encryption
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 >>

privacy
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
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 >>

security
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 >>

security
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 >>

networks
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 >>

security
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 >>

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 >>

apps
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 >>

smartphones
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 >>

networks
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 Mobiles.co.uk using OpenSignal crowdsourced data turns the UK into heat map of mobile coverage. Read More >>

networks
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 >>

hackers
Software Hack Lets Feature Phones Jam Calls and Texts Within 75 Miles

There's something uniquely scary about the idea of your calls being jammed. Good news! It turns out blocking calls and texts to certain phones is pretty easy. Hackers have figured out how to turn a feature phone into a "jammer" with just a few software modifications. Read More >>

science
Can You Use a Fridge as a Faraday Cage?

Earlier this week a New York Times article claimed that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden asked a group of lawyers visiting him to put their mobile phones in the fridge — the idea being that it would act as a Faraday cage. But does it actually work? Read More >>

networks
The Reason We All Have Rubbish Mobile Signal These Days Is Because of the Damn Eco-Conscious

Mobile signal has gotten worse -- well, it feels like it's got worse at least -- but it's not all the collective networks' faults, the eco-loving, planet and cash-saving movement are equally to blame because of their sodding walls and windows. Read More >>