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We're glad you liked Email Self-Defense. Let's take it even farther.

by Zak Rogoff Contributions Published on Jun 06, 2014 06:33 PM
Yesterday was a big day for defending our freedom and privacy on the Internet. The FSF and its supporters joined the ranks of thousands for Reset the Net, the biggest-ever day of action against bulk surveillance.

Email Self-Defense

All in all, it was a whopping success, with major Web sites commiting to improve their security and more than thirty thousand people visiting the FSF's brand-new Email Self-Defense guide.

The Email Self-Defense guide, along with its infographic, made the rounds on reddit, Boing Boing, Slashdot, and Hacker News, and we think it's likely to become one of the Web's most popular guides to email encryption. It's also a powerful vector for the free software message, emphasizing the importance of computer user freedom for security more than other prominent guides.

We want to get this guide linked to from every Web site people visit to learn about encryption, and we're itching to make more tools like it. Can you help us by joining the FSF as a member (if you aren't already), or donating $25?

If you're not able to donate, you can still get people learning about free software encryption by sharing the infographic. If you're a fan of any encryption and privacy-related Web sites, email them and ask them to link to the guide. Most of all, you can make a point of using encryption yourself whenever possible -- even for messages that aren't sensitive.

We've gotten a lot of feedback on Email Self-Defense, and we see that people are rightfully excited about this project. Here are some of our favorite comments:

"I haven't found a guide that's anywhere near this approachable for people scared of technology, and the infographic is also ace."
- an anonymous supporter

"This is our opportunity to get my less-techy friends using encryption, while showing them why free software is important. Right on, FSF."
- a Slashdot commenter

Thanks to these commenters, and everyone in the free software community who participated in Reset the Net. Your actions give us hope for a future free of suspicionless bulk surveillance. And free software is going to be a big part of that future. Please join us as a member, or donate today.

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