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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

A Quote about the Lack of Privacy in Encryption Back Doors

  “There is no such thing as a back door (or in this case, online surveillance tool) that can only be used by the good guys. The Shadow Brokers hack and the resulting WannaCry attack show what can happen when hackers get their hands on such tools. By forcing all Kazakh citizens to use the same certificate, the government is introducing a significant vulnerability. If hackers were able to get […]

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Did Facebook End The Encryption Debate?

The ability of encryption to shield a user’s communications rests upon the assumption that the sender and recipient’s devices are themselves secure, with the encrypted channel the only weak point… [But] Facebook announced earlier this year preliminary results from its efforts to move a global mass surveillance infrastructure directly onto users’ devices where it can bypass the protections of end-to-end encryption. In Facebook’s vision, the actual end-to-end encryption client itself […]

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Cryptomator – The Easy Way to Securely Save Encrypted Files in Your Computer(s) and in the Cloud

If you want to keep a few secret documents or even applications, you need to encrypt them and hide them in your computer. If you have more than one computer (desktop, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.), you probably should have these secret, encrypted files automatically available on each computer and do that in such a manner that everything remains securely encrypted when copied to the other system(s). Even if you only […]

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US AG Barr Demands Tech Firms Break Encryption

Some politicians simply don’t understand the legitimate needs for encryption. If they are not careful, they may get what they wish for. The latest silliness involves US Attorney General Bill Barr who told attendees of a cybersecurity conference in New York that the government should be able to spy on everyone’s secrets. You can read more at: https://zd.net/2GvDE5C. What is encryption and why is it important? Encryption, is the process […]

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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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