Cyberpunk Librarian – Episode 16 – Cypherpunk Librarian

Cyberpunk Librarian
Cyberpunk Librarian
Cyberpunk Librarian - Episode 16 - Cypherpunk Librarian

Join Daniel Messer as he goes cypherpunk and talks about keeping yourself secure and private online and in the digital world.

Notes and Links

Use a VPN.

Secure Browsing


  • ChatSecure – Secure chat with Google and XMPP (Android and iOS)
  • TextSecure – Secure SMS and MMS (Android only)
  • RedPhone – Secure calling (Android only)
  • Cryptocat – Secure group chat (iOS only)
  • Wickr – Secure chat with optional time bomb to delete after given time (Android and iOS)
  • Connec+ +or – Secure browsing for Android
  • Red Onion – TOR for iOS

As an aside, Facetime and iMessage on iOS are end-to-end encrypted.

Secure Email

Leave No Trace

  • TAILS – The Amnesiac Incognito Live System
    • Used by Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowden.
    • Runs on a flash drive (I wear mine around my neck)
    • Completely anonymous,  as it goes around the computer’s hard drive.
    • Uses TOR
    • Encrypts your userspace

Or use a live distro of Linux without any persistent storage. You can set up a live USB of Ubuntu or many other distros of Linux. For instance, I also carry Kubuntu around my neck as a live stick.

Use Good Passwords

This is one of the most important things of all. If you’re using weak passwords, then you’re not securing anything at all. It’s the equivalent of leaving a key under your doormat.

Things You Should Be Aware Of

If you’re using software to enhance or protect your privacy, chances are you’re going to be put on a watch list.


This week’s music is brought to you by Tardiss and the Free Music Archive!

As always, the title track is Bellydance at Ebisu by Ryo Miyashita.