Security

  • Traversal Networks Wants To Be Your Company’s Cyber Security Department

    Traversal Networks Wants To Be Your Company’s Cyber Security Department

    Imagine a company that installs an appliance to monitor your network for malicious activity, then broadcasts that security data to a cloud service and has experts watching and responding to any real threats. That’s what Traversal Networks, a member of the Summer Y Combinator 2015 class, is trying to do. In fact, the company was making its pitch at YC Demo Day shortly after I spoke… Read More

  • Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle’s Blackphone 2 Landing In September

    Silent Circle showed off the second generation of its pro-privacy Android-hardened smartphone, the Blackphone, back in March at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow — touting a summer launch for the device. In the event, it’s still not launched, and the company has now quietly put up a pre-order page on its website, for a September release. Read More

  • ProtonMail Open Sources Its Encrypted Webmail Interface

    ProtonMail Open Sources Its Encrypted Webmail Interface

    Secure encrypted email provider ProtonMail, which runs a “zero access” PGP mail service based in Switzerland has now open sourced its webmail interface — meaning all the code that runs locally on the user’s computer is available for inspection. Read More

  • Confide, The Self-Destructing Messenger, Goes Live On Desktop

    Confide, The Self-Destructing Messenger, Goes Live On Desktop

    Confide, the app that lets you send self-destructing messages, is now transitioning to the desktop. Confide launched 18 months ago as a mobile app on iOS and Android, offering users the chance to send messages to each other that are only readable a few words at a time. When the user tapped on certain words in the message, they would appear and disappear again as the user’s finger… Read More

  • Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

    Mozilla Makes Private Browsing More Private In Firefox, Adds Tracking Protection

    Mozilla is testing a new private browsing mode in Firefox that doesn’t just keep no trace of your porn browsing habits on your machine but that also blocks online services that could track you while you’re surfing the web. That’s not unlike what plug-ins like Ghostery and the EFF’s Privacy Badger can do for you, but Firefox now combines that with its own incognito mode. Read More

  • Dropbox Adds Support For U2F Security Keys

    Dropbox Adds Support For U2F Security Keys

    Dropbox today announced that it will now support security keys. Security keys are physical USB dongles from companies like YubiCo that allow you to bypass the traditional app- and text message-based two-factor authentication schemes with their six-digit codes by simply plugging the key into your computer. Read More

  • DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity Focuses On Security In Latest Release

    DataGravity announced version 2.0 of its storage appliance today, which focuses on data security, particularly knowing what files you have and who’s been accessing them. When DataGravity emerged last summer with a new concept of data aware storage, it announced a number of key features, but it found that “customers were gravitating most around security at the point of… Read More

  • Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits Crunch Network

    Biometric Security: From Selfies To Walking Gaits

    The payments industry, facing the risk of increasingly sophisticated cyber-attacks and various types of credit card fraud, has begun incorporating various types of biometric technology to enhance security and prevent breaches. As recently reported, MasterCard is launching a facial recognition payment service based on “selfies” taken on a smartphone. Read More

  • Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend Crunch Network

    Hacking For Cause: Today’s Growing Cyber Security Trend

    What do the following data-breach headlines from the past year have in common? The Sony Pictures hack: Everything we know so far; Anonymous hackers release emails ordering bear cubs be killed; Hackers threaten to release names from adultery website … Connecting the dots yet? Read More

  • UK-Based Carphone Warehouse Hack Could Affect Up To 2.4M Customers

    UK-Based Carphone Warehouse Hack Could Affect Up To 2.4M Customers

    Happy Saturday! Today, UK-based mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse shared with its customers that it had been the subject of a “sophisticated” cyber attack, potentially laying bare the personal details of 2.4M of its customers. If that wasn’t bad enough, credit card information for upwards of 90,000 of those customers might be running out and about, too. The company found… Read More

  • Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Hack The Planet! (Before It’s Too Late)

    Greetings from the gaudy hellscape of Las Vegas, and that overcrowded maelstrom of surly hackers known as DEF CON! What follows is a brief rundown of the talks here (and its big corporate sister Black Hat) that seemed particularly interesting. Short version: software is eating the world; software can be hacked; ergo, the world can be hacked. Be afraid. Read More

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