Contact Information

Email: bram(at)academic.coffee

For encryption, lee below. If you are using ProtonMail, there is no need to further encrypt as my email also makes use of ProtonMail.

Message service: Signal (get my phone number by sending me a mail - encrypted)

ProtonMail KeyBase Signal

How to encrypt (TL;RL)

If you wish to contact me in a secure manner, there are several ways. Why would you go to the trouble? To make sure we can have a private conversation, and exchange files and thought without anyone snooping in.

Using email

Email might be better than carrier pigeons, but the messages are as easily intercepted, modified, or read. Hence, we would need to look at how we can easily encrypt our words.

On MacOS, you can download GPGTools. Windows users can install Gpg4win. Linux users can use of the many applications that work with GnuPG.

Your first step is to create a private/public key combination. The public key, as the name suggest is the one you share with everyone so they can use it to encrypt mails and files only you can decrypt.

Your private (aka secret) key remains in your possession. NEVER share this key with anyone. Neither should you ever share the password you used to generate the key combination. Make sure it’s a unique password!

Once you are all set, mail me at bram(at)academic.coffee!

Messages

Though for instance Apple, Facebook’s WhatsApp and Telegram provide end-to-end encryption, the source code of these applications remain in the vaults of their respected owners. This means that at the end of the day, you need to trust corporations on their word when it comes to whether their applications are truly end-to-end, and no government or other people can decrypt your conversations.

The alternative is to use an application that is open source, meaning everyone can scrutinise the code and find potential bugs and security flaws.

I use Signal for that purpose. It’s secure and Open Source.

Alternative ways to contact me

Keybase is a sweet way to share your public GPG key, and claim/proof ownership of your sites and social media accounts.

You can find my Keybase account here: keybase.io/bramphd

My public GPG key:

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