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« on: January 23, 2015, 09:00:17 am »

When it comes to security, who can you trust?

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In previous columns, I’ve explained the chain of trust and the weak links in various methods of security. But reader Duane asked a few days ago, regarding my column on using VPNs to protect coffeeshop and other last-mile vulnerable connections, “How do you know the VPN operator isn’t stealing your info?”</p><p>
This is an absurdly important question, and one that extends far beyond VPNs and specific issues with Apple hardware and software. Trust is a difficult commodity to measure, made more difficult by the subversion of parties that are in the chain of trust we use every day by the National Security Agency (NSA) and agencies of other governments. These security groups have been shown to weaken standards, find exploits and use them rather than disclose to improve for all, and possibly suborn employees or place undercover agents in firms. In some countries, these sorts of weaknesses can mean your door is bashed in by the authorities and you’re taken away.</p><p class="jumpTag"><a href="/article/2873669/when-it-comes-to-security-who-can-you-trust.html#jump">To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here[/url]</p></section></article>

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