Tag: Encryption

Google's Adiantum Lets Even Cheap Android Smartphones Get Encryption

Google is unveiling its new form of encryption called Adiantum. It's designed to work with even low-end smartphones, computers, and the like without slowing them down and making them unusable.

Google February 7, 2019

Google Chrome Now Warns You When Visiting Unencrypted Sites

Google Chrome will be more aggressive about encryption going forward. HTTP sites will now be labeled as 'Not Secure' each time a user visits them.

Internet July 25, 2018

Serious PGP Security Flaw Makes Email Encryption Unsafe: What To Do Until It's Fixed

Researchers have found a major security flaw in PGP, making users who encrypt their email with PGP or S/MIME vulnerable to attackers. The flaw has been dubbed 'EFAIL,' and it can pull plaintext from encrypted emails.

Security May 14, 2018

Rumor: Twitter Is Testing An Encrypted Messaging Feature

Twitter’s newest feature is end-to-end encryption for direct messages, something a number of users have been requesting for a long time. The feature shows up in the latest Twitter APK, indicating imminent rollout.

Apps/Software May 8, 2018

WhatsApp Co-Founder Pours $50M Into Signal Messenger To Make Encrypted Messaging More Accessible And Ubiquitous

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton announced a $50 million investment in Signal as Open Whisper Systems is establishing the Signal Foundation. The goal is to enable secure global communication and make encrypted messaging ubiquitous.

Security February 22, 2018

Hackers Can Use Wi-Fi To See Your Tinder Photos And Likes

Hackers on the same Wi-Fi network as Tinder users can now gain access to their photos. This is because Tinder doesn't use HTTPS encryption for information such as images.

Apps/Software January 26, 2018

Researchers Develop High-Speed Quantum Encryption, And It Might Just Be The Future Of Cybersecurity

The key to a secure and safe internet might just be quantum encryption. A team of researchers have developed a new encryption system that’s basically hack-proof, potentially improving the state of cybersecurity.

Security November 27, 2017

UK Wants WhatsApp Backdoor Access Amid Privacy And Security Concerns

The UK's bid to gain access to WhatsApp following the London attack has stirred another round of controversy in the encryption debacle. WhatsApp uses end-to-end encryption to secure communication and a backdoor would create a dangerous security loophole.

Security March 28, 2017

UK Government Wants Access To WhatsApp: 'There Should Be No Place For Terrorists To Hide'

United Kingdom Home Secretary Amber Rudd is calling for WhatsApp and other encrypted communication services to open up their platforms to intelligence teams. Last week, the man behind the London incident checked his WhatsApp account shortly before the attack.

Security March 27, 2017

Android Security: How Google Scans Billions Of Apps To Keep Malware At Bay

Android Security has an overwhelming task to keep the Android Universe free from malware. We look at how the company is able to handle this daunting task.

Security February 28, 2017

Secure Messaging: Signal App Update Adds Encrypted Video Calls Beta And More

Open Whisper Systems just released a new update for secure messaging app Signal for both Android and iOS. Among the highlights, the update includes an open beta for encrypted video calls.

Apps/Software February 15, 2017

Viber Update Adds ‘Secret Messages’ Feature: Users Can Now Send Self-Destructing Photos And Videos

Viber has just released an update that adds a ‘secret messaging’ feature to the popular messaging app, wherein users can send photos or video that self-destruct after a given period. The update is available now on both iOS and Android.

Apps/Software February 6, 2017

iOS Crack That FBI Used Is Now Released To Public Via Hacker Dump

The backdoor tool used by the FBI to unlock the iPhone owned by one of the San Bernardino shooters is already available on the web. It was published by a hacker in an online code repository called Pastebin.

Apple February 5, 2017

Security Experts Push To Have WhatsApp 'Backdoor' Story By The Guardian Retracted

A group of security experts has called The Guardian to retract its story calling one of WhatsApp's features as a security vulnerability. Critics argue that it is forcing users to turn to less secure alternatives.

Apps/Software January 22, 2017

DSLR Camera Encryption: Here Are The Pros And Cons For Photojournalists

The Freedom of the Press Foundation has sent an open letter to major camera manufacturers, asking for encryption features to be built into camera equipment used in photojournalism. But just how useful is camera encryption?

