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What Benjamin Franklin can teach us about cybersecurity

Advances in communication like Franklin’s postal service and today’s Internet can help topple regimes — and also erode privacy. Tools like WhoIsGuard offer the anonymity of a Post Office Box.

Matt Orlando/The Christian Science Monitor

Implausible as it may sound today, Benjamin Franklin’s postal service helped boot the British during the Revolutionary War. As the first Postmaster General of the Second Continental Congress, Franklin’s objective was to establish a system that could consistently and securely convey intelligence between Congress and its armies.

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