Contact

If you want to get in touch, use one of the methods below. If you have an interesting tip or story about something infosec, startups or tech related – get in touch. If you’d like me to help you with something or if you are a journalist or blogger working on a story, feel free to get in touch.

Email

I can primarily be contacted on nikcub at gmail.

Note: Some PR people have assumed that because I have a blog and have published my email address that it is ok to add me to their distribution lists. I am really not interested in the latest press release from your client, or in “speaking to an expert” about the latest security story. I don’t read these emails, I don’t reply to them, I don’t click the unsubscribe link or ask to be removed – I simply mark them as spam and move on. I’ll never see another email from you if you do this.

Social Media

On twitter at @nikcub and most other places as nikcub.

Instant Messenger

XMPP is nikc@dukgo.com. OTR Key fingerprint Fingerprint: 8A15F1CA B322DF06 732D5FB1 BCA86E7D CB27BEC8 (reissued Wed, 11 March 2014)

XMPP is a distributed instant messaging service. You can signup for an XMPP account at any number of server providers. I recommend using the free server provided by DuckDuckGo. Details and instruction for their XMPP service are available on their website.

OTR is short for “off-the-record messaging” and is a protocol that encrypts instant messages. It can run over any existing instant messaging network such as Google Hangouts, Facebook and XMPP provided that both users in the conversation have a client that supports the protocol.

Most users who refer to using XMPP for secure IM are referring to the combination of using XMPP and OTR. For a list of software clients that support XMPP and OTR see the XMPP page on the Prism Break website. The Jabber project maintains a list of XMPP server providers.

On OS X I recommend using Adium, which has both XMPP and OTR support, as well as support for Facebook Chat, Google and other IM networks. On Android and iOS you can download and install ChatSecure (available in the Apple store as well as in the Play Store). On Windows and Linux you can use Pidgin, which also supports numerous other protocols. Pidgin requires a plugin for OTR which you can download from the OTR project website, which also contains instructions on how to install the plugin (it is simple).

PGP

My PGP public key ID is 3D385CC5 with fingerprint E207 612C E504 10EF B789 6E34 2E4C E6CA 3D38 5CC5

It can be found on most keyservers. However you get the key, you should verify the ID and fingerprint against Twitter, website with a confirmation email or my other public web profiles where these details are published.

Key link:

https://www.nikcub.com/nikcub.asc

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