Gadgets December 17, 2016

WhatsApp Getting 2-Step Authentication For Tight Security: Feature Heads To Windows, Android Phones Via Beta Update

WhatsApp's latest beta build includes a two-factor authentication method that prevents hackers from taking over a user account. It also includes new features such as background playback capability for audio messages.

Apps/Software November 11, 2016

Facebook Messenger Encryption: You Can Now Enable Facebook Secret Conversations

Facebook finished rolling out full on encryption to the 900 million users of its Messenger app. Users were allowed to tap into end-to-end encryption using the super safe Signal protocol, but there is a catch.

Apps/Software October 5, 2016

Apple CEO Tim Cook Talks Augmented Reality And Privacy At Utah Tech Tour, Says Encryption 'Makes The Public Safe'

Tim Cook talked about the importance of privacy and the potential of virtual reality technology. He was hosted by Utah senator Orrin Hatch during the Utah Technology Council.

Apple October 3, 2016

Your iMessages Are Safe From Police, But Apple Still Stores Some Digital Breadcrumbs It Could Share

Apple's encryption keeps it from accessing your iMessages and sharing them with law enforcement, but the company still keeps some digital breadcrumbs. For instance, Apple could share a list of your contacts' phone numbers.

Apple September 28, 2016

Google Chrome Will Soon Call Out Unsecure Websites To Help Protect Your Passwords, Credit Card Details

Google will soon begin to mark HTTP websites with a 'not secure' label on Chrome. The move is a part of Google's long-term plan to mark all HTTP connections as unsafe ones.

Google September 10, 2016

Microsoft Accidentally Leaks 'Golden Keys' That Unlock Secure Boot-Protected Windows Devices: Oops?

Microsoft accidentally leaked the 'golden keys' that will allow hackers to unlock Windows devices protected by Secure Boot. This is why Apple was not willing to take the risk of creating a backdoor for its systems upon the FBI’s demands.

Microsoft August 11, 2016

WhatsApp May Not Be So Secure: Messages For iOS Aren’t Really Deleted

Even though users deleted messages from WhatsApp, an iOS security researcher found that the record of these chats aren’t really deleted from the app.

Apps/Software July 29, 2016

Qualcomm Told Google About The Android Encryption Flaw In 2014, So Why The Delay To Patch It?

Qualcomm says it informed Google about a critical security flaw as early as 2014, but Google took more than a year to roll out a security patch. We take a look at the reasons why Android devices remained vulnerable.

Security July 9, 2016

Google vs Quantum Hacking: New Crypto Secures Chrome From Quantum Attacks

Google is experimenting with a new algorithm on Chrome designed to safeguard against quantum hacking, or attacks from quantum computers. The internet company is using 'post-quantum cryptography.'

Security July 7, 2016

Warning: Android Full Disk Encryption Significantly Weaker On Qualcomm Chips

An independent security researcher identified big vulnerabilities in Android devices running on Qualcomm chips. The reason behind the concern is that the full disk encryption is lacking in protection, although Google claims otherwise.

Security July 2, 2016

Facebook Funds Frozen In Brazil Over WhatsApp Encryption Controversy Surrounding International Drug Smuggling Investigation

Roughly $6 million in Facebook funds are now frozen in Brazil, as part of the encryption dispute between WhatsApp and local authorities investigating an international drug smuggling case. This move marks the latest attempt to get WhatsApp to turn over user data.

Business Tech July 1, 2016

Mozilla Is Breaking Down The Basics Of Encryption With The Help Of Emojis

Mozilla is teaching users the basics of encryption using emojis in this education game that consists of deciphering messages.

Internet June 30, 2016

Apple Introduces New File System That Focuses On Security

Apple's new file system, simply named the Apple File System or APFS, is able to offer a unified encryption method for all Apple devices. It is currently available in preview form to developers and is expected to launch next year.

Apple June 15, 2016

How Much Do Android Smartphones With High-Grade Security Cost? $14,000 Apparently

Sirin Labs has unveiled its Android smartphone with high-grade security features and a steep price. Here is what to expect from this super-expensive $14,000 smartphone.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 1, 2016

Tex May Be The Most Secure - And Annoying - Messaging App Ever: Here's Why

Tex is a secure messaging app that lets users create and change fake names so contacts never know their real identity.

Apps/Software May 20, 2016

FBI Intends To Keep Hacking Tool Used In San Bernardino iPhone Secret

The FBI got help from a third party to access the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, but may keep the details to itself. The government agency is hesitant to release the data to Apple following the highly-publicized case.

