privacy
How to Avoid Getting Tracked as You Browse the Web

As privacy barriers have gradually been eroded online, it’s become harder and harder to keep control over what you’re revealing to the websites you visit when you open up a web browser. For many users now, revealing who you are is just an inevitable consequence of being on the web and using apps, but if you want to tighten the reins on where your data’s going, you do have some options. Read More >>

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How HTTPS Website Security Is Making the Internet Safer From Snoopers

You may have noticed in your travels around the internet that your browser’s address bar occasionally turns green and displays a padlock—that’s HTTPS, or a secure version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol, swinging into action. This little green padlock is becoming vitally important as more and more of your online security is eroded. Just because your ISP can now see what sites you browse on doesn’t mean they have to know all the content your consuming. Below is the rundown on HTTPS, so you can better understand this first, and easiest line of defence against potential snoopers and hackers. Read More >>

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Websites Being Sued for Apparently Infringing Encryption Patent

A number of companies, including GoPro, Sony and Yahoo, are being sued because their websites are said to use a version of HTTPS that infringes a patent relating to encryption. Read More >>

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Google Boosts Secure Sites in Search Results

In a bold and welcome move to protect users, Google announced on Wednesday that it has started prioritising sites offering HTTPS (HTTP over TLS) in its page ranking algorithm. Google's Online Security Blog explains that domains with transport layer encryption have a slight advantage in search results, and the preference may grow stronger in the coming months: Read More >>

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How to Encrypt Everything

A year ago, heavy duty encryption technology was something cybersecurity professionals, privacy nuts, and the odd investigative journalist cared about. Then the Snowden leaks happened. Suddenly, we were all acutely aware of how exposed our data is to the prying eyes of spies and hackers alike. But it doesn't have to be that way. Read More >>

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The Simple Security Measure That Could’ve Stopped Heartbleed Dead

We learned yesterday of a catastrophic bug, nicknamed "Heartbleed," that has critically threatened the security of some HTTPS sites since 2011. By some estimates, Heartbleed affects 2 out of 3 web servers on the Internet.1 Read More >>

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HSTS: The Security That all Websites Should be Using

You would think that by now the internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn't intercepted by attackers. Unfortunately when it comes to the vast majority of websites on the internet, that assumption would be dead wrong. That's because most websites (with a few notable exceptions) don't yet support a standard called HSTS—HTTPS Strict Transport Security. Read More >>

security
Every Single Gmail Message You Send Will Now be Encrypted

Good news, security lovers! Google just announced that Gmail will be all encrypted all the time. More specifically, every single email you send or receive will use an encrypted HTTPS connection, regardless of which device you're using and which network. Even public Wi-Fi is okay. Read More >>

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Yahoo Mail Is Switching to HTTPS–Four Years After GMail

From January 8th, Yahoo will be enabling encryption by default for all of its webmail users. That's great news—it just happens to be four years later than the likes of GMail. Read More >>