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The Magical Power of Encryption

Marc Goodman

How to Secure Your Digital Life

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11. The Magical Power of Encryption

Lesson Info

The Magical Power of Encryption

This next one is gonna be really, really cool 'cause we're gonna talk about encryption, which, from a cyber security perspective is kind of like magic. Now, what is this new magical power that I'm about to share with you? Well, it previously used to be top secret, quite literally. If you go back in time, particularly to World War II, there was something called an enigma machine, and there've been lots of different types of steganography and encryption, and all of that stuff, but this is perhaps one of the most famous ones. Now, for those of you who don't know what encryption is, it uses big math and prime numbers to go ahead and scramble a ton of data. So on this old enigma machine, there were all of these rotors and dials down here, and so even though this might be the standard keyboard, you would push down A by turning these in thousands of different combinations, when you hit A, what would print out on the message might be Z one time, and then tomorrow you would turn the routers and...

it would be B next time, and the people on the other end had another one of these machines, which was keyed exactly the same way so that they could decrypt, or decipher, or read, now in plain text, your secret message. So that's the whole theory of encryption. Knowing that computers are all about ones and zeroes, right, to represent everything, modern encryption uses those ones and zeroes, and big math, to go ahead and change the data so that it can't be read by anybody who doesn't have the secret key. And because of that encryption is key to protecting all of your most sensitive data, right. There's lots of governments out there that want access to your location, there's lots of companies that want your location and your cell phone numbers. But should they get it, right? What would a world be like if you could read and see everything that people did on their cell phone? Watch this video. Watch this video. Imagine a world where you couldn't choose who got to see your private life. Like, your family squabbles. Your medical information. Or, your guilty pleasures. Imagine if you couldn't choose who knew your job struggles. Or, your financial details. You don't want to live in a world without privacy, so let's not. Choosing what's public and what's private allows you to be you. Join the movement for privacy. I wanna thank the Mozilla Foundation for allowing us to use that video, and for a lot of educational stuff that they're putting out there. To get a little bit more into how encryption works, and so you can understand it theoretically, again, all data today is ones and zeroes, whether it be a photograph, a video, a text document, a text message, a status update, to the computer world, it's all ones and zeroes. Now what encryption does is they take a very, very, very large prime number, and they multiply all the ones and zeroes in all of your documents and scramble it. Right, so that you can't read the data unless you've got the secret key, so it takes a piece of data like this, for example when you're buying something online, and it scrambles it into something like this, right. And encryption is key to protecting your photos, your tax information, your medical records, dating information, so use it. How can you use it? Where would you use it? Let's start with your computers. Both Windows and Macs come with a software that is free and included and allows you to do hard disk encryption. Why would you want hard disk encryption? Because it will take all of the data on your computer and scramble it, so strangers can't read it. That means if your laptop is lost or stolen, if your kids happen to walk into the house when you're not there and go on your machine, let's say you're crossing a border and customs wants to see what's on there, right. They won't be able to see your private data if it's encrypted. On the Mac, this feature is called FileVault. It's absolutely free, and I strongly recommend using it. In Windows, it is called BitLocker, okay, and if you go to both Apple and Windows and go to, either control panel, security settings, click on security, and then you'll see FileVault and BitLocker there, and I recommend using it. Now the key thing to keep in mind is we have a ton of data, and while these full drive encryption are great for the data that's on your hard drive, it doesn't do anything for all your data that's in the cloud, which today, there's a lot more data in the cloud than there is on our hard drives. In fact, anything you put in the cloud, anything you put on your phone, right, is completely transparent. Anything you post on social media is entirely transparent and available to others, which means that you've got more data that you need to protect, and to keep private, and if you post something online, anywhere, whether it be Quora, or Twitter, or your local chat board, or Facebook, it's all being gathered, shared, and sold. That is their business model, it is data surveillance. Now most of us also use our own versions of cloud storage. We use services like these to store our pictures in the cloud, or to share a document with a colleague at work, and they are super, super convenient, but you just need to keep in mind that there are some security challenges around some of these services, and here's just a few examples. How many of you remember a few years ago when a whole bunch of female celebrities had their private naked photos leaked online because a hacker had broken into their iCloud accounts? Do you guys remember that? So, just from a security perspective, there's two things that you can do to avoid this type of hack. Number one, don't take naked pictures of yourself. And number two, don't post them online unencrypted in the cloud, because all of this will leak. Do those two things, and you can avoid the headache here. Of course, it's not just iCloud, Dropbox, unfortunately, was famously hacked. They had something like, I forget, it was 68 million accounts, right. So 68 million accounts and