Apple April 27, 2016

Viber Adds End-To-End Encryption, Following Footsteps Of WhatsApp And Apple

Viber added end-to-end encryption to protect all conversations between individual users and groups on its network. All Android and iOS users are required to download Viber version 6.0 for the encryption to take effect.

Apps/Software April 20, 2016

BlackBerry CEO Says Tech Companies Should 'Comply With Reasonable Lawful Requests'

John Chen made a defensive statement in response to a recent revelation that clearly points toward BlackBerry aiding Canadian law enforcement to access all secure BBM and PIN messages of every BlackBerry device. The statement speaks of the company’s high ethical values and neither accepts nor denies the charges.

Business April 19, 2016

Apple Supports Claim As World's Most Effective Security Organization

From the start, Apple has been keen on protecting its user’s private information from prying eyes. The preventive measures the company incorporates into each Apple device may just support this claim, detailed in this report.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 18, 2016

Apple Refuses To Help FBI Unlock iPhone In New York Drug Case: Who Will Have The Last Laugh?

Apple wants to take the encryption debate out of court. Meanwhile, the Justice Department says Apple has "changed course."

Legal April 17, 2016

BlackBerry Takes Pride In Encryption And Security, But Canadian Police Have VIP Access To BlackBerry Phones

BlackBerry is one of the fortresses of digital encryption and security but some authorities have special access to its devices, according to recent reports. The Canadian police is reportedly able to peruse your BBM messages, as it has the right key.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 15, 2016

FBI Reportedly Hired Professional Hackers To Crack San Bernardino iPhone

The FBI is said to have paid professional hackers to break through the encryption of the iPhone 5c used by one of the perpetrators in the San Bernardino shooting last year. The hackers reportedly created hardware that took advantage of a previously unknown flaw in iOS 9.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 13, 2016

Feds Still Prod Apple To Unlock iPhone In New York Drug Case

Despite success in unlocking the iPhone 5c of the San Bernardino shooter, the government is continuing to arm-twist Apple to unlock another smartphone. The Justice Department has filed an appeal for Apple's assistance in accessing iPhone data in relation to a New York drug case.

Legal April 10, 2016

Encrypted Messaging App Signal For Desktop Now Open To All With Publicly Available Beta

Signal finally opened up its beta testing to all end-to-end encryption enthusiasts. The messaging app was Snowden-commended for its high confidentiality and how it allows users to do almost everything that rival softwares can do.

Apps/Software April 9, 2016

The Case Lingers On: The FBI's iPhone Hack Only Works On iPhone 5C And Older Models

FBI director James Comey revealed the hack used to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone only will work with select iPhone models like the iPhone 5c.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech April 7, 2016

WhatsApp Turns On Full End-To-End Encryption: What Does This Mean For Its More Than 1 Billion Users?

WhatsApp enables end-to-end encryption, making things completely secure for its more than 1 billion users. It is now arguably one of the safest messaging platforms to date.

Apps/Software April 6, 2016

WhatsApp Now Has End-To-End Encryption For All Types Of Messages

The popular messaging app WhatsApp announced that it will now support end-to-end encryption for its voice, photo and video messages.

Apps/Software April 5, 2016

Game Of Phones: Did FBI Work With Cellebrite To Break iPhone's Encryption?

The FBI has found someone, other than Apple, to crack open the San Bernardino iPhone. Some anonymous sources are saying its long-time FBI collaborator Cellebrite, while others are saying another party came forward with a way past the phone's encryption.

Legal April 3, 2016

FBI Agrees To Help Unlock iPhone 6, iPod That Might Hold Evidence In Arkansas Murder Trial

The FBI has agreed to assist prosecutors in unlocking an iPhone 6 and an iPod that could contain evidence related to a murder case in Arkansas. It is not determined, however, if the FBI would use the same method to unlock the iPhone used by Syed Farook in the San Bernardino shooting.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech March 31, 2016

It's Not Just iPhones: Feds Also Asked Google To Help Unlock Android Phones, ACLU Reveals

The Feds recently cracked down hard on Apple to unlock an iPhone, but such practices are nothing new. Both Apple and Google received requests to break into phones on at least 63 occasions, the ACLU reveals.

Legal March 31, 2016

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