Privacy Blog

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

Encryption

Zoom Releases Updated Version of App With Latest Encryption, Security Features

The Zoom videoconferencing program at https://zoom.us/ has proven very popular during the CoronaVirus pandemic with all the various isolation policies in place. while popular, the Zoom app has also been criticized for not being fully encrypted, not totally private, and for lacking several other features. Now Zoom has released an enhanced and encrypted version of the application in order to ensure protection and privacy of personal information, and is asking […]

Continue Reading →

Status Wants to Be the World’s Most Private Instant Messaging App

I haven’t had a chance to try Status just yet. However, if the product lives up to its specifications, this could become the only text messaging app you would ever want to use: Fully encrypted end-to-end No central server; all text messages travel directly from the originanting cell phone to the receiving cell phone with no temporary stops on any server in between No telephone numbers! Spies, hackers, credit card […]

Continue Reading →

New Warning Issued For All WhatsApp And iMessage Users: ‘Major Threat’ To Encryption

Big Brother wants to spy on you everywhere, all of the time. The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns “imagine an internet where the law requires every message sent to be read by government-approved scanning software. The privacy and security of all users will suffer if U.S. law enforcement achieves its dream of breaking encryption.” The fight between the providers of encrypted messaging platforms and lawmakers has entered a serious new phase. […]

Continue Reading →

Senate Bill Sparks Open War Over Encryption

Another stupid piece of legislation has been introduced into the U.S. Senate that proposes to cripple all encryption methods used by the American public. The misnamed EARN IT Act — which is sponsored by Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) plus eight other sponsors and co-sponsors — doesn’t actually target encryption directly. Instead, it claims to fight child pornography. The legislators sponsoring this bill […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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 […]

Continue Reading →

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.

Continue Reading →