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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

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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...

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 face serious legal challenges that prevent or inhibit their work. These challenges come from laws...

Security Updates

FAQ: Apple, the FBI, and Zero Days

What We Know about the Vulnerabilities Equities Process and Government Hacking Since the FBI’s announcement last month that it had successfully accessed data on a locked iPhone used in the San Bernardino shootings, there has been intense speculation about exactly how the Bureau got in. If you had “iOS...

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