Virtru’s new API brings encryption tech built by ex-NSA engineer to third-party developers

Virtru co-founder Will Ackerly developed the company’s underlying encryption technology while he was working as an engineer at the NSA, so it’s fair to say he knows a thing or two about th

Secure communications service Wickr is rolling out new free features

Wickr, the secure communications service, is bringing new features to its free users. Already available to paying Wickr customers, users of Wickr’s “Me” service will also now be able

Apple moves iCloud encryption keys for Chinese users to China

Apple told Reuters that the company had to comply with Chinese authorities and move iCloud data to Chinese data centers. Not everyone’s data is moving to China. This is only going to apply to reside

Veil is private browsing for the ultra-paranoid

If you're worried about someone finding out what you're pointing your browser at, there are plenty of options for keeping it secret, with varying levels of difficulty and effectiveness. Veil takes thi

Signal expands into the Signal Foundation with $50M from WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton

Perhaps the most surprising thing I learned about Signal when I spoke with Moxie Marlinspike, the app's creator, last year at Disrupt, was that it was essentially running on a shoestring budget. A too

Electric car charge-station payment systems may lack basic security measures

Just a PSA: If you charge your car regularly at a public charge station, you might want to keep an eye out for fraudulent charges on whatever card you use to pay for it. Researchers have found that so

DuckDuckGo adds tracker blocking to help curb the wider surveillance web

Some major product news from veteran anti-tracking search engine DuckDuckGo: Today it's launched revamped mobile apps and browser extensions that bake in a tracker blocker for third party sites, and i

More details emerge of Uber’s tactics for thwarting police raids

Yet another uncomfortable revelation about Uber's legacy business and attitude to legal oversight: Between spring 2015 until late 2016 the ride-hailing giant routinely used a system designed to thwart

Skype adds e2e encrypted ‘private chats’ powered by Signal Protocol

Skype is adding an opt-in e2e encryption feature, utilizing the industry standard Signal Protocol to power 'Private Conversations'.

Security researchers flag invite bug in WhatsApp group chats

Security researchers have revealed details of a vulnerability in WhatsApp's security that could be used to compromise the secrecy of encrypted group chats on the messaging platform.

UK eyeing ‘extremism’ tax on social media giants

The UK government has kicked off the new year with another warning shot across the bows of social media giants.

ProtonMail encrypted mail service adds support for Apple Mail, Outlook and Thunderbird

Mr. Robot’s email service of choice just expanded its support for a handful of popular email clients. ProtonMail just introduced a new tool, called ProtonMail Bridge, that could expand its relat

Signal escapes the confines of the browser with a standalone desktop app

If you're an active Signal user (and why aren't you?) you likely already know about the desktop app — or what passes for one. It's actually Chrome App, requiring Google's browser to function. Well,

Encrypted chat app Signal goes down for some users

If you're having problems with Signal, you're not alone. On Friday, many users took to Twitter to report that beloved encrypted messaging app Signal was offline. While some users have been unable to a

Everyone bored to death by DoJ’s latest call for crypto backdoors

The U.S. Department of Justice's deputy attorney general, Rod Rosenstein, gave a speech on encryption yesterday and boy was it a snoozer. It's almost as if all those decades of crypto wars never happe

UK gives WhatsApp another spanking over e2e crypto

The UK government has once again bared its anti-technology teeth in public, leaning especially heavily on messaging platform WhatsApp for its use of end-to-end encryption security tech, and calling it

Signal update keeps your address book secret, keeps it safe

No one would use a secure messaging service like Signal if you couldn't find out who else was on it — but how can you trust Signal and others not to snoop when you submit your contacts for it to che

Tech giants told to remove extremist content much faster

Tech giants are once again being urged to do more to tackle the spread of online extremism on their platforms. Leaders of the UK, France and Italy are taking time out at a UN summit today to meet wit

CryptoMove protects sensitive data by fragmenting it and moving it around

CryptoMove thinks that data encryption is not enough. If you want to protect your data against hackers, the startup is using a new strategy by fragmenting your data, encrypting it and moving it around

Tutanota to offer premium e2e encrypted email free to non-profits

Freemium, open source encrypted email service, Tutanota, which is based in Germany, is offering to "donate" (as it puts it) the business version of its end-to-end encrypted email service to non-profi
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