18 April 2019
Recap: Fluidkeys makes PGP simple for engineering teams. It helps you safeguard your source code and protect passwords, secrets and personal data.
The short version
- We gave a demo to the BSI
- We’ve been automating our onboarding
- We made some funding and product plans
We gave a demo to the BSI
The Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik (German Federal Office for Information Security) kindly invited us to demo Fluidkeys this week.
We dialled in via Zoom to their offices in Germany (an experiment for both of us!) and demonstrated 3
ways that Fluidkeys simplifies PGP for teams. There were some great questions afterwards and good
We’re grateful for their ongoing kindness and moral support!
We’ve been automating our onboarding
When people install Fluidkeys, there are certain things we’d like to see happen, for example enabling
automatic key extending, sending a secret, creating a team.
If those things don’t happen, we’d like to gently point people in the right direction by email.
This is also a great way of finding out if anything went wrong, or if the person has any questions.
Much of this week was laying the groundwork for automating sending these emails.
We made some funding and product plans
Just now we put together a list of potential funding organisations who might be able to help bridge our
funding gap in August. I’ve learned a lot about who’s out there and some of the awesome projects
they’ve funded. We’ve decided to do “funding mondays” where we spend half a day working on funding
research and applications. If you know any organisations interested in any of these areas, we’d love
to hear from you:
- Reducing data breaches and the erosion of privacy
- Improving the open source encryption ecosystem
- Catalysing change across the technology industry by building tools that embed privacy by design
- Fluidkeys for journalists: making strong encryption simple for journalists
We also planned the next few weeks on product: we’re going to add some telemetry to Fluidkeys
so we know exactly what’s working and what’s not. We’ve found an issue in the way macOS mojave
allows background access to the Keychain (for storing passwords) which affects Fluidkeys’ ability
to run automatically. With telemetry we’ll be able to measure that and help people fix it before it
becomes a problem.
Next week we’ll implement automatic expiry emails so anyone whose Fluidkeys’ is not running correctly
in the background will get instructions to remedy the issue before it becomes a problem.
That’s it for now. Happy Easter!
/All/ feedback is welcome, pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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Week 37: Automating our onboarding
Thursday 18 Apr 2019
Week 36: The future, customers and funders 🔮
Friday 12 Apr 2019
Week 35: The Internet Freedom Festival ✊🏽
Friday 5 Apr 2019
Week 34: Releasing v1.0 and being on FLOSS weekly 📻
Friday 29 Mar 2019
Week 33: Ready to release
Friday 22 Mar 2019
Week 32: Admins can authorise people to join a team
Friday 15 Mar 2019
Week 31: A new homepage for our upcoming v1 release
Friday 8 Mar 2019
Week 30: Request to join a team
Friday 1 Mar 2019
Week 29: Create a team
Friday 22 Feb 2019
Week 28: 0.4 and thinking about the future 🔮
Friday 15 Feb 2019
Week 27: Looking ahead
Friday 8 Feb 2019
Week 26: Finished our preview site
Friday 1 Feb 2019
Week 25: We've got our first customer!
Friday 25 Jan 2019
Week 24: Preparing Fluidkeys for Teams
Friday 18 Jan 2019
Week 23: Telling the world about encrypted secrets
Friday 11 Jan 2019
Week 20: Quietly releasing 0.3
Friday 21 Dec 2018
Week 19: Onboarding
Friday 14 Dec 2018
Week 18: Send secrets with Fluidkeys
Friday 7 Dec 2018
Week 17: Rejigging our roadmap
Friday 30 Nov 2018
Week 16: Getting started with teams
Friday 23 Nov 2018
Week 15: Can you help intro us to infosec people?
Friday 16 Nov 2018
Week 14: Want to use Fluidkeys in your team?
Friday 9 Nov 2018
Week 13: Working on Fluidkeys the Business
Friday 2 Nov 2018
Week 12: Fluidkeys v0.2 and the OpenPGP Email summit
Friday 26 Oct 2018
Week 11, Automation 🤖
Friday 19 Oct 2018
Week 10, We put on a Digital Self Defence class!
Friday 12 Oct 2018
Week 9, Fixing existing keys
Friday 5 Oct 2018
Week 8, We've got key rotation working!
Friday 28 Sep 2018
Week 7, Patterns for PGP in teams
Friday 21 Sep 2018
Week 6, Building Key Rotation
Friday 14 Sep 2018
Week 5, Backups
Friday 7 Sep 2018
Week 4, Sketching a command line interface
Friday 31 Aug 2018
Week 3, Released 0.1 🎉
Friday 24 Aug 2018
Week 2, Starting Fluidkeys
Friday 17 Aug 2018
Week 1, Researching privacy and security
Friday 10 Aug 2018