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 could find themselves extremely vulnerable if they’re not completely ready when the technology becomes a practical reality.

This doesn’t mean that the NSA is asking the government or security vendors to avoid upgrading their ‘traditional’ encryption. It already has suggestions for cryptographic methods that should make it easier to adopt quantum-proof security. However, the agency doesn’t want others pouring a lot of their time and money into encryption that may well become obsolete in the “not too distant future.” Even though you aren’t likely to see a wave of quantum hacking any time soon, the prospect is real enough that the NSA is treating it as a high priority.

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 security strategy when it comes to adopting the cloud. Government security managers running Google Cloud should educate themselves on the various cloud encryption models available and also consider which complementary security solutions must also be implemented. Depending on the cloud encryption model employed, cloud data may be susceptible to unauthorized access by cloud service provider insiders or be moved to other jurisdictions that might present data sovereignty issues.

Let’s break it down.

Server-side encryption. At the most basic level of the cloud encryption models, there is server-side encryption (SSE), where the encryption is performed by the cloud service provider using keys it owns and manages itself. Server-side encryption is the most vulnerable cloud encryption model, as the key unlocking access to the data is in control of the cloud provider. While SSE provides a basic level of encryption, it does not provide enterprise security control nor does it help protect against insider attacks because service provider employees could access the data intentionally or by mistake.

Server-side encryption with customer-provided keys. What Box, AWS and now Google offer is server-side encryption with customer-provided keys (SSE-CPK). In this model, the cloud provider handles the encryption but hands the keys the customer to own and manage. The cloud service provider runs the encryption in its underlying infrastructure and promises to only keep the keys in memory while the virtual machine is up and running. However, the keys still flow through cloud provider application programming interfaces, so it is not much of a stretch for the cloud provider to divert or intercept the keys.

Client-side encryption. The most secure solution is client-side encryption (CSE), which occurs in the cloud but it is initiated and managed by the data owner. The customer selects the encryption method and provides the encryption software. Most important, the customer owns and manages the encryption keys.

This approach allows customers to store and manage the keys for the virtual machines on their own premises or in a controlled instance in the cloud. When the virtual machine boots up in the private or public cloud, it can use a pre-boot network connection to an enterprise-controlled intelligent key manager to retrieve the key.

In the announcement of SSE-CPK on Google’s blog, the company chides, “Keep in mind, though, if you lose your encryption keys, we won’t be able to help you recover your keys or your data – with great power comes great responsibility!” The onus is indeed on the customer to not only keep the keys close, but keep them safe. The most responsible move for IT admin is to have an enterprise-controlled intelligent key management solution to manage crypto activities.

Google’s support for SSE-CPK is a step in the right direction to giving enterprises control over who accesses their data, but it still falls short of client-side encryption. Only with the CSE model – where both the encryption and keys are initiated and managed by the data owner, not the cloud provider – does the customer have the most protection and control possible in the cloud.

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 credit union or, if the credit union is unable or does not wish to do that, via transfer to NCUA’s encrypted equipment. In either case, parties involved will sign a “chain of custody” document. The letter, in a footnote, also advises credit unions against electronically transmitting unencrypted data to examiners.

Encryption protocols outlined in the letter will remain in use until the agency acquires a secure file transfer solution that will allow credit unions and exam staff to “securely and efficiently” exchange information, Fazio wrote. That solution is expected to be in place early next year.

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 each other. So, for instance, banks in and around Geneva use dedicated fiber links to perform QKD, but they can only do this because the link distance is less than 100km. These fixed and short links are an expensive solution. A more flexible solution is required if QKD is going to be used for more general encryption purposes.

A group of Italian researchers have demonstrated the possibility of QKD via a satellite, which in principle (but not in practice) means that any two parties with a view of a satellite can exchange keys.

Why QKD?

We live in a world where quantum computing is looming as a viable tool, one that could make current means of encryption obsolete. More secure forms of cryptography are becoming increasingly important. Even now, researchers contemplate a world where various agencies store some intercepted encrypted communication under the assumption that one day they will have sufficient computational power to decode them.

Ars readers know that most security breaches are not due to a failure of encryption; rather they are enabled by poor security practices. However, I think it is fair to say that the exfiltrated data is more accessible due to poor encryption practices. And, once encrypted data has been exfiltrated, it simply awaits the requisite computational power to decode it.

This expectation—that encrypted data can be decrypted in the near future—comes from the fact that many cryptographic algorithms rely on an assumption of mathematical difficulty for their security. The validity of this assumption relies on some deep ideas about how mathematical problems can be solved.

Specifically, the mathematical assumptions that underlie public key exchange are under attack. The most commonly used algorithms are based on the computational complexity of finding prime factors of large numbers. But a quantum computer can solve this problem in far fewer steps than a classical computer. Indeed, the scaling of Shor’s algorithm—this is the quantum version of an algorithm for finding prime factors—is so favorable that it is expected that a practical quantum computer will render all encryption methods based on prime factors useless.

