All the Best Video Calling Options, Ranked

We now have the technology to see each other when we want to chat. And when it comes to video-calling apps, you’ve got a plethora of options to pick from on phones, laptops, and even TVs. Here are the ones we like the most, ranked. Read More >>

Is Your Workplace Slack a Surveillance Tool?

Slack markets itself as a tool to increase productivity and portrays other forms of communication, particularly email, as outmoded. Even employees who sit feet away from one another in open areas eventually prefer slacking each other rather than communicating verbally. It seems somehow easier, after all, and maybe less disruptive. But it also feels like a good way to keep a conversation private. Read More >>

Signal Users on Android Need to Update Right Now

Signal, a popular encrypted messaging app, has recently patched a flaw that left Android users’ audio calls vulnerable to bad actors. Basically, the bug would have let someone answer calls for you – and it could all happen without you even knowing. Read More >>

Email No Longer a Secure Method of Communication After Critical Flaw Discovered in PGP

If you use PGP or S/MIME for email encryption you should immediately disable it in your email client. Researchers have discovered a critical vulnerability they’re calling EFAIL that exposes the encrypted emails in plaintext, even for messages sent in the past. Read More >>

Signal’s Disappearing Messages Have a Huge Flaw on Macs

A bevy of secure messaging options exist to serve the needs of whistleblowers, journalists, and those wanting greater privacy in general, and among them Signal has become one of the most trusted. It even comes baked in with “disappearing” messages that users can set to self-destruct anywhere from five seconds to one week after they’re checked. Read More >>

WhatsApp Co-Founder Says It’s Time to Delete Facebook

Since WhatsApp got bought by Facebook in 2014, its co-founders have taken two very different paths. Jan Koum stayed on to serve as the company’s CEO, while Brian Acton left after a few years to head up the Signal Foundation, an organisation that competes with WhatsApp and Facebook thanks to its own encrypted messaging app. Read More >>

WhatsApp Co-Founder Injects Signal With £36 Million to Make Encrypted Messaging ‘Ubiquitous’

The creators of Signal, the encrypted messaging app widely used throughout the security community—as well as by journalists, activists, and others seeking to stymie government surveillance—announced on Wednesday a major shift to the organisation’s makeup. Read More >>

Skype and Signal Are Partnering on End-to-End Encryption

While messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Google Allo have all incorporated end-to-end encryption into their products over the last few years, Skype has lagged behind. But now that’s changing—Skype is adding end-to-end encrypted messaging, with the help of Signal. Read More >>

Ofcom Urged to Take Action Over Poor Mobile Coverage

Lord Adonis, the head of the National Infrastructure Commission, has called on Ofcom to take urgent action against the problem of poor mobile coverage in the UK Read More >>

White House Staffers’ Favourite Secure Messaging App Is Actually Pretty Great

A few weeks ago, resilient DC journalists reported that fearful White House officials were using a private messaging app to communicate with each other in the Trump administration. We’re now reading reports that the secure app in question is Confide. And you know what? It’s actually a very slick app. Read More >>

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 >>

The Best and Worst Encrypted Messaging Apps

There’s never been a better time to start encrypting your texts and phone calls. Hackers are breaking into more personal devices than ever before, and massive government surveillance dragnets are indiscriminately sweeping up people’s digital communications. Encryption can protect you. Read More >>

The More Expensive Your Mobile Phone, the Worse the Signal, Says Ofcom

Signal issues are a familiar pain. You can drop the best part of £1,000 on a smartphone, lock yourself into the cash-sapping contract from hell and still find you’ve got no bars when all you want to do is send a series of cheeky Snapchats from the loo. Read More >>

This Heat Map Visualises the UK’s Best and Worst Mobile Coverage by Network

Want to know which network has the best 4G coverage in your area or, indeed, visual proof that you're in a dead zone? A new tool from using OpenSignal crowdsourced data turns the UK into heat map of mobile coverage. Read More >>

National Roaming Could Make Having No Phone Signal a Thing of the Past

It's incredibly frustrating when you find yourself without signal, but it's even worse when you have to deal with a friend's smugness just because their network has more masts in the area. Fortunately plans are underway that could see all that change. Read More >>