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Opera for Android now includes a free, unlimited VPN

The Opera browser has added a privacy feature to its Android browser that every person actually ought to use already: A VPN.

Mark Zuckerburg promises a “privacy-focused” future for Facebook

We've gotten used to Facebook being rather terrible at anything like protecting user privacy, being transparent about ... most things, or keeping its promises. So we could be forgiven for being skeptical of Mark Zuckerburg's newest note to the internet, which claims that Facebook is looking towards a "privacy-focused" future for the social network. 

How secure is your data when it’s stored in the cloud?

As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been increasing their use of services like Google Drive for some time, and lots of individual users also store files on Dropbox, Box, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and the like. They’re no doubt concerned about keeping their information private – and millions more users might store data onli...[Read More]

End-to-end encryption isn’t enough security for ‘real people’

Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. And it ignores the fact that governments have other ways to keep an electronic eye on targets of investigations. In June, government intelligence officials from the Five Eyes Alliance nat...[Read More]

How WhatsApp encryption works – and why there shouldn’t be a backdoor

A battle between national security and privacy is brewing. Governments and secret services are asking encrypted messaging services such as WhatsApp to allow them access to users’ data. Most recently, in the wake of the March attack at Westminster, Amber Rudd, the UK home secretary, said it was unacceptable that the government couldn’t read the encrypted messages of suspected terrorists. The main a...[Read More]

The age of hacking brings a return to the physical key

With all the news about Yahoo accounts being hacked and other breaches of digital security, it’s easy to wonder if there’s any real way to keep unauthorized users out of our email and social media accounts. Everyone knows not to use the same username and password combination for every account – though many people still do. But if they follow that advice, people end up with another problem: way too...[Read More]

How secure is your smartphone’s lock screen?

One consequence of the Apple vs FBI drama has been to shine a spotlight on the security of smartphone lockscreens. The fact that the FBI managed to hack the iPhone of the San Bernardino shooter without Apple’s help raises questions about whether PIN codes and swipe patterns are as secure as we think. In fact, they’re probably not as secure as we’d hope. No device as complex as a smartphone or tabl...[Read More]

Forcing Apple to open doors to our digital homes would set a worrying precedent

Who controls what in the digital world? Apple is currently involved in a court face off with the FBI, and has refused to produce software that would help investigators to unlock the phone of San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook. The clash is just the latest illustration of how important, as more and more of our lives are reduced to streams of data, access to that data has become. The process b...[Read More]

Verbatim releases new Secure’n’Go encrypted flash drives

Flash drives are funny things. Around Stuff Towers, and probably anywhere else where technology is within easy reach, they’re not given that much attention unless there’s something really special about them. Otherwise… they’re just there. Verbatim is looking to catch the attentions of those who aren’t that excited by flash drives with the local release of their new Se...[Read More]

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