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Computer security and the lack of computer security is a fundamental issue that underpins much of how the Internet does (and doesn't) function. Many of the policy issues that EFF works on are linked to security in deep ways including privacy and anonymity DRM censorship and network neutrality.

EFF works directly on a wide range of security issues including increased deployment of cryptographic protocols through projects like HTTPS Everywhere and Certbot; improving the security of those protocols with the SSL Observatory; offering legal assistance to researchers through our Coders' Rights Project; offering practical security advice to activists through the surveillance self-defense project; directly auditing open source codebases; and working on the development of new security standards.

Security Highlights

Encrypting the Web

The web is in the middle of a massive change from non-secure HTTP to the more secure HTTPS protocol. All web servers use one of these two protocols to get web pages from the server to your browser. HTTP has serious problems that make it vulnerable to eavesdropping and content hijacking. HTTPS fixes most of these problems. That's why EFF, and many like-minded supporters, have been pushing for web sites to adopt HTTPS by default. As of 2016, about half of all web page visits use HTTPS. This is a big improvement over the past, but we still have work to do.

Coders' Rights Project

EFF's Coders' Rights Project protects programmers and developers engaged in cutting-edge exploration of technology. Security and encryption researchers help build a safer future for all of us using digital technologies, but too many legitimate researchers...

Security Updates

Expanded Government Hacking Powers Need Accompanying Safeguards

When should the government engage in “remote searches” of computers—i.e., government “hacking” to seize, infiltrate and/or search digital devices—and when should it use less invasive investigative methods? Changes to Rule 41 of Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure went into effect on Dec. 1, making it easier than ever for law...

Florida court says iPhone passcode must be revealed

A court in Florida has said a suspected voyeur can be made to reveal his iPhone passcode to investigators.T he defendant was arrested after a woman out shopping saw a man crouch down and aim what she believed was a smartphone under her skirt. The decision was criticised by senior...

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