I haven't blogged in a while but I had a bunch of new Chrome extensions I wanted to share. 1. Crypt-Up . Emails are very insecure; they bounce around weird servers that you cannot control. And encryption has been very annoying. Crypt-Up is an extension that beautifully implements PGP encryption for Gmail. (Right now, it's only for Chrome but mobile apps are being planned.) Under the PGP encryption scheme, every user has a private key and a public key. The private key is kept secret, and the public key has to be shared. To send an encrypted email, the sender uses the recipient's public key to scrambled the email. The recipient's private key is the only (known) way to unscramble it. Crypt-Up does a good job of keeping track of private and public keys, and sending emails. You can export your private key to use other PGP products and import your friend's public keys so you can send them emails even if they don't use Crypt-Up. Try it out! 2. Script-Safe . Do you
There's been many reports in the news about scammers pretending to the IRS harassing taxpayers for money with threats of arrest or deportation . There is a new scam where identity thieves will break into the IRS website to request copies of your tax return transcripts and income reports . Once the hackers get access to the IRS website, they can access your W-2 and 1099s for the last ten years. Avoid this scam by claiming your profile first by accessing this IRS website . You don't have to get a transcript. You just have to claim your IRS online account so bad guys can't do it. Of course, you should use really long passwords to stymie the bad guys.
Republican Senator John Cornyn said that he was "not impressed" with the intelligence of Attorney General Eric Holder in an interview with Fox News. I just wanted to take the opportunity to list the good ideas Sen. Cornyn had over the last few years: Sponsored a bill where anyone arrested or detained by federal authorities must provide a sample of their DNA to be placed into a central database. Voted against additional funding for up-armoring vehicles for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. Voted against restricting businesses with ties to terrorism. Voted against that a bill that would expand educational benefits for veterans who had served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Voted for tax cuts for the rich, voted against a payroll tax cut that would have gone to the middle class and the working poor. As state Attorney General, awarded "Lawman of the Year" award to a freelance undercover police officer who had falsely testified to put 46 folk in jail for drug crimes, in