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Also if you use OpenDNS to improve your standard of privacy, you are not protected by “last mile” dangers but you can boost your security installing DNScrypt on your digital device. DNScrypt “works by encrypting all DNS traffic between the user and OpenDNS, preventing any spying, spoofing or man-in-the-middle attacks”.
DNScrypt “is a protocol that authenticates communications between a DNS client and a DNS resolver” and it “is not a replacement for a VPN, as it only authenticates DNS traffic, and doesn’t prevent “DNS leaks”, or third-party DNS resolvers from logging your activity”.
For this reason you have to be conscious that DNScrpt is just a -very good- improvement of your privacy but not the definitive solution to all your privacy concerns.
DNScrypt is so versatile that you can install it on every kind of device you prefer. In fact it is possible to download DNScrypt for servers, IOS, OSX, Android, Windows and Linux computers (DNScrypt-proxy version). Obviously the installation and setup will vary a little depending the OS you installed on your device.
Here we are talking about DNScrypt installation on Ubuntu.
For this purpose I suggest to use the Terminal that allows you to install DNScrypt i just 3 steps:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:anton+/dnscrypt
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dnscrypt-proxy
Last but not least, you need to interface the Internet traffic of your computer through the DNScrypt-proxy. For this reason you have to Edit your Network Configuration and add the address 127.0.0.2 to the “DNS Servers” line as for the below screenshot:
Now you can start DNScrypt just typing:
sudo dnscrypt-proxy -R opendns -a 127.0.0.2:53 -u okturtles
Where, in my specific case, okturtles is the name of the remote DNS resolver I decided to use. I chose that specific risolver from the list I found into into my computer after DNScrypt-proxy installation:
As usual in similar situations, you may want to spend another couple of minutes to configure your computer to start DNScrypt at the computer boot. Open the Session and Startup manager through the desktop Dash and Add this specific command to the Application Autostart menu:
sudo dnscrypt-proxy -R opendns -a 127.0.0.2:53 -u dnscrypt
After I registered the course I was not able to access it because “my browser didn’t allow the web storage” and, for this reason, a message informed me that it would be necessary to use a up-to-date browser as Chrome or Firefox.
The only problem is that I always use Firefox. Obviously a “particular” version of Firefox where I also added a bunch of different add-ons to enhance the privacy protection level of my navigation and, for this reason, the Google course was not available for me.
Normally I would have decided to quit the course because I prefer not to modify my Firefox configuration after I spent so much time searching the best add-ons to preserve a minimum of privacy. But, in this case, I really wanted to attend the course and so I decided to manually operate on the Firefox configuration to “solve” the problem and allow Google to keep all the information it would have considered as essential.
This is the list of what I did:
– open Firefox and type:
in the address bar.
– search for:
If you need to share a confidential file to one of your colleague and you have not enough time to manually encrypt the file before uploading it to a you may consider to use securesha.re.
This online service let you to share a file through its online service encrypting it before it is uploaded to the securesha.re servers.
DevStash.io uses a 128-bit client-side AES encryption through a SSL protocol. This website automatically offers a 40 charaters long, randomly generated password that can be changed by user if he/she prefers to use its own passphrase.
Moreover securesha.re keep the file reachable in a long, random URL to decrease that files could be discovered through a brute force search.
Last but not least, this website let you delete the uploaded file after a pre-defined amount of time or/and after a pre-defined number of views. The default configuration allows just one view and an automatic deleting after seven days but the views can be extended till 10 and the amount of days reduced to just 1 day.
Personally I normally prefer to encrypt files by myself before sharing them online but I will keep securesha.re in mind in the case I need to share a file and I have not my laptop with me.