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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

Political Staffers Move To Signal—Here’s Why That Matters

If this wasn’t such a stupid story, it would be humorous. Government officials in several countries have recently demanded that all encryption software should contain “back doors” so that that law enforcement officials, government spies, and other government officials can read everything that you and I read or write. That means that local governments would have access and undoubtedly very soon worldwide hackers, thieves, and foreign governments, would figure out […]

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Perhaps You Need an Encrypted Flash Drive

If you have information you wish to keep private (bank records, credit card numbers, tax returns, your spouse’s clothing sizes on your Christmas shopping list, etc.), you need to make sure that the information doesn’t fall into the hands of hackers, credit card thieves, and other strangers. One way to do that is to use encryption to make sure the information can not be read by anyone who does not […]

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India’s Proposed Internet Regulations Could Threaten Privacy Everywhere

This could become a HUGE threat to online privacy everywhere: This week, with India poised to unveil new rules that threaten encrypted communications around the world, it seems safe to say that the encryption fight is now fully underway. Details may be found at: https://www.theverge.com/interface/2020/2/14/21136273/india-internet-rules-encryption-privacy-messaging.

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A Perfect Example of Why Government Officials Don’t “Get It” about Encryption

It is both very sad and a little bit amusing when government officials who obviously do not understand how encryption works make public “demands” claiming that companies need to decrypt messages that might describe both legal and illegal conduct by citizens and residents of the country. The latest example may be found in an article by Jason Koebler in the Vice web site. In short, there are several very obvious […]

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Apple Privacy Officer says that ‘Building Back Doors’ to Access iPhone Data Won’t Help Solve Crimes

Several governments, including the U.S., are pressuring Apple and other manufacturers to add “back doors” to all products that offer encryption. The latest example is a demand on Monday of this week when the FBI sent a letter to Apple requesting assistance to extract data from password-protected iPhones used by a suspected mass shooter. You can read more about that “demand” in an article by Kif Leswing published in the […]

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FBI asks Apple to Help Unlock iPhones Belonging to Alleged Pensacola Shooter

This is both good news and bad news. Bad news: encryption is hiding information the FBI wants. Good news: encryption can hide personal information that foreign and domestic governments, corporations, thieves, and hackers around the world want to steal from you. You can read more in an article by Natalie Gagliordi in the ZDnet site at https://zd.net/2SYiNPr. Questions I suggest everyone should think about:

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Scientists Develop ‘Absolutely Unbreakable’ Encryption Chip Using Chaos Theory

An international team of scientists claims it has achieved perfect secrecy cryptography, one that cannot even be decoded by quantum computing. The team has developed a prototype silicon chip that uses the laws of nature, including chaos theory. With no software or code to manipulate, traditional methods of cracking computer encryption are irrelevant, the scientists claim. This technology probably will not be available in consumer devices for a few years […]

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