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Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent

Postby kamrananvaar » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:34 am

IRKUTSK, Russia — It was late one afternoon in January when a squad of plainclothes police officers arrived at the headquarters of a prominent environmental group here. They brushed past the staff with barely a word and instead set upon the computers before carting them away. Taken were files that chronicled a generation’s worth of efforts to protect the Siberian wilderness.
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Postby ollie » Mon Sep 13, 2010 12:07 pm

It shows that Linux and encryption should be used instead of shoddy, proprietary software made by a US company. This software must, by US law, provide backdoors through any encryption or security measures implemented.
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Postby leke » Wed Sep 15, 2010 9:57 am

That reminds me. Is my current user profile encrypted in linux or do i need to activate something to encrypt my drive?
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Postby nelz » Wed Sep 15, 2010 11:14 am

leke wrote:That reminds me. Is my current user profile encrypted in linux or do i need to activate something to encrypt my drive?


That depends on the distro you use, the options you selected when installing and other variables. A quick test is to boot from a live CD, if you can read the contents of your home directory, so can anyone else.
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Postby leke » Thu Sep 16, 2010 4:27 pm

Tried the live CD. Turns out my user account isn't encrypted. hmmm...am I paranoid enough?
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Postby nelz » Thu Sep 16, 2010 8:35 pm

It's not encrypted so you're nowhere near paranoid enough.
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