill encrypted pages with links that go back to the unencrypted site.

The HTTPS Everywhere extension fixes these problems by rewriting all requests to these sites to HTTPS.

The plugin currently works for:

  • Google Search
  • Wikipedia
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • GMX
  • blogs
  • The New York Times
  • The Washington Post
  • Paypal
  • EFF
  • Tor
  • Ixquick
  • and many other sites!

April 04 2011

Cory Doctorow’s » TEDxObserver talk on kids and privacy

"Here's a video of my talk on kids, privacy and social media ("A Skinner box that trains you to under-value your privacy: how do we make kids care about online privacy?") at last month's TEDxObserver event in London. It was a great day and there were a ton of interesting talks (the set is here)."
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May 01 2010


Frühlingssehnsucht - Franz Schubert 1797-1828

Frühlingssehnsucht, Franz Schubert 1797-1828

Werner Güra, Tenor
Christoph Berner, Piano

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Text by Ludwig Rellstab (1799-1860)
Liedtext / song text with several translations EN, FR, ...

"Frühlingssehnsucht", D. 957 no. 3 (1828), from Schwanengesang, no. 3.

Säuselnde Lüfte wehend so mild
Blumiger Düfte atmend erfüllt!
Wie haucht ihr mich wonnig begrüßend an!
Wie habt ihr dem pochenden Herzen getan?
Es möchte euch folgen auf luftiger Bahn!

Bächlein, so munter rauschend zumal,
Wollen hinunter silbern ins Tal.
Die schwebende Welle, dort eilt sie dahin!
Tief spiegeln sich Fluren und Himmel darin.
Was ziehst du mich, sehnend verlangender Sinn,

Grüßender Sonne spielendes Gold,
Hoffende Wonne bringest du hold!
Wie labt mich dein selig begrüßendes Bild!
Es lächelt am tiefblauen Himmel so mild
Und hat mir das Auge mit Tränen gefüllt!

Grünend umkränzet Wälder und Höh'!
Schimmernd erglänzet Blütenschnee!
So dränget sich alles zum bräutlichen Licht;
Es schwellen die Keime, die Knospe bricht;
Sie haben gefunden, was ihnen gebricht:
Und du?

Rastloses Sehnen! Wünschendes Herz,
Immer nur Tränen, Klage und Schmerz?
Auch ich bin mir schwellender Triebe bewußt!
Wer stillet mir endlich die drängende Lust?
Nur du befreist den Lenz in der Brust,
Nur du!
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