PQCrypto
In ~10 years Quantum Computers will break todays common asymmetric publickey cryptography algorithms used for web encryption (https), email encryption (gnupg...), ssh and others. 
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Quantum Computers[edit]
Quantum computers are based on the phenomena of quantum mechanics as opposed to classical computers familiar to everyone today. They are made up of qubits that can express many different states simultaneously, solving some types of mathematical problems in near instant time. Assembling a quantum computer is now an engineering problem rather than one impeded by laws of physics  a theoretically imperfect machine can still yield useful results. Such a computer is sought after by every heavyweight signal intelligence agency because of implications for publickey cryptography systems widely used today. Ciphertext unbreakable by today's classical computers will be shredded into ribbons by a large quantum computer. The Snowden documents reveal that every piece of encrypted data traversing the internet is intercepted and stored indefinitely for decryption should there be a breakthrough. A global arms race by the United States, EU, Russia, China and Israel ensues.
The academic and corporate world estimate that a large quantum computer will be built in 1015 years from now (as of 2016). Its safe to assume the time is even less for intelligence communities.
What's broken?[edit]
All asymmetric publickey crypto and signature algorithms used today  the type of crypto that protects your communications over the internet.
Symmetric crypto key size strength is halved (256bit drops down to 128bit)  the type used for Full Disk Encryption, encrypting data with a passphrase.
All current generation symmetric crypto authenticated modes such as CBCMAC, PMAC, GMAC, GCM, and OCB are completely broken and this is also also applicable to many CAESAR competition candidates: CLOC, AEZ, COPA, OTR, POET,OMD, and Minalpher. ^{[1]}
For more details visit https://pqcrypto.org/
What now?[edit]
The answer is PostQuantum (PQ) Cryptography. Its a drop in replacement for crypto libraries deployed now except it uses different types of math problems known to be "quantum hard" meaning its just as difficult for a Quantum Computer to solve as it is for Classical ones.
Competent cryptographers are in the process of improving performance of PQ Crypto and designing ciphersuites efficient for everyday use. The Tor Project are planning to migrate to quantum resistant ciphers by version 0.2.9.x.
Tor dev meeting: http://meetbot.debian.net/tordev/2016/tordev.2016020413.28.html
Initial recommendations for PQ Crypto algorithms were published September 2015.
Software[edit]
This is a listing of Free Software known to known to resist quantum computers and not an endorsement for any particular tool. You are better off setting up arbitrary protocols over Tor Hidden Services once PQ crypto is deployed to mitigate exposure in case of unknown implementation failures in each and every other tool (with the exception of onetime pads that are information theoretically secure).^{[2]}
Informal adoption checklist:^{[3]}
 Quantumresistant algorithms have withstood susbstantial cryptanalytic efforts.
 Crypto libraries written by competent cryptographers and audited for correct implementation.
 Widely adopted for better blending in.
Setup Guides[edit]
Codecrypt[edit]
This is a GnuPGlike unix program for encryption and signing that uses only quantumcomputerresistant algorithms:^{[4]}^{[5]}
 McEliece cryptosystem (compact QCMDPC variant) for encryption
 Hashbased Merkle tree algorithm (FMTSeq variant) for digital signatures
Codecrypt is free software. The code is licensed under terms of LGPL3 in a good hope that it will make combinations with other tools easier.
Installation[edit]
Unfortunately not possible to install on Jessie even with apt pinning as it will mix core packages between stable and unstable causing Whonix to break.^{[6]} A supported version has already landed in Stretch however.
AnnealMail[edit]
AnnealMail is a modified Enigmail implementation built around the Codecrypt PQcrypto suite. Some interesting features include encrypted subject lines. Until it is packaged for Debian^{[7]} it can be easily built from source.
1. Download the build dependencies and execute the commands^{[8]} then install the resulting addon file from Icedove's extension tab.
2. Follow the instructions for setting up AnnealMail with Codecrypt^{[9]}
OneTime[edit]
OneTime^{[10]} is a program that sets up a onetime pad on your computer and protects from reusing pads and shooting yourself in the foot. OneTime is available in Debian.^{[11]} Onetime pads are the only provably unbreakable encryption scheme ever invented (assuming a functional/nonbackdoored RNG).^{[12]}^{[13]}
OneTime can encrypt any kind of file  it doesn't matter if the file's contents are Base64encoded or not, because OneTime is not interpreting the contents of the file. It just treats the file as a string of bits. (The same is true of just about all encryption software, by the way; OneTime is not unique in this regard.)
Onetime pads should be secure against cryptographic attacks by quantum computers for the same reason they're secure against any other kind of attack: if the encryption key is truly random, and the key is as long as the message, then all possible plaintexts are equally likely. Quantum computers are not telepathic, so there shouldn't be any way they can attack a message properly encrypted with a onetime pad. Indeed, there really is no possible cryptographic attack against such a message. (Of course, using the system in practice can be difficult, due to the logistics of key exchange, but quantum computing won't affect that.)^{[14]}
Limitations:
 The message and the key are identical in size  but with large harddisks these days this is not a problem.
 There is no way to securely contact someone you don't know  you must exchange the pad file in person or by other trustworthy peers. Sending the pad online makes it as strong as the asymmetric crypto you are using.
 No message integrity. There is no way for the recipient to discover if the ciphertext has been tampered with during transit.
 You must never ever reuse the pad to encrypt another message. Doing so breaks the the encryption.^{[15]}
Misc[edit]
Footnotes[edit]
 ↑ [https://arxiv.org/pdf/1602.05973v3.pdf Breaking Symmetric Cryptosystems using Quantum Period Finding]
 ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Information_theoretic_security
 ↑ https://forums.whonix.org/t/postquantumcryptographypqc/2011/17
 ↑ https://github.com/exaexa/codecrypt
 ↑ http://exa.org/codecrypt/
 ↑ https://bugs.debian.org/cgibin/bugreport.cgi?bug=839178#38
 ↑ https://github.com/annealmail/annealmail/issues/10
 ↑ https://github.com/annealmail/annealmail/blob/master/COMPILING
 ↑ https://github.com/annealmail/annealmail/blob/master/README.md
 ↑ https://github.com/kfogel/OneTime
 ↑ https://packages.debian.org/search?searchon=names&keywords=onetime
 ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Onetime_pad
 ↑ http://users.telenet.be/d.rijmenants/en/onetimepad.htm
 ↑ https://github.com/kfogel/OneTime/issues/14#issuecomment218038898
 ↑ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venona_project#Decryption
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