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How to Encrypt a USB Flash Drive in macOS Mojave

Sunday December 16, 2018 8:56 am PST by
In macOS Mojave, you can choose to encrypt and decrypt disks on the fly right from the desktop. Using this convenient Finder option, we're going to show you how to encrypt a USB flash drive (or "thumb drive"), which is useful if you're traveling light and want to take sensitive data with you for use on another Mac. Finder uses XTS-AES encryption, the same encryption that FileVault 2 uses to...

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Signal Encrypted Messenger 2.19 Update Finally Available Following App Store Hiccup

Saturday December 2, 2017 3:43 am PST by
Encrypted messaging app Signal pushed out its v2.19 update late on Friday after a post-release 48-hour delay, owing to an App Store issue that Apple has now resolved. The update includes a number of new features and improvements, including full UI display support for iPhone X. After the update is applied, users will no longer see the "Load Earlier Messages" link within chat threads, because...

Keybase Launches Teams, a Free End-to-End Encrypted Alternative to Slack

Tuesday September 19, 2017 4:03 am PDT by
Encryption messaging company Keybase launched a Slack-like open source team communications tool on Monday for macOS and iOS platforms. Called Keybase Teams, the fully encrypted platform supports groups as large as 500 people, with free access to a team's message history. Keybase is a new and free security app for mobile phones and computers. For the geeks among us: it's open source and...

'Real People' Don't Need Encrypted Messaging Services, Claims U.K. Home Secretary

Tuesday August 1, 2017 3:46 am PDT by
The U.K. home secretary Amber Rudd has argued that "real people" do not want secure end-to-end encryption on messaging platforms and are more concerned with usability and features than unbreakable security (via Yahoo News). Rudd made her case in a newspaper article, published ahead of a meeting today with technology companies in San Francisco, where she will warn tech giants that their...

Changes to iCloud Put Apple on Collision Course With Governments Seeking Access to Encrypted Messages

Thursday July 20, 2017 3:29 am PDT by
Apple has sent its top privacy executives to Australia twice in the past month to lobby government officials over proposed new laws that would require companies to provide access to encrypted messages. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Apple privacy advocates met with attorney general George Brandis and senior staff in Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's office on Tuesday to discuss their...

Encrypted Chat App Telegram to Remove Terrorist Content Following Ban Threat in Indonesia

Monday July 17, 2017 3:37 am PDT by
Telegram is to form a team of moderators to remove terrorist-related content from the encrypted messaging platform in Indonesia, after the country's government threatened to ban the app. Indonesia's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology has already blocked access to the web version of the chat platform, citing concerns that it was being used to spread "radical and terrorist...

Australia Proposes Law That Would Compel Tech Companies to Decrypt Messages

Friday July 14, 2017 2:37 am PDT by
Australia on Friday proposed new laws that would require companies like Apple to provide law enforcement authorities with access to encrypted communications (via Reuters). Australia's proposed legislation will compel companies to help security agencies intercept and read messages sent by suspects. It appears to take cues from the U.K.'s Investigatory Powers Bill, which includes provisions that ...

Australia to Push for Greater Powers on Encrypted Messaging at 'Five Eyes' Meeting

Monday June 26, 2017 3:14 am PDT by
Australia is set to push for greater international powers to thwart the use of encrypted messaging services by terrorists and criminals, according to reports on Sunday (via Reuters). The topic will be addressed this week at a meeting of officials from the "Five Eyes" intelligence sharing network, which includes the U.S., the U.K, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Australia claimed the...

Russia Threatens to Ban Encrypted Messaging App Telegram

Friday June 23, 2017 3:58 am PDT by
Russia has threatened to block access to the Telegram messaging platform unless the company that runs the app provides more information about itself (via Sky News). The head of communications regulator Roskomnadzor, Alexander Zharov, said repeated efforts to obtain the information had been ignored by the company and warned that "time is running out" for the app. "There is one demand and it ...

Swiss Encrypted Email Provider Launches ProtonVPN With Free Subscription Tier

Tuesday June 20, 2017 4:49 am PDT by
Encrypted email provider ProtonMail today launched its own VPN service called ProtonVPN, which includes a free user tier in its pricing plan. The Swiss-based company said it had been testing its VPN service for four months with the help of over 10,000 members of the ProtonMail community, and the group was ready to make ProtonVPN available to everyone starting Tuesday. The Proton group...

