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Month: August 2015

NSA wants encryption that fends off quantum computing hacks

NSA wants encryption that fends off quantum computing hacks

The National Security Agency isn’t just yearning for quantum computers that can break tough encryption — it wants encryption that can protect against quantum computers, too. Officials have begun planning a transition to “quantum resistant” encryption that can’t be cracked as quickly as conventional algorithms. As the NSA explains, even a seemingly exotic technique like elliptic curve cryptography “is not the long term solution” people thought it was. Quantum computing is advancing quickly enough that the NSA and other organizations…

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Whose keys are they anyway?

Whose keys are they anyway?

Google recently announced enhanced security support for its cloud customers by granting them the ability to hold the encryption keys to their data. These customer-supplied encryption keys for the Google Cloud Platform follow the example set by other cloud industry leaders such as Amazon Web Services and Box and position the tech giant as an advocate for user data privacy. The many federal IT managers who rely on Google Cloud and AWS are now able to develop a more sound…

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NCUA institutes encryption protocols for data provided to examiners

NCUA institutes encryption protocols for data provided to examiners

NCUA has instituted data encryption protocols as suggested by its Office of Inspector General this June following review of an examiner’s loss of a thumb drive containing credit union members’ data. The protocols were communicated Aug. 21 in a letter from NCUA Examination and Insurance Director Larry Fazio to the chief executives of federally insured credit unions. The letter says the agency’s examiners now will accept data files from credit unions only if the files are encrypted first by the…

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Reflective satellites may be the future of high-end encryption

Reflective satellites may be the future of high-end encryption

Quantum key distribution is regularly touted as the encryption of the future. While the keys are exchanged on an insecure channel, the laws of physics provide a guarantee that two parties can exchange a secret key without knowing whether they’re being overheard. This unencrypted-but-secure form of key exchange circumvents one of the potential shortcomings of some forms of public key systems. However, quantum key distribution (QKD) has one big downside: the two parties need to have a direct link to…

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Phone and laptop encryption guide: Protect your stuff and yourself

Phone and laptop encryption guide: Protect your stuff and yourself

The worst thing about having a phone or laptop stolen isn’t necessarily the loss of the physical object itself, though there’s no question that that part sucks. It’s the amount of damage control you have to do afterward. Calling your phone company to get SIMs deactivated, changing all of your account passwords, and maybe even canceling credit cards are all good ideas, and they’re just the tip of the iceberg. Using strong PINs or passwords and various Find My Phone…

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Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch “evildoers”

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch “evildoers”

Bush, the former governor of Florida, said Tuesday that encryption “makes it harder for the American government to do its job.” That job would be, according to Bush, “making sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst,” echoing a phrase frequently used by his brother President George W. Bush to describe the threat of radical Islamic terrorism. If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job – while protecting civil liberties – to make…

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Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user

Do your hats tend to fall into the tinfoil range? Are you afraid there is always somebody watching you? If so, rest assured that the Android ecosystem offers plenty of apps to soothe your paranoia. But which apps are the must-haves? Here are five apps you should immediately install and put to work. They’ll bring you peace in the knowledge that your mobile data is far more secure than those around you. 1: Orbot Proxy with Tor Orbot Proxy with…

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Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption to its Android, Chrome and Windows desktop app

Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption to its Android, Chrome and Windows desktop app

Continuing its evolution in to a full-fledged messaging service, Pushbullet has added support for end-to-end encryption when using the app to mirror notifications, move text captured by the universal copy and paste clipboard and send SMS messages. The feature is available to anyone using the latest version of the company’s Android, Chrome or Windows desktop app; Pushbullet promises that its iOS and Mac apps will support the feature in the near future. Enabling end-to-end encryption is done by going to…

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Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption as it continues shift into messaging

Pushbullet adds end-to-end encryption as it continues shift into messaging

Pushbullet, once a simple tool for sending files between your various devices, has announced that it now supports end-to-end encryption for additional user privacy, as it continues its march towards becoming a fully-fledged messenger. Announced in a blog post, the new encryption is applied across notifications that are mirrored between devices, any text captured by the universal copy-and-paste option and any SMS messages that are sent using the platform. Once enabled (achieved by entering a password on each device), it…

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Blackberry PGP Encrypted Phones With Latest BB12 Encryption Technology Released

Blackberry PGP Encrypted Phones With Latest BB12 Encryption Technology Released

Blackberry Encrypted Phones have Blackberry PGP email encrypted devices that offer safe and secure solutions for wireless communications. Android and iPhones have proven to be unreliable when it comes to encryption and data protection. These popular devices have been relatively reduced to the status of toys when it comes to industrial or professional grade protection against espionage at any level. No one knows where the compromise begins and ends with these platforms whose very hardware was born with the idea…

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