Privacy is impossible not because of the limitations of technology, but because people don’t want it–they either don’t understand or care about what is at stake. I spend much of my day resetting people’s devices to factory settings. Almost to a man, they are frustrated by the authentication process required to restore their data and set them up again, as if it’s an oppressive burden to remember the passwords they themselves created. Instead, they simply use the easiest password they can think of across every login and site. When I point out how simple they are to crack the usual response is something along the lines of not having anything to hide. This is terrifying, and why hackers will always have the upper hand.

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