Encrypted Messaging App 'Signal' Approved for Use by U.S. Senate

Wednesday May 17, 2017 5:21 am PDT by
The U.S. Senate has approved popular encrypted messaging app Signal for official use by staffers in the chamber, it was revealed yesterday (via ZDNet). The news came in a letter sent on Tuesday by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), known to be a staunch privacy advocate, in which he underlined his belief that "backdoor-free" encryption should be embraced by the state at all levels rather than something ...

ProtonMail Launches Tor Onion Site to Evade State Censorship

Thursday January 19, 2017 3:06 am PST by
Encrypted email provider ProtonMail has launched its own onion address, allowing users to access the service over the Tor anonymizing network (via TechCrunch). The Swiss-based email account provider, which has more than 2 million users, said the measure was aimed at defending against state-sponsored censorship, and pointed to recent moves around the world to block encrypted communications and...

Leaked Documents Reveal What Kind of Data Cellebrite Can Extract From iPhones

Thursday December 22, 2016 8:05 pm PST by
Israeli mobile software developer Cellebrite gained media attention earlier this year when rumors suggested the FBI recruited the company to unlock San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook's iPhone. While the FBI did not enlist Cellebrite's help, the company does have technology licensed by governments that can extract iPhone data. ZDNet has obtained documents that reveal the scope of this technology. ...

Facebook Completes Rollout of Messenger App End-to-End Encryption

Wednesday October 5, 2016 2:54 am PDT by
Facebook has announced that the rollout of cryptographic features for its massively popular Messenger chat service has completed, bringing end-to-end encryption to the largest messaging network in existence. Back in July, the social network company said it was testing the privacy feature on a limited basis which would eventually be rolled out to all 900 million users of the app. On Tuesday,...

Tim Cook Tells Utah Tech Audience: Encryption 'Makes the Public Safe'

Saturday October 1, 2016 4:23 am PDT by
Apple CEO Tim Cook drew cheers from a Salt Lake City audience on Friday as he reiterated the company's unwavering commitment to encryption and privacy protections for its customers, according to local media reports. The comments were made during a Q&A session at the yearly meeting of the Utah Technology Council (UTC), a trade and advocacy group representing more than 5,000 technology and...

Cryptography Experts Recommend Apple Replace its iMessage Encryption

Sunday August 14, 2016 5:40 am PDT by
Apple has implemented a series of short- and long-term defenses to its iMessage protocol after several issues were discovered by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University, according to a report published today (via PatentlyApple). This attack is different to the one Johns Hopkins researchers discovered in March, which allowed an attacker to decrypt photos and videos sent over iMessage. ...

Facebook Testing End-to-End Encryption in Messenger

Friday July 8, 2016 11:17 am PDT by
Facebook has announced that it will begin rolling out optional end-to-end encryption within its Messenger app for iOS and Android on a limited test basis, ahead of the option becoming more widely available through early September. Messenger users will be able to create one-to-one "Secret Conversations" in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of ...

Apple-Opposed 'Investigatory Powers' Surveillance Bill Moves Closer to Legality in UK

Wednesday June 8, 2016 5:40 am PDT by
The United Kingdom's House of Commons this week passed the controversial "Investigatory Powers" bill, which gives spy and government agencies the ability to "engage in bulk surveillance and computer hacking," and has met stern opposition from various technology companies, including Apple. In the House of Commons, the bill passed by a vote of 444 to 69 (via Bloomberg). The original wording of...

Facebook Considering Optional End-to-End Encryption for Messenger

Tuesday May 31, 2016 5:38 pm PDT by
Facebook is planning to introduce an optional end-to-end encryption mode for its Facebook Messenger chat platform, currently used by more than 900 million people, reports The Guardian. Citing sources "close to the project," The Guardian says the encryption will be an opt-in feature because turning it on will impact some of the new machine learning features being built into the Messenger app...

Apple Rehires Security and Encryption Expert Jon Callas Following FBI Dispute

Tuesday May 24, 2016 12:16 pm PDT by
Following its very public encryption battle with the FBI, Apple has rehired software engineer and and security expert Jon Callas, reports Reuters. Callas, who has previously worked at Apple, is known for co-founding encrypted communications services Silent Circle, Blackphone, and PGP Corporation. Apple's decision to rehire Callas comes amid rumors the company is working on improving the...

ProtonMail iOS App Integrates Touch ID for Unlocking Encrypted Messages

Wednesday May 4, 2016 12:58 am PDT by
Swiss-made encrypted email app ProtonMail received a significant update yesterday, bringing Touch ID integration and other security enhancements to iOS users. Logging into the app previously required users to remember their login and mailbox password to access their inbox, but as of version 1.2.3 they can turn on the Touch ID feature to unlock encrypted email with their finger on opening the...