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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Encryption

White House Officials Weigh Encryption Crackdown

White House officials apparently want to give a great “free gift” to credit card thieves, identity thieves, hackers, the spy agencies of foreign governments, and others who wish to do you harm. According to an article by Eric Geller in the Politico.com web site: “Senior Trump administration officials met on Wednesday to discuss whether to seek legislation prohibiting tech companies from using forms of encryption that law enforcement can’t break […]

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Apple, Google and WhatsApp Condemn GCHQ Proposal To Eavesdrop on Encrypted Messages

In an open letter to GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), 47 signatories including Apple, Google and WhatsApp have jointly urged the U.K. cybersecurity agency to abandon its plans for a so-called “ghost protocol.” It comes after intelligence officials at GCHQ proposed a way in which they believed law enforcement could access end-to-end encrypted communications without undermining the privacy, security or confidence of other users. Details of the initiative were first published […]

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The Encrypted Version of the Chrome Web Browser is Great News for Anyone Concerned with Online Privacy but Bad News for Protecting Children from Inappropriate Online Content

NOTE: This article contains personal opinions. You have been warned. I have some good news and some bad news. Which would you like first? Actually, there is only one bit of news and, in this case, it is both good news and bad news. Google is all set to introduce a highly encrypted Chrome browser soon. (See http://bit.ly/2GzoETD for the details.) Encrypted Chrome will offer highly secure, encrypted browsing of […]

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Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server

Why would you want to run a server in your own home? There are many reasons but perhaps the most important one is that it insures a lot more privacy for you and your on-line activities. Let’s ask the opposite question: Why would you want to store your data in some company’s servers where it can be hacked by credit card thieves, identity thieves, employees of the hosting company, and […]

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Security Flaw in French Government Messaging App Exposed Confidential Conversations

The French government didn’t trust the security of any of today’s text messaging applications. Therefore, the DINSIC, France’s government agency in charge of all things digital, created a new text messaging product, called Tchap. Developing Tchap became essential as Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team previously relied heavily on Telegram. By default, Telegram doesn’t use end-to-end encryption. In other words, people working for Telegram could easily read Macron’s conversations. It’s a serious […]

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Probably the Best Laptop Security for use while Crossing Borders

Computer security expert Bruce Schneier has written about a supposedly fool-proof method of encrypting the entire hard drive of a laptop computer. That means that you can travel internationally without ever revealing the contents of your laptop to Customs or other officials anywhere you travel. Even you will be unable to access the information until some time after you arrive at your destination. Best of all, you can do this […]

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New TLS Encryption-Busting Attack also Impacts the newer TLS 1.3

If you use encryption (and I certainly hope you do!), you should be aware that a team of academics has revealed a new cryptographic attack this week that can break encrypted TLS traffic, allowing attackers to intercept and steal data previously considered safe and secure. This includes the encryption used by many, but not all, VPNs. This new downgrade attack works even against the latest version of the TLS protocol, […]

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