Assume Your Computer is Owned at All Times

Here’s something that shouldn’t surprise anyone: it’s open-season on online information and, as far as targets go, you’re just a fat, awkward turkey. Facebook and Google record what you’re chatting about, and all the government has to do to get it is give the secret knock.

Humanitarian hacker Nadim Kobeissi is changing a thing or two about that, however. Like many dedicated netizens, the Lebanese-born 21-year-old worries about a growing lack of privacy in our online communications. He’s also a big fan of cute animals. Thus Cryptocat — a free encrypted chat application with retro graphics and feline-themed emoticons — was born.