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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

This Charger Takes Over Your Phone to Poison the Ad Data Amazon Wants

If you cannot hide from the online spies, perhaps it is better to flood those spies with lots of false data about you. “Garbage in, garbage out.” In this case, flooding an online spy with garbage results in better security for you than revealing only the truth. The spymasters will have difficulty separating facts from fiction. The FANGo charger hijacks your phone and creates junk data by aimlessly clicking, searching, […]

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FBI General Counsel Who Fought Apple over Encryption has had a Rethink

In 2016, FBI General Counsel Jim Baker demanded that Apple “break” the encryption that insures users’ privacy on iPhones. Apple refused to do so. The lawyers got involved and legal action was planned. Eventually, Jim Baker and the FBI dropped the case when the FBI proved the case by other means, not involving the iPhone’s encryption. You can read more about the case by reading the articles posted in this […]

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Edward Snowden said: ‘Without Encryption, We Will Lose All Privacy. This is Our New Battleground’

This statement clearly states why encryption is important to everyone, private citizens, public officials, sports figures, celebrities, and everyone else alike: “… in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine […]

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Facebook Will Have to Give UK Police Access to Encrypted Messages, According to a Bloomberg Report

Facebook and its messaging tool WhatsApp will have to give UK police access to users’ encrypted messages under an upcoming treaty with the US, says a Saturday report by Bloomberg, which cites a confidential source. The treaty, which covers other US-based social media platforms as well, would require the sharing in regard to investigations of serious crimes, such as terrorism and pedophilia, Bloomberg said. For some time, law enforcement officials […]

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Russians Hack FBI Communications System

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies want to have “backdoors” installed in all encrypted files and messages online. That is so the law enforcement agencies can spy on everyone and (hopefully) identify criminals. Of course, if this happens, everyone will depend upon the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to keep the information they find secret and safe from hackers, foreign governments, and other evil-doers world wide. That seems […]

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IBM team is Building Encryption Methods that will be Safe from Quantum Computing

With computing power increasing faster than ever before, it’s possible to crack previously secure encryption, and with the advent of quantum computing, that possibility gets ever closer. (See https://www.hpe.com/us/en/insights/articles/quantum-of-encryption-1707.html for the details.) However, a collaborative effort among computer scientists and academics to safeguard data is winning attention. The goal is to create encryption methodologies that cannot be broken by quantum computing. Details may be found in an article by Nancy […]

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