U.S. Senate Staff can now use Signal for Secure Messaging and So Can You

The US Senate just got a little bit more secure. You can also do the same: increase your security. Without any fanfare, the Senate Sergeant at Arms recently told Senate staffers that Signal, widely considered by security researchers and experts to be the most secure encrypted messaging app, has been approved for use by all … Continue reading U.S. Senate Staff can now use Signal for Secure Messaging and So Can You

Encrypted Chat App Signal also Does Encrypted Video Calls

The encryption app Signal has become the go-to private communications channel for activists, journalists, politicians, and more. However, until now, it lacked video calling. On Tuesday, Signal’s creators at the non-profit Open Whisper Systems announced a beta version of the update that, in addition to video calling, adds the ability to answer calls from a … Continue reading Encrypted Chat App Signal also Does Encrypted Video Calls

Egypt Has Blocked Encrypted Messaging App Signal

Signal must have very good encryption. The app has now moved higher in my opinion of its security and privacy since Egypt has blocked the use of Signal within the country. The Egyptian government apparently has not been able to break the encryption used in Signal. Mada Masr, an Egypt-based media organization, reported yesterday that several … Continue reading Egypt Has Blocked Encrypted Messaging App Signal

Signal: An Easy-to-Use Phone Crypto App for the Desktop

Open Whisper Systems today launched an open beta version of its free encryption app Signal as an app in Google’s Chrome web store, the first step in bringing its encrypted messaging and calling functions to the desktop. For now the desktop app only links with Signal accounts registered on an Android device, and only supports … Continue reading Signal: An Easy-to-Use Phone Crypto App for the Desktop

The Cheapest Wallet that Blocks RFID Signals

Pull out your credit card and flip it over. If the back is marked with the words “PayPass,” “Blink,” or the wi-fi symbol that serves as the universal symbol for wireless data or a few other obscure icons, it’s vulnerable to an uber-stealthy form of pickpocketing. Anyone with a Vivotech RFID credit card reader (available … Continue reading The Cheapest Wallet that Blocks RFID Signals

How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Mobile Phones to Steal Protected Data

An interesting article in Wired describes how the NSA, researchers in Israel, and possibly others steal data from computers not connected to the Internet. The method allows hackers and spies to surreptitiously siphon passwords and other data from an infected computer by using radio signals generated and transmitted by the computer and received by a … Continue reading How Attackers Can Use Radio Signals and Mobile Phones to Steal Protected Data

The Environmental Protection Agency is Being Sued for Using Encrypted Messages

The conservative group Judicial Watch is suing the Environmental Protection Agency under the Freedom of Information Act, seeking to compel the EPA to hand over any employee communications sent via Signal, the encrypted messaging and calling app. In its public statement about the lawsuit, Judicial Watch points to reports that EPA staffers have used Signal … Continue reading The Environmental Protection Agency is Being Sued for Using Encrypted Messages

How to Increase Your Online Privacy

Government spies and civilian hackers around the world are spying on you today. Yet it is easy to thwart most of their efforts. Nothing is ever guaranteed. Nothing is ever 100% foolproof. Yet you can block almost all, perhaps even all, of these spies’ efforts by implementing a few software tools. Most of the tools … Continue reading How to Increase Your Online Privacy

Trump Aides’ Use of Encrypted Messaging May Violate Records Law

While Donald Trump has said that he wants to increase electronic surveillance of American citizens’ and non-citizens’ electronic communications, the new administration is making sure that no one can intercept their messages amongst themselves by using Signal, a free end-to-end encrypted messaging app. Senior Trump administration aides communicating over encrypted messaging apps may be violating federal … Continue reading Trump Aides’ Use of Encrypted Messaging May Violate Records Law