encryption

How Much Your Inbox Is Worth To Cybercriminals

Many of us have had the experience of receiving a spammy email from a friend or loved one, only to have a frantic follow-up note arrive a few minutes later from that person stating that his or her email account was hacked and warning us not to open or respond to any of the messages sent by the intruder. To be sure, this is an alarming situation for many users. But the scarier truth is that if your inbox (or your phone, tablet, Twitter or Instagram account, anything really) gets hijacked by modern cyberthieves, spewing spam is about the most innocuous thing that can happen to it.


Tor Is Still Safe

Tor is having a bit of a crisis, as it’s become increasingly clear that the wildly popular network isn’t the internet invisibility cloak it was once thought to be. Don’t panic. It’s not perfect, but it’s still the best we’ve got.


The UK Spying Agency Wants To Tell Kids How Great Encryption Is

Most of the time, when you hear about GCHQ, Britain’s answer to the NSA, it’s in the same sentence about mass surveillance or mobile phone hacking. But this time around, the Brit spies have made an app that teaches little kiddies how totally fantastic encryption is.


Forget Encryption, Encode Secret Messages In Fake Spam

Send an encrypted email, and whoever sees it whistle past their eyes knows you’re trying to hide something. So why not hide your most secret messages in plain sight, hidden in otherwise innocuous-looking spam?


Fact Vs Fiction: The 225-Year-Old All Writs Act And Encryption

Following recent reports in the Wall Street Journal and Ars Technica, there’s been new interest in the US government’s use of a relatively obscure law, the All Writs Act.


DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill A Child, Which, C'mon

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a US Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full of Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to die. A child!


WhatsApp Now Provides End-To-End Encryption For Your Messages

Encryption is a vital tool in helping keep your messages tucked away from prying eyes. But trying to stay safe while texting meant also being siloed into effective-yet-niche chat platforms such as Silent Circle. But today WhatsApp will start bringing end-to-end encryption to its 600 million users.


Why Are ISPs Removing Their Customers' Email Encryption?

Recently, Verizon was caught tampering with its customer’s web requests to inject a tracking super-cookie. Another network-tampering threat to user safety has come to light from other providers: email encryption downgrade attacks.


A Simple Chrome Extension Encrypts Facebook, Twitter, And Gmail Messages

If you want to make sure you’re sending a secure message, there’s a whole slew of privacy-minded services that include encryption these days. But sometimes you just want to send something on Facebook without feeling like you’re a prime candidate for digital eavesdropping. That’s where ShadowCrypt comes in.


Why The FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI’s nearly 20-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices rather than help you increase it. Here’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s response.