The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. – The Fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution

Some people tell me that they don’t need to use secure communication because they have nothing to hide. I like to acknowledge that it is  their choice not to use it, but that there are many people in our society whom we would want to have access to privacy and security because they handle sensitive information about themselves or others and  by using it, we can indirectly support them.

These people include doctors, lawyers, journalists, activists, whistleblowers, accountants, real estate agents, LGBTIQA+ youth, political leaders, human rights defenders, nonviolent protestors, academic researchers and those who live and work with them. A loss of  privacy or security for these people would likely threaten the  well-being of themselves and everyone else involved.

We depend heavily on many of these people to provide institutions and services that help maintain our health, well-being, and freedom. By using secure communications, we can create a culture that better respects and appreciates their work and lives. When we participate in  and contribute to the culture of secure communications, we help develop  the infrastructure that these people depend on. We can help protect and promote our democracy by allowing minority groups to reach each other,  point out hidden problems, and voice their opinions.

So, even if you don’t have anything to hide, there is a lot you may gain from joining the movement towards a more secure and private internet. I invite you to join me. Besides, practicing secure communications is a habit that takes time to adopt and you might being  one of those people we depend on before you know it.

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