Public, Private, and Secret Communications

What you think is secret, probably isn’t. Even what you think is private should be considered public. Understanding the difference between these three types of communication is essential to maintaining a strong culture of data security.

Public communication

Consider most of the digital communicating you do to be public because unencrypted data is public data. Text Messaging, Email, Facebook, Instagram, Google Groups & Docs, Slack… yep, all public.

If you don’t know for sure that your communication platform is encrypted, consider your communications public.

Private communication

Just because you’re “logged in” and what you’re communicating can’t be found by search engines, it doesn’t mean your communications are really private. “Private” Facebook groups are not private communication.

Only communication using end-to-end encrypted, open source software (eg Signal) is really private.

Secret communication

Secret” Facebook groups are not really secret. They’re not even private.

Truly secret communication is only possible if you’re partying like it’s 1899 and not using a phone or a computer to communicate, e.g IRL (in real life) or via post.