Articles about encryption

How To Encrypt Your Android Phone or Tablet
There is no doubt that we store a lot of sensitive data to our phones these days; from sensitive photos and personal emails to a social security number and banking statements. Therefore, there is definitely a lot of data in there that you would want to keep away from any prying eyes.

How To Encrypt Files on Desktop, iPhone and Android
We live in a time where almost every bit of our everyday life has been digitized, and therefore we store a lot of relevant information on our computers or mobile devices. From social media and email passwords, to highly-sensitive info, such as banking records and social security number.With the increasing number of scammers and hackers looming around every corner of the internet, protecting your data is more necessary than it […]

The UK Government Wanted WhatsApp To Build A Backdoor
WhatsApp is one of the most popular cross-platform messaging services on the planet. It processes more than a billion messages every single day. As you can probably imagine, it often has to deal with governments and law enforcement agencies that want access to user data. The Facebook-owned company reportedly rejected a request from the UK government that wanted it to build a backdoor to access encrypted messages.

Signal Encrypted Video Calling Feature Goes Live
There are several communication apps out there that promise enhanced security features and Signal is one of them. It has been testing an encrypted video calling feature for several weeks now and since the tests have been completed, the Signal encrypted video calling feature has now been released to all users.


CIA Can Bypass WhatsApp And Signal Encryption, Claims WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks today released thousands of documents that it claims reveals the hacking toolkit used by the Central Intelligence Agency to break into devices like smartphones and computers. This is the first time in quite a while that so many documents that are claimed to be related to the CIA’s operations have been leaked online. The trove consists of 7,818 pages with 943 attachment while WikiLeaks says that the entire archive […]

Facebook Messenger End-To-End Encryption Rolled Out For All Users
Most popular cross-platform messaging services offer end-to-end encryption these days to assure their users that their conversations are transmitted safely and securely. The need to assure users of this feature only became greater after Edward Snowden’s revelations about the government’s electronic spying programs. Facebook Messenger is one such popular messaging service and it has been reported today that end-to-end encryption has now been rolled out to its more than one […]

Part Of Nazi Encryption Equipment Sold On eBay For $15
You can find all kinds of things on eBay. It’s not uncommon for rare items to be sold through the online marketplace, items with a significant amount of history attached to them, both good and bad. A device that was part of the Nazi encryption equipment has been sold through eBay for $15, it was purchased by the National Museum of Computing.

Apple Rehires Security Expert To Improve Encryption
Apple has rehired Jon Callas, a security expert, to improve its encryption. The move comes after the company locked horns with the government when ordered to unlock an encrypted iPhone. Callas, believed to be an expert in practical cryptography, has been hired once again to further improve the powerful encryption baked into the company’s devices.

Proposed Bill Could Ban States From Demanding Encryption Backdoors
There has been a huge debate in the US regarding encryption, in which many tech companies are fighting against requests from law enforcement agencies to provide them with backdoor access to computers and mobile devices. The argument is that if they were to weaken encryption to provide backdoors to the good guys, who’s to say the bad guys won’t find their way in as well?

Apple Patent Lets You Backup Encrypted Data To A Friend’s Phone
At the moment law enforcement officials aren’t too happy about the way Apple and Google’s mobile phone encryption works. Basically law enforcement has no way of getting into a suspect’s smartphone, and even if Apple or Google were to agree to their demands, they can’t because the key is held by the smartphone’s owner.Unfortunately for law enforcement, their work looks like it could get a lot harder. According to a […]

Box Allows Customers To Control Encryption
When it comes to storing your precious data on the cloud, it goes without saying that you would want to ensure that there are relevant security measures in place to make sure that whatever sensitive information you have there would remain privy to your eyes only – and no one else. Popular online storage service Box Inc. allows businesses to control their encryption keys, which happen to be the encoding […]

Google Reportedly Working On Stronger End-To-End Encryption For Gmail
Major internet companies like Google and Yahoo have tried convincing users about the safety and security of their information. They’ve adopted encryption methods to ensure that users’ private and personal information remains safe. A new report suggests that Google is trying to make complex encryption tools easier to use, particularly with popular services like Gmail. If the report is correct then Google might be working on PGP or Pretty Good Privacy […]

Yahoo Mail Now Encrypts All Connections
Back in October 2013, after a string of leaks by Edward Snowden pushed major internet companies to do more with regards to user privacy, Yahoo announced that it will add automatic encryption to Yahoo Mail by early 2014. This means that all emails will automatically be encrypted by the email service. The company has formally announced that it has delivered on its promise. It is now automatically encrypting all connections between […]

NSA Reportedly Paid Software Encryption $10m To Make Their Software More Vulnerable
At the moment the NSA is getting a lot of flak from people all over the world, not just US citizens, over its spying program that was revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. Not only did we find out that the NSA is spying on its own citizens, but now according to the latest reports, it seems that one of the reasons the NSA is able to gather data is because […]

Researchers Listen To Computer CPU Sounds In Order To Crack Encryption Code
They say that a chain is as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to cracking the encryption code of a computer, a bunch of researchers have made a rather startling discovery. What they did was to listen to the different sounds that a computer’s CPU made, before using that data in order to crack open the computer, which theoretically speaking, would allow even the world’s toughest encryption […]

Office 365 Message Encryption Coming Early Next Year
Microsoft today announced a new service called Office 365 Message Encryption. Through the service, users can send encrypted emails not only within their company or organization, but also outside it to people who’re using any other email service from any provider. Office 365 Message Encryption is actually a version of Exchange Hosted Encryption, it includes all features of EHE plus new ones such as the ability to apply custom branding to […]

Google Drive Encryption Tested
I am quite sure that when we first heard of Edward Snowden and the entire can of worms that he opened up, you must have gone through a fair number of feelings that range from betrayal to anger and perhaps even gratitude in certain quarters. Having said that, where do we draw the line when it comes to privacy laws? Google has started to test encryption mechanisms that are said […]

Comcast Encrypting Basic Cable In The Near Future
The FCC permitted cable providers to encrypt basic cable towards the end of last year and now Comcast has detailed its plans for moving ahead with cable encryption. Those who do not use a CableCard enabled device or a Comcast set-top box will need to install an adapter so that they can keep watching encrypted cable. That is why Comcast has already begun telling its subscribers in some markets that […]

Federal Agents Are No Match For Apple iMessage Encryption
Apple’s iMessage may be the playground for Anonymous to spread DDoS attacks, which coincidentally I was the victim of a few nights ago, but it seems the ability for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to eavesdrop on communications through its service has been posing quite the challenge for the organization.According to a DEA intelligence note obtained by CNET, Apple’s iMessage service has made it “impossible to intercept iMessages between two Apple […]

Android and iOS devices to be made secure enough for Federal government use
RIM has enjoyed success with their Blackberry smartphones in the past due to its secure nature. Encrypted emails plus the ability for organizations to control the contents of employees’ devices through BES made Blackberry smartphones the choice of enterprises and governments. While some companies and governments still believe in RIM, a recent security revamp for Android and iOS devices could mean that the US Federal government will start making the […]