Discussions about security tend to quickly veer toward the extreme and the abstract. We gravitate to disastrous scenarios and illustrate them with stories like when Mary Queen of Scots was executed after her [co-conspirators’ ciphers](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary,_Queen_of_Scots#Trial) were broken, and their assassination plot foiled. These stories grip us, but they also alienate us from the the idea of privacy. They establish a world where privacy and plotting are one and the same. Where secrets only exist in a world of intrigue and military struggles, and no normal person would need worry.