Telegram 4.0 Now Available

Telegram is one of the more secure messaging systems of today. Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct so that no future hacker can ever read them. With Telegram, you can SECURELY and SAFELY encrypt personal and business secret communications, send documents of any type, coordinate groups of up to 5000 members, destroy your sent messages with a timer, and much, much more. It is available for Android, Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch), Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and there is a web-based version that should run on Chromebooks or any other computer that can open a web browser and connect to the Internet.

Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.

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CIA-created Spyware called Athena released by WikiLeaks, Targets All Major Windows Versions

Do you use Windows? If so, there is a huge new security problem for you: Athena allows an attacker to take total control of a computer, send and retrieve data to and from remote locations, such as CIA servers, delete data and also upload other malicious code onto the computer, thereby introducing even more infections. It also works for any version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10, marking it as particularly potent in both its capabilities and its reach.

You can thank your government-funded CIA and Siege Technologies, a New Hampshire cyber tech firm, for providing the tools to hackers to steal your information.

The malware (malevolent software) is described this way:

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Aomei Backupper Free Helps Protect Against Ransomware and Many Other Nasties

Aomei Backupper Free is a freeware Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista backup utility that’s “specially designed to protect your system and files against ransomware.” Actually, there are dozens of backup programs available for Window2s and most of them do a good job at saving files. What sets Aomei Backupper Free apart from its competitors is the protection offered against specific to WannaCry and other ransomware. Specifically, it instructs you on the kind of backup to make if you haven’t been affected and what to do if you have.

With the help of AOMEI Backupper Free, you can easily back up system, files, disks, partitions on desktop and laptop computers by creating backup image and restore all your important data when your computers have been attacked. What is more, even if your computer has already been infected with Ransomware, you can still use AOMEI Backupper to create image files in System Backup, Disk Backup, Partition Backup not only to prevent from more serious data loss caused by misoperation or a new mutation of Ransomware, but also “froze” the countdown of Ransomware.

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Cryptomator Encrypts Your Files Before Uploading to Dropbox or Other Cloud-based File Storage Services

Many people are afraid to use Dropbox, Google Drive, or other file storage services because of the fear that “someone might see my personal data.” Whether the fear is valid or not can be discussed forever but there is a simple solution that always avoids the problem: encrypt everything before sending any files to the file storage service. Encrypted files cannot be read by anyone who does not know the encryption key. The result is that your private information remains private.

Of course, you could always manually encrypt the files one at a time by using any of the dozens of available encryption programs. However, if you have hundreds or thousands of files you wish to save online, encrypting them one at a time entails a LOT of work. Luckily, there is a simpler solution and, best of all, it is free.

Cryptomator provides transparent, client-side encryption for your files to be stored in the cloud. Cryptomator provides a virtual drive. You can add, edit, or remove files as you’re used to with any other disk drive. Not only do the contents of files get encrypted, even the file names and folder names get encrypted. Only the encrypted files stored in the virtual drive are sent to the file storage service. Cryptomator runs solely in your computer and does not need any infrastructure or accounts under anyone else’s control.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Ditch WhatsApp for Viber

If you are using WhatsApp, you really need to read Rob Nightingale’s article in the MakeUseOf web site.

Nightingale points out that WhatsApp‘s 1.2 billion users send tens of billions of messages to each other EVERY DAY. Obviously, that’s huge. Viber only has 800 million users. Yet Nightingale says that Viber is the better app in almost every way but WhatsApp got a head start and became popular before Viber could get started.

Both apps:

  • Are free to download.
  • Provide end-to-end encryption.
  • Work over 3G, 4G, and Wi-Fi.
  • Work on Android, iOS, and Windows smartphones.
  • Have Windows and Mac desktop apps.
  • Offer instant messaging.
  • Offer voice and video calls to other users.
  • Allow you to send photos, audio, and video clips.
  • Offer private group chats.
  • Work with Google Now and Siri.

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The Latest Dump of Alleged NSA Tools puts Millions of Windows Computers at Risk

Thanks to The Shadow Brokers, any hacker can now easily attack and take over millions of Windows computers on the Internet. Actually, the risk has existed for years although probably only the NSA knew about the majority of these weaknesses in the Windows operating system. However, with the latest release of all the previously confidential information by The Shadow Brokers, everyone now has access to the same hacking tools.

The systems affected include Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8 along with Windows Server versions NT, 2000, 2003, 2008 and up to 2012.

Microsoft says the company already has patched the majority of the exploits released by The Shadow Brokers. However, most of those “patches” require an upgrade to Windows 10. If you are using Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8, that isn’t such a simple “fix.” If you are using aversion of Windows older than Windows 10, hackers all over the world the tools can easily break into your computer and into millions of other older Windows computers.

Some security experts are recommending that Windows users, even those running Windows 10, should power off their computers right now and disconnect them from the Internet. Permanently. “It’s not safe to run an internet facing Windows box right now,” said a hacker who used to work in the US Department of Defense.

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TOX: an Encrypted Skype Replacement

I wrote about Tox more than two years ago at http://bit.ly/2nUqo1p. A lot has happened since then.

In 2014, Tox was “under development.” In fact, it was in pre-Alpha status and was notably buggy. Today, a lot has changed. Tox now is a fully supported release and is as close to bug-free as most other software that you use every day.

Tox (pronounced “talks) is a secure Skype alternative. Unlike Skype, it cannot be monitored by government spies or by hackers. It is not supported by a corporation. Rather, it’s an open-source tool made by “people fed up with the existing options that spy on us, track us, censor us, and keep us from innovating.”

Good-bye Microsoft!

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