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How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea

How to protect your phone from border guards, and why it's probably a bad idea If the government wants your data, they're probably going to get it — one way or another.And of course, there are different considerations to be made if you're a U.

FBI director says 'there is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.' Welp.

FBI director says 'there is no such thing as absolute privacy in America.' Welp. There's no such thing as total privacy in the United States, but it's a vital part of being an American.That was the somewhat convoluted message from FBI Director James Comey on Wednesday as he spoke at a cybersecurity conference in Boston.

Wikileaks says they contacted Apple, Google and more about protection from the CIA

Wikileaks says they contacted Apple, Google and more about protection from the CIA The group tweeted on Tuesday that it had reached out to Microsoft, Google, Apple, Mozilla and "MicroTik" (we're assuming they meant MikroTik) to talk with those companies about protecting customers from the intrusions of CIA malware.The document dump is allegedly part one in a series to come.

Politician's baffling quote about hashtags gets the mocking it deserves

Politician's baffling quote about hashtags gets the mocking it deserves Home Secretary Amber Rudd has called for tech companies that provide "completely unacceptable" end-to-end encrypted messaging services to work with law enforcement.Rudd's interview with BBC's Andrew Marr Show came after reports that the Westminster Bridge attacker, Khalid Masood, had sent a WhatsApp message prior to the incident that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted.

U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack

U.K. targets Whatsapp encryption in the wake of Parliament attack The attack, which took place on March 22 and saw many people injured and several killed, involved just one man, though many related arrests have been made since.However, the lone attacker was found to have used Whatsapp half an hour before the attack began, which has prompted the authorities’ increased scrutiny of the messaging application.

WhatsApp says it won't create an encryption backdoor, and that's a good thing

WhatsApp says it won't create an encryption backdoor, and that's a good thing Build a backdoor allowing government officials, and potentially nefarious actors, a future way in?But it's not like WhatsApp doesn't want to help.

How Microsoft helped British authorities after the London attack

How Microsoft helped British authorities after the London attack In a statement, the tech giant said it had received orders seeking email information related to the attack and it swiftly provided the information requested.“Our team responded in under 30 minutes last week to verify that the legal order was valid and provided law enforcement the information that was sought,” said Microsoft President Brad Smith.

Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs?

Why Is Everyone Talking About VPNs? Now, everyone’s trying to find a way around this, and virtual private networks (VPNs) are the most popular means of doing so.quickly came back with a solution to get around your ISP tracking you: VPNs.

We’re shocked (shocked!) that White House staffers’ favorite secure messaging app is probably not that secure

We’re shocked (shocked!) that White House staffers’ favorite secure messaging app is probably not that secure That question is at the heart of a lawsuit alleging that a messaging app beloved by White House staff isn't as secure as it claims to be.The self-described "confidential messenger" app Confide, however, is trying.

How the government can force WhatsApp to break its encryption

How the government can force WhatsApp to break its encryption The UK government is pretty damn serious about its secret surveillance plans.The latter is particularly worrying for services like WhatsApp, which offer end-to-end encryption.

Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware's Kill Switch

Registering a Domain Accidentally Triggered Ransomware's Kill Switch The UK’s national Health Service (NHS) and Spanish telco Telefónica were among the most high-profile victims of the WannaCry malware, also known as WanaCrypt0r 2.As bad as the infection was, it could have been much worse if not for a security writer and researcher stumbling upon its kill switch.

It's time to pick up the pace on HTTPS encryption, survey finds

It's time to pick up the pace on HTTPS encryption, survey finds Less than half of internet sites support HTTPS, despite it being a 'must have' for all businesses, according to a new report from web optimisation provider SEMrush.The company conducted data on 100,000 anonymous websites and 45% of them supported HTTPS.

Here's why breaking WhatsApp and iMessage encryption is such a dangerous idea

Here's why breaking WhatsApp and iMessage encryption is such a dangerous idea For most people, breaking WhatsApp's and iMessage's security to let the government stop terrorists sounds like a reasonable idea.In the past we had wiretaps, after all, so what's wrong in updating them to the modern digital era?

Australia wants to defy math and break into encrypted messaging apps

Australia wants to defy math and break into encrypted messaging apps So will these companies have to build a backdoor to these encrypted apps, creating a vulnerability that can be taken advantage by hackers with the right tools?Authorities will force companies to give access to these encrypted communications "lawfully" via a warrant or a court order.

Indonesia blocks Telegram, fearing terror groups using it to pass encrypted messages

Indonesia blocks Telegram, fearing terror groups using it to pass encrypted messages The government blocked Telegram on the web last Friday, threatening to block the app after, if the company did not address illegal content on it.In response, Telegram said on Sunday it would put together a team of moderators to actively remove "terrorist-related content.

IBM's New Z Mainframe Can Encrypt All its Data All the Time

IBM's New Z Mainframe Can Encrypt All its Data All the Time The new IBM Z can encrypt all the data in an enterprise at all times.To combat this increasing menace, IBM worked with 150 clients to develop the Z mainframe.

Self-destructing photos and videos have now come to Telegram

Self-destructing photos and videos have now come to Telegram On Sunday, Telegram started offering disappearing photos and videos in one-to-one chats.Till now, it also had a "secret chat" function, offering self-destructing messages in chats designated to be private.

Telegram builds a direct hotline for authorities, so they can pull down illegal content quickly

Telegram builds a direct hotline for authorities, so they can pull down illegal content quickly After two weeks of being partially blocked in Indonesia, Telegram has finally managed to appease the government and get the ban lifted.It's agreed to build a direct hotline through which authorities can quickly instruct Telegram's team to pull down terrorist-related content.

If using a VPN seems too complicated for you, then this could be a good place to start

If using a VPN seems too complicated for you, then this could be a good place to start If the internet is like a public highway, a VPN is like your own personal tunnel that goes to the same places, just without anyone seeing you.If you're new to the VPN game, ZenMate Premium could be a good place to start.

Hackers offered $500,000 for WhatsApp and Signal exploits

Hackers offered $500,000 for WhatsApp and Signal exploits A company that specializes in acquiring and reselling zero-day exploits has set its sights on Signal and WhatsApp, two popular secure mobile messaging platforms, and is offering serious cash to hackers willing to play ball.And just who, exactly, are Zerodium's customers?