This is one reason why QKD is so attractive for certain people: the keys are secret and are exchanged in a way that allows one to ensure that it cannot be intercepted during exchange. Thus, an attacker is always forced to guess the key (rather than use the public part of the key to compute the secret part of the key). Any brute force attack must be performed without even knowing the length of the key or how often a new key is used.

You might argue that an assumption of QKD is that the laws of physics are correct. Science makes a big deal about how we can only get an increasingly accurate approximation of the truth, so surely this assumption is as suspect as the mathematical ones made for classical cryptography? Well, no, not really. Even if we were to discover some deeper theory than quantum mechanics, that theory must still replicate all the experimental results of quantum theory, and this includes the ones on which QKD are based. So this assumption is a fairly safe one.

In space, no one can hear your key exchange

In terms of technology, QKD is very close to being suitable for widespread use—though by “use” I mean communication between data centers, rather than for home use. The hurdle, as I stated in the introduction, is that the link must be directly between two parties, which limits us to about 100km via fiber.

There, has, however, been a rather strong push to develop free-space QKD, and this has now gone critical with the tests that show QKD via satellite is possible. In order to do this, the researchers made use of laser ranging satellites, which have corner cube mirrors mounted on them. The corner cube mirrors are retro-reflectors, so any signal that arrives gets sent back in the direction that it came from. More importantly, corner cube reflectors normally preserve polarization, which is commonly used to carry data.

So, as long as the signal arrives at your detector, then you should be able to generate a key using lasers bounced off this satellite.

Getting a signal is, unfortunately, no easy task. First, you need a clock signal to tell you when to measure—the properties of the atmosphere and the relative motion between the sender, detector, and satellite mean that you can’t rely on local timing. The clock takes the form of a powerful, let-me-fry-your-eyes laser, emitting 10 pulses per second. The actual qubits (quantum bits) are sent at 100 MHz, with every 105th pulse synchronized with the clock signal. These pulses are emitted and collected by a 1.5m telescope.

The researchers compared the polarization states they detected to the pulses of light they sent. They determined that the newer satellites did preserve polarization, while older satellites generated more errors, possibly because the coatings on the reflectors had been damaged over time (the older satellites are 15 to 20 years old). For the researchers, this showed that the error rate was low enough that a key could be shared via quantum states. But, at this point I was extremely skeptical.

QKD security is only guaranteed if the source emits single photons, since those get altered by any eavesdropping. But, in this system, the receiver gets single photons, while each pulse contains 1.3 billion photons when it exits the telescope. You would think that this renders the result useless. An eavesdropper can, by tapping a tiny fraction of the signal emitted from the telescope, obtain every bit sent without the knowledge of either sender or receiver.

The standard QKD protocol involves revealing how each measurement was performed. While only the sender knows which polarization state was sent, everyone (including an eavesdropper) knows how the measurement was performed. If only the sender and receiver know the results of the measurements, the key is secure.

It is the first and last bit of hidden knowledge—the bits sent and the measurement results—that keeps the key secret. On the face of it, in this scheme, anyone can know what polarization state was sent if they can simply snag one of those 1.3 billion photons. Everyone knows how the measurement was performed; therefore, everyone knows what the measurement results were. No secrets are kept in this situation.

However, the researchers realize this and have an alternative protocol. In their approach, the satellite would contain optics that would modify the polarization of the light at the satellite. Since the reflected signal is at the single photon level, interception after this point is detectable. Therefore, all is well, right?

The key is to make sure that the polarization state sent to the satellite does not reveal the polarization state reflected from the satellite. This can be done by sending pulses of light that are circularly polarized. This can be filtered to two pairs of linearly polarized states at the satellite (under the control of the sender). Now, the sender knows which states were sent, everyone knows how the measurements were performed, and, only the sender and receiver know the results of the measurements. This meets the requirements for QKD, but only under the condition that the control signal sent to the satellite remains secure.

This later point seems like a pretty serious weakness. A solution might be to have two identical pseudo random number generators and initiate both with the same seed at the beginning of the key generation process. But you really need to ensure that the random number generator is protected or that the seed is truly obfuscated.

I guess that what this paper demonstrates is that the single photon states behind QKD are certainly preserved on reflection from a satellite and that this opens up the possibility of having non-fixed links between parties that need to share keys. But we can’t use this technique with existing satellites, and there are some very practical problems associated with controlling the satellites in a secret manner that remain unsolved.

