Is the data on your phone or laptop encrypted? Should it be? And what does encrypting your data do to it anyway? Here we'll explain the ins and outs of encryption, and how you can make sure that everything in your digital life is safe from prying eyes.
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The Australian government plans to introduce new legislation forcing companies such as Google and Facebook to de-crypt messages in the name of fighting terrorism and other crimes. But the move will have serious implications for cybersecurity.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been threatening to pass a law to effectively end the use of secure encryption in Australia for a while now. On Friday, he made his intentions more concrete and said that legislation mandating a government back door of some type will be introduced before the end of the year. This is bad for everyone.
Remember when encrypting stuff was really hard? It kinda drives me crazy to think about how much time I wasted trying to set up encrypted OTR chat on Adium a few years ago, and now we can just download Signal or WhatsApp or Messenger and bam! Our chats are encrypted, just like that. We can even have an encrypted group chat. We're so cyber-spoiled these days.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joined Attorney General George Brandis and Australian Federal Police Commissioner Michael Phelan today to announce the Federal Government's new laws that will will oblige both telcos and social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp to give Australian security agencies access to encrypted messages.
A professor of cryptology has auctioned off a rare and fully-functional Enigma machine used by the Nazis to encrypt messages during the Second World War. Incredibly, the collector found the machine at a flea market in Bucharest — which suggests Romania may house other machines still waiting to be discovered.
It's a sad reality that privacy comes at a premium in our data-driven world. With trackers and snoopers stalking our online movements, the only way to be sure your browsing stays confidential is to invest in the right software, and that's where Disconnect comes in.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks we are now living in an "artificial intelligence-first world". He's probably right. Artificial intelligence is all the rage in Silicon Valley these days, as technology companies race to build the first killer app that utilises machine learning and image recognition. Today, Google announced an AI-powered assistant built into its new Pixel phones. But there's a pivotal downside to the company's latest creation: Because of the very nature of artificial intelligence, our data is less secure than ever before, and technology companies are now collecting even more personal information about each one of 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."
Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don't want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you're out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I'll to show you step-by-step how to do it.
Facebook's Messenger instant messaging platform is now widely used by people, and even businesses, as a communication tool. Many users are uninhibited when they chat on Messenger and talk about sensitive topics with family and friends. Facebook wants to ensure these conversations remain absolutely private. The social media organisation has started testing out a new Secret Conversation function that uses technology developed by Open Whisper Systems, the company that created the renowned secure messaging app Signal. Here's what you need to know.
Facebook says it's going to implement end-to-end encryption into its extremely popular Messenger app. Unfortunately, the company is going about it all wrong. The encryption will be require that users opt-in to use the security measure, which bows to the the FBI's wishes, and flies in the face of what experts consider best practices.