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Now Everyone Can Use The Most Secure Messenger On Desktop

Signal already offers the best way to send secure and privacy conscious messages on Android and iOS, and now, an update offers everyone the opportunity to use Signal on the desktop.


Your Instagram Stories Are Public 

Instagram did such a good job of completely ripping off Snapchat’s stories feature that you might think the two features work exactly the same. Well, I’ve got some bad news for you: Your Instagram stories are totally public.


What To Do With Your Hacked Yahoo Account

Yahoo just announced that it was the victim of a devastating state-sponsored hack that resulted in the personal data of half a billion users being breached. If you’re a Yahoo user, your account may have been comprised.


British Defence Giant Offers Tactical Spy Garbage Bins To American Cops

While most of us eventually stop playing spies, American police departments have found it increasingly tough to grow up, using military-developed surveillance equipment for crimes as minor as 911 hangups in recent years. Sensing an opportunity, defence contractors apparently stepped in to fulfil the demand, as demonstrated by a newly leaked 2014 product catalogue from British defence firm Cobham.


How To Tell If Someone Is Tracking Your Emails

Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It’s a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you’re actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.


Clinton Campaign Embraces Strong Encryption, But Not For Us

Hillary Clinton has yet to offer a definitive policy stance on strong end-to-end encryption, the mathematical algorithms that protect our data, instant messages, and web browsing. Instead of calling for a ban on government mandated encryption backdoors, something computer security experts have universally urged, she’s taken a backseat, supporting a hand waving “encryption commission.”


Trump's Weirdo Doctor Uses Windows XP, Which Could Be A Violation Of US Law

NBC News has a new article about Donald Trump’s doctor of 35 years, Dr Harold Bornstein — the guy who claimed that Trump, if elected, would be “the healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency”. The dude looks like a character from a bad ’70s porno flick, but Deadspin’s Tim Burke spotted something weirder: Dr Bornstein is using Windows XP.


Here's Some Of The Information Facebook Will Be Collecting From WhatsApp

WhatsApp betrayed its longstanding commitment to privacy today, when it announced plans to start sharing data with Facebook. But what data, exactly, will WhatsApp share with Facebook? The company won’t say.


Wikileaks Will Publish More Clinton Campaign Data (And Probably More Personal Info, Too)

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange promised to leak “thousands” of documents from the Clinton campaign on Wednesday during an interview with Fox News’s Megyn Kelly. He also said the documents would be “significant” in the context of the US presidential election. Assange vowed to publish the data before the November election because he believes “people have the right to understand who they’re electing”.


Australia's Government Is Copping Flack For Its 'Digital Identity' Plans

“Digital Identity is having the ability for the government to trust that you are who you say you are,” is the explanation the Federal Government’s Digital Transformation Office (DTO) gives for the establishment of a singular digital profile that will allow you to access various government services.

But trust has to go both ways, and the Australian Privacy Foundation (APF) has expressed “serious concern” about federated identity, stating the process has been “seriously deficient” and conducted “in a context of increasing distrust of government” (Census, anyone?).


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