credentials have fully leaked and are on the dark web. So if you've used Dropbox, going back the past few years, and you haven't changed your password and updated it, people have access to all of your data, okay. What would prevent this? Two factor authentication, right, then they wouldn't be able to get into your account. You can't protect yourself against companies doing a bad job guarding your data, but you can protect yourself, and prevent others from getting in by having two factor authentication turned on. So be very, very wary of these unencrypted cloud storage services, there is a better way, and I wanna talk about a company called SpiderOak. Why do I like this? Because this allows you to store all of your data encrypted in the cloud. When it leaves your machine, it is encrypted. It gives a unique key of encryption on your hard drive, or on your mobile phone, and it will allow you to encrypt all of your data and put it into the cloud and store it there. It works very much like Dropbox. It all syncs in the background. But they are a company that is highly, highly dedicated to privacy, and they take it very seriously. And what they do is have what's called a trust and zero knowledge policy. So, whereas some companies like Dropbox can have access to your files and understand exactly whether you've posted a porn picture or a naked photo of yourself, SpiderOak has zero knowledge. Nothing leaves your computer until it's encrypted, and they don't have the key to your data in their data centers, all of that is local on your machine. So I recommend this, you can get SpiderOak. There's a free version, there's a paid version, but if you go to that website, and use that code, futurecrimes15, you get a 15% discount. And again, all of this SpiderOak, and many of the other things we just spoke about, will be available, all of the encryption tools, the protection steps, are all in, will come as part of your personalized action digital protection plan if you purchase the course. Okay, another thing that you want to protect in this world are your mobile phones, right. We keep a ton of data on our phones, and guess what, they can be encrypted too. If you're on an iPhone, super easy. Just the mere fact of setting a password on your phone automatically encrypts it. So if you have either a password, regardless of its length, or have enabled a fingerprint on your iPhone, all the data on your phone has been encrypted. With Android, once again, it's a little bit tricky. Sometimes setting the password will go ahead and automatically encrypt your phone, and other times there's a separate step under security where you have to go to encrypt phone. And some versions of Android phones made by some handset manufacturers don't allow it at all. Particularly in certain countries where the government doesn't want you to have encryption. But if you set up encryption on your phone, particularly on the iPhone, your communications will be secure. You may remember a couple of years ago when there was that San Bernardino terrorist attack. A horrible, horrible terrorist attack. The terrorist in that case had encrypted his phone, and the FBI could not get in, and they asked Apple to let them in, and it turned into a big political discussion, and I'm not supporting terrorists being able to hide their communications, but at the same time, I think legal law-abiding citizens should have that right. So, turn on encryption, again if you turn it on biometric password on your phone, you will be encrypted. There's other tools out there that you can use like encrypted messaging, how many of you use WhatsApp? So, just about a year or two ago, WhatsApp turned on encryption worldwide, and you'll see this little note that say your message sent point-to-point are now secured with end-to-end encryption, which is great. For those of you who are on the iPhone, some of your messages are encrypted. If you send a message to another iPhone user, and you see it as blue, that is an encrypted message. If you send one from your iPhone to an Android phone or a computer or somebody else, and it shows up as green, that is not an encrypted message. So green, not encrypted, blue, encrypted. There are specialized apps you can use that come highly recommended. One is Signal, and one is Telegram. These are just like iMessage or WhatsApp, but they're fully encrypted, and these companies take their security and privacy pretty seriously. There's also a free email program that you can use called ProtonMail based in Switzerland. Another zero knowledge based company, and you can send encrypted emails, and they do a fairly good job of deploying end-to-end encryption for email. Another place you want to use encryption to scramble your communications is on your web browsers. We've all seen this, https, the S stands for secure, and it means that what you're doing now in your browser is secure. You also have come dependent on looking for that little green lock, those are good tools. In the old days, very few sites had https security built in. That has changed, now many more sites do. There's an organization called the Electronic Frontier Foundation, They're a wonderful, wonderful nonprofit that tries to put out lots of great information about privacy and protection, and they really care about this stuff, and they create their own tools which are really cool. And one of them is a browser extension that EFF itself has created that you can install in Chrome, Firefox, and Opera. And what it does is, is called HTTPS Everywhere, and it enforces that every site you visit must be encrypted, so this will do it in the background for you for free. Unfortunately, given the proprietary code in Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, and Safari, there is not a version of https for those browsers. So, but you can download Chrome or Firefox on any machine and run this in the background. And if you do that, you will have a secure connection. It's a great way of locking down any of the data that leaves your computer. But it's not full proof, it only protects the data in your browser. There is other data that leaves your computer that we'll talk about in a minute, and you need a different way to protect it. Particularly, when you travel.

