encryption

The FBI Would Like Us All To Unencrypt Our Phones

When Apple decided to encrypt its iPhones by default, the move was hailed as a major step forward for security. Except, of course, by the FBI, which is now saying that such encryption should be outlawed. For the safety of Americans, of course.


5 Unsettling Works Of Encryption Art

Encryption is the process of encoding a message, and today we have incredibly sophisticated software and algorithms that make our encrypted messages almost impossible to decode. But how does it work? These art projects answer that question by exploring how encryption has become part of daily lives.


Most Americans Aren't Protecting Themselves Against Surveillance

As we inch up on the two-year anniversary of the Snowden leaks, it’s important to think about how the Earth-shattering revelations about America’s intelligence-gathering have affected Americans. We’re all using Tor and DuckDuckGo and PGP and protecting ourselves against surveillance now, right? LOL, no.


Hillary Clinton Didn't Encrypt Her Secretary Of State Emails For Months 

New details have emerged about exactly how Hillary Clinton secured the homebrew private email servers she used as Secretary of State. The punchline? Clinton didn’t encrypt her emails or use a certificate for her first three months running the State Department.


That Decades-Old FREAK Security Flaw Affects Every Version Of Windows

A few days ago, computer scientists revealed a wide-spread security exploit called FREAK. At first it was thought to be a vulnerability confined to Android devices and Macs, but it turns out that it affects Windows machines too.


Android 5.0 Devices Aren't Encrypted By Default Despite Google Promises

When Android 5.0 Lollipop launched, Google proudly claimed that full-disk encryption was a standard feature, enabled by default. But now phones with the OS are starting to appear in the wild, that appears not to be the case.


Blackphone 2: Beat Australia's Data Retention Laws With This Super-Secure Smartphone

“While the rest of the market is going one way, with selfie sticks and curved screens, we’re going down another, to the heart of problems, sticking with privacy and security,” said Silent Circle’s Mike Janke at the launch of the company’s new secure smartphone, the Blackphone 2. And he’s not kidding — though no frills in design, it’s kitted out with some serious security features. It’s the phone that promises to help you beat the Australian Government’s data retention scheme.


PayPal Cancelled Mega's Account Because Of Encryption (But Really Piracy)

Mega is one of the only cloud storage services that offers end-to-end encryption, a great feature for people who value security. However, after political pressure from MPAA-affiliated goons, PayPal recently decided to stop providing payment services to Mega. What gives?


The NSA Has The Master Key To Unlock Your Phone's Secure Messages

According to top-secret documents given to The Intercept by Edward Snowden, British and American spies stole encryption keys from the largest SIM card manufacturer in the world. This is a huge deal because it means it could be way, way easier for the NSA to conduct widespread surveillance of encrypted communications without ever asking permission or even letting on that it’s doing so.


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