#83 Encrypt a message
on the off-chance I ever want to become a whistle-blower.
Back in primary school, it was so simple to send coded messages.
But then we graduated to word processors and the level of sophistication increased. Lemon juice was out.
Instead, you could send a friend a seemingly innocent computer message that wouldn’t cause any problems if her mother found it:
Sally, of course, knows there’s a secret message encrypted in this innocuous double-spaced word document, and all she has to do is highlight every blank line and change the white print Alison has used into red print to reveal the true plan:
I’m not suggesting I would ever have done this
In a similar vein, I’ve read work references that on the surface, read positively:
but when decoded—by reading every alternate line instead—reveal an entirely different message
A friend once sent me an email that opened on my iPad looking like this intriguing, encrypted message:
So I turned to trusty Google to ask ‘How do I encrypt an email?’
Suffice to say that if becoming a whistleblower isn’t frightening enough, try understanding advice given by a computer geek.
I knew there was a reason I’ve always been an Apple girl.
I’m beginning to suspect that this world of espionage is not for the fainthearted—or the feebleminded.