Class Description

Are you ready for a proven, insanely simple plan to lock down your digital life, defend yourself against hackers and reduce your cyber risk by up to 85%? How to Secure Your Digital Life is a one-day program that has helped tens of thousands of people and can help you finally achieve peace of mind for all your online activities and digital life. With cyber attacks at an all-time high—and rising every day—you owe it to yourself and your family to learn the critical art of cyber self-defense. If you don’t protect yourself, who will?

Did you know...

• Everyday malicious hackers around the world release nearly 1 million new malware threats.

• Antivirus software only catches 5% of new threats targeting your computer.

• Identity theft strikes a new victim every two seconds in the United States, and children are more than 50 times more likely to suffer identity theft than adults.

• The average American has over 130 online accounts today; a number predicted to rise to over 200 by 2020.

• Ransomware attacks were up 250% in 2017 and are expected to cause nearly 12 billion dollars in damage by 2019.

• Nearly 600,000 Facebook accounts are hacked on a daily basis.

• According to IBM Security, 95% of data breaches can be traced back to human error.

Technology companies, app makers, and social media firms are vacuuming up every scrap of private data they can, including your location, personal photos, dating habits and entire browsing history. They can even remotely activate your phone’s camera or microphone—all without your knowledge. All of this personal data can be used against you, to determine whether you are offered that next job, promotion, car loan, or mortgage.

Today’s hackers, organized criminals, fraudsters, online predators and cyber bullies are threatening you, your family and your money on a daily basis. Don’t be an easy target, learn how to fight back. You may have heard privacy is dead and there is nothing you can do to protect yourself. This is not true. Companies and criminals alike want you to think that—don’t fall for it.

Small steps can make a huge difference in your personal and professional cybersecurity, and we’ll show you all the insider tips and secrets you need. There’s no such thing as perfect security, but after this class, you can  be vastly more protected and secure than you are today and Marc Goodman, the cyber security expert, who has helped tens of thousands of people protect themselves and take charge of their digital lives, is the guy to teach it to you.

Marc is the author of Future Crimes: Everything is Connected, Everyone is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. Future Crimes is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and was Amazon’s Best Business Book of the Year. Marc has an extensive background in global security and law enforcement, including work as a street police officer, undercover investigator and senior advisor to INTERPOL and the US Government. His pioneering work on cybercrime investigation has been featured on CNN, NPR, Larry King, PBS, the Tim Ferriss Podcast, and TED.

In this pioneering course on How to Secure Your Digital Life,  Marc shares with you the secrets to protecting yourself online and how to use the very best of the technological tools we depend on for our modern lives. You’ll learn the basics of cyber self-defense and quick, specific actionable steps to improve your privacy, security, and safety in the online world.


In this class you will learn:

• How to reduce your cyber risk by up to 85% or more.

• The #1 online security habit that changes everything

• Why experts who tell you privacy is dead are dead-wrong

• How to finally master and organize all your passwords in a simple easy to manage system

• Why you need to avoid using dangerous “administrator accounts” and how you are using them without even knowing about it

• How to use a Virtual Private Network to secure your connections when traveling, at the local coffee shop or home

• How to protect yourself and your children from identity thieves and scammers eager to take your hard-earned money

• About the rarely used, totally free tool that can make it nearly impossible to hack your online accounts

• How to protect yourself from the exponentially growing ransomware threat and how to prevent hackers from destroying all of your emails, photos, videos, and sensitive documents

• How to lock down your mobile phones against hackers, theft, and spyware

Whether you are a complete cybersecurity beginner or an experienced user, his class is made for anybody who uses the Internet, a computer or mobile phone and will cover Windows, Mac, iPhones, and Android devices. What you don’t know about Internet safety and security can harm you, your family and cost you your life savings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from a global cybercrime expert how to protect yourself and your digital future. This comprehensive, easy to understand, fun and the engaging course will crush your cybersecurity doubts. Defend yourself once and for all. Now’s the perfect time to take the next step to a safer, more secure digital future.  

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Joyce Haven

Marc's class provides an excellent road map for making your online life safer. He provides clear examples and great resources that makes it easy to implement better personal security against identity theft and all manner of online scams. He's funny and engaging, and extremely encouraging. It was easy to go home and implement his plan. It also gave me the tools I needed to help my elderly mother safeguard her online presence as well. Great class, I highly recommend it.


Marc not only is a true and leading expert in cyber security, he also has a great way of teaching through a mix of compelling story telling and concrete "to-do's". The class is both compelling and extremely useful. I cant believe that this is not a required course at every high school and university. These are the real life skills we all need and Marc makes the complicated accessible. Great teacher, great class! I highly recommend it!

a Creativelive Student

Great course! This has given me so many tools to be able to better secure my digital life. I am eager to start implementing this info. Marc went over a serious amount of material in a one day class. It would be great if he does more classes at creative live. Thank you so much. I just turned on auto updates for my laptop operating system software!