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For privacy lovers, the right type of software

Edward Snowden, high school dropout and National Security Agency turncoat, has now become a typewriter salesman. In the wake of Snowden’s revelations about America’s vast electronic spy network, Russia’s Federal Security Service is switching to the old-school machines instead of desktop computers. Typewriters are slow and inefficient, but they can’t be hacked.

We’re all in the same boat. Snowden’s NSA leaks suggest that many popular digital products have been infiltrated by government snoops, leaving users with a bitter choice — forfeit your privacy or your favorite technology. With each new leak the threat seems worse.

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