[Freedombox-discuss] Fwd: Re: Roadmap / Wishlists

AnotherPeasant versparis at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 05:44:38 UTC 2011

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Subject: 	Re: [Freedombox-discuss] Roadmap / Wishlists
Date: 	Sun, 17 Apr 2011 19:01:07 -0400
From: 	AnotherPeasant <versparis at gmail.com>


On 04/16/2011 09:35 PM, Charles N Wyble wrote:
> On 04/16/2011 07:35 PM, Sandy Harris wrote:
>> On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 7:51 AM, AnotherPeasant<versparis at gmail.com>  wrote:
>>> There should be an easy way for any user, even one not familiar with CLI, to
>>> "self-destruct" their FB.  I mean  secure data deletions, as fast and as
>>> complete as possible.
>> Deletion is not the only way. Any encrypted data can be made unreadable
>> instantly simply by destroying the key. This is much faster, but it does not
>> provide deniability. If you are dealing with people who will try to beat the
>> key out of you, that could be a major problem.
> So just have a USB/SD card whatever with passphrase protected key on it.
> Make this the only
> copy of the decryption key. Have it and a small hammer or other
> destructive instrument on you
> at all times. Practice quick destruction. If it's destroyed, then tell
> them the passphrase. Lot of good
> it will do them. :)
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I like the way you think, but what if I forget my hammer?  What if 
there's no handy hard surface to smash the card against?  I always carry 
a multitool on me, always, so I've got it covered for me.  Still, some 
folks are not such good users when it comes to hand tools.  -And what if 
my government makes carrying a multitool a hanging offence?

Seriously, though, it gets back to that issue of deniability.  If you've 
smashed stuff, it gets a lot harder.  I'm not talking about places where 
the cops will make an angry face, realize you've left them with nothing, 
and charge you with jaywalking after a stern warning.  I'm talking about 
places where they play for keeps, with no restrictions on their 
actions.  The user _may_ be boned at that point, anyway, but without the 
ability to pretend that they have nothing to hide, no chance in hell.  
When facing overwhelming force, stealth and misdirection are your friends...
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