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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...

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

Security Education

Don’t Mix Policing with COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Over the weekend, Minnesota’s Public Safety Commissioner analogized COVID-19 contact tracing with police investigation of arrested protesters. This analogy is misleading and dangerous. It also underlines the need for public health officials to practice strict data minimization—including a ban on sharing with police any personal information collected through contact tracing.On...

An array of laptops, each with a virus image, except one, which has a surveillance eye.

جوازات المناعة تشكّل تهديداً لخصوصيتنا وأمن معلوماتنا

مع بدء عدّة دول بالتخفيف من القيود المفروضة بسبب العزل المنزلي، تحوّل النقاش حول فيروس كوفيد-19 إلى أسئلة حول موعد وكيفية العودة إلى العمل أو اصطحاب الأطفال إلى المدارس أو التخطيط للرحلات الجوية.أعرب عدد من الدول مثل الولايات المتحدة الأميركية والمملكة المتحدة وإيطاليا والتشيلي وألمانيا وولاية كاليفورنيا عن...


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