privacy
The EU Wants to Enforce Encryption, and Ban Backdoor Access

In news that is likely to make most of us cheer, and Amber Rudd say something very stupid, The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice, and Home Affairs has published some draft proposals that aim to enforce end-to-end encryption of communications data, and ban backdoor access would let law enforcement (and nefarious hackers) to snoop around your conversations. Read More >>

politics
Theresa May Re-Commits To Screwing The Internet In First Post-Election Address

Good news! The disaster that is Brexit could be mitigated by the election results. Read More >>

security
Proposed New Anti-Terror Law Could Leave Us Vulnerable To More NHS-Style Hacks

As the world mourns the dead from the Manchester Arena attack, it appears that the government is already preparing an inevitably draconian response. Read More >>

security
WhatsApp Security Flaw Reveals You Can Apparently Use WhatsApp in a Browser

Security researchers just announced the discovery of major vulnerabilities in WhatsApp and Telegram, two popular messaging apps with end-to-end encryption, when used in an internet browser. In related news, you can use WhatsApp and Telegram in an internet browser. Read More >>

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Google’s AI Brains Can Talk to Each Other in Secret

Researchers coordinating the Google Brain project that encompasses three separate AI efforts claim to have seen them sending messages to each other, and they've learned to use a form of encryption to keep what they're saying just between the three of them. Read More >>

privacy
Google’s AI Plans Are A Privacy Nightmare

Google CEO Sundar Pichai thinks we are now living in an “artificial intelligence-first world.” He’s probably right. Read More >>

apps
Now Everyone Can Use The Most Secure Messenger on Desktop

Signal already offers the best way to send secure messages on Android and iOS, and now, an update offers everyone the opportunity to use Signal’s on the desktop. Read More >>

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Allo’s Creepy Trade-Off Isn’t Worth It 

Google has launched its new messaging app, Allo. It features artificially intelligent software that reads your conversations and serves up a short list of personalised features. And you know what? I don’t like this idea. Read More >>

privacy
France and Germany Don’t Understand Encryption Either

Hardly a day goes by when some government or law enforcement agency has said some things about encryption, and it's often lamenting the fact they can't snoop on encrypted messaging apps. Now France and Germany are joining the fray, calling on the European Union to adopt legislation that forces app companies to make their encrypted messages available to the authorities. Read More >>

encryption
How to Easily Encrypt Files On Mac

Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don’t want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you’re out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I’ll to show you step-by-step how to do it. Read More >>

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Researchers Find Another Flaw in Apple’s iMessage Encryption

Cryptography researchers at John Hopkins University have found another flaw in the encryption used by Apple’s iMessage. The good news? The flaw has already been patched; you just need to update iOS. Read More >>

facebook
Facebook is Going About Messenger Encryption All Wrong

Facebook says it’s going to implement end-to-end encryption into its extremely popular Messenger app. Unfortunately, the company is going about it all wrong. The encryption will be require that users opt-in to use the security measure, which bows to the the FBI’s wishes, and flies in the face of what experts consider best practices. Read More >>

security
Why You Should Stop Using Telegram Right Now 

Telegram, the supposedly secure messaging app, has over 100 million users. You might even be one of them. If you are, you should probably stop using it right now. Here’s the unfortunate truth about Telegram: it’s not as secure as the company’s marketing campaigns might lead you to believe. Read More >>

security
FBI Director Is Upset You Can Communicate Securely on WhatsApp

James Comey, FBI director and encryption sceptic, hates that you can communicate privately and securely. Read More >>

crime
A Judge Shut Down WhatsApp For 100 Million People in Brazil

A judge has shut down WhatsApp for three days in Brazil, in an attempt to gain access to data from the messaging service. Read More >>