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 features is a good place to start if you’d like to limit the amount of cleanup you need to do, but in this day and age it’s a good idea to encrypt your device’s local storage if at all possible. Full-disk or full-device encryption (that is, encrypting everything on your drive, rather than a specific folder or user profile) isn’t yet a default feature across the board, but most of the major desktop and mobile OSes support it in some fashion. In case you’ve never considered it before, here’s what you need to know.

Why encrypt?

Even if you normally protect your user account with a decent password, that doesn’t truly protect your data if someone decides to swipe your device. For many computers, the drive can simply be removed and plugged into another system, or the computer can be booted from an external drive and the data can be copied to that drive. Android phones and tablets can be booted into recovery mode and many of the files on the user partition can be accessed with freely available debug tools. And even if you totally wipe your drive, disk recovery software may still be able to read old files.

Encrypting your local storage makes all of that much more difficult, if not impossible. Anyone trying to access your data will need a key to actually mount the drive or read anything off of it, and if you wipe the drive the leftover data that can be read by that file recovery software will still be encrypted even if the new data on the drive isn’t.

There are a few downsides. If you yourself lose the key or if your drive becomes corrupted, for example, it might be more difficult or impossible to recover data. It can slow down performance, especially for devices with processors that don’t provide hardware acceleration for encrypting and decrypting data. But, by and large, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks, and the slowdown for modern devices should be tolerable-to-unnoticeable.

iOS: Don’t worry about it

As of iOS 8, as long as you set a passcode, your personal data gets encrypted. Apple’s security whitepaper (PDF) for iOS 8.3 and later specifically says that “key system apps, such as Messages, Mail, Calendar, Contacts, Photos, and Health data values use Data Protection by default, and third-party apps installed on iOS 7 or later receive this protection automatically.”

The company also claims that every current iDevice features “a dedicated AES 256 crypto engine built into the DMA path between the flash storage and main system memory,” which ought to limit the impact of this encryption on system speed.

OS X: FileVault

Phone and laptop encryption guide: Protect your stuff and yourself

Starting with OS X 10.7 (Lion) in 2011, Apple began supporting full-disk encryption with FileVault 2. In more recent OS X versions, some Macs even offer to encrypt your storage as part of the first-boot setup process, though it’s not the default as it is in iOS.

To encrypt your drive after the fact, go to the Security & Privacy pane in System Preferences, and select the FileVault tab. Click Turn On FileVault and you’ll be offered a pair of options: store the key used to unlock your disk somewhere yourself, or choose to store it in your iCloud account. A local recovery key keeps that key off of another company’s servers, but leaves you without recourse if you lose it and you’re locked out of your system. If you do store your key in iCloud (or even if you don’t, for that matter), we strongly recommend enabling two-factor authentication for your Apple ID.

Encrypting your disk doesn’t drastically change the way that OS X works—you just need to put your account password in to unlock the disk before the operating system boots instead of afterward. You’ll also need to specify which local users’ logins can decrypt the disk. Otherwise, just the account that enabled FileVault will be able to turn the machine on. If you ever need to decrypt your Mac, it’s pretty easy if you can log in to the computer or if you have the key available.

Generally speaking, performance for encrypted devices declines less for newer Macs with hardware acceleration—most Core i5s and i7s can do it, but Core 2 Duo Macs cannot.


Phone and laptop encryption guide: Protect your stuff and yourself

Despite past promises, new Android devices still aren’t being encrypted by default. Default encryption is an option for OEMs, but outside of Google’s Nexus devices few if any companies are choosing to enable the feature on their phones.

You can still encrypt any relatively modern version of Android pretty easily—these specific steps work for Nexus devices or anything running near-stock Android, but the process should be similar if your phone is using a skin.

Open the Settings app, go to Security, and then tap “encrypt phone” to get the process started. Your phone may ask you to plug it in or charge the battery to a specific level before it will give you the option to encrypt, mostly because interrupting this process at any point is likely to completely corrupt your data partition. You’ll need to protect your phone with some kind of PIN or pattern or password if you haven’t already, and as in OS X your phone will probably require it before the operating system will boot.

To confirm that your phone was encrypted, go to Settings and then Security and look for a small “Encrypted” badge under the “Encrypt phone” menu item. If your phone already says it’s encrypted, you may have one of the new post-Lollipop phones that came with encryption enabled out of the box.

Depending on your phone, encrypting your Android phone or tablet can significantly impact performance. This is the worst for older or slower devices, which can use slower flash memory and filesystems and lack hardware encryption acceleration. The experience is better on newer phones with 64-bit ARMv8 processors and higher-end, faster storage.

Additionally, if you need to decrypt the device later on, there’s no way to do it without wiping and resetting the phone. If your phone came encrypted out of the box, though, there’s no way to decrypt the device without making more extensive software modifications.

Finally, in Android Marshmallow, the Android phones that include external storage are able to encrypt and protect the data on those cards as well as on internal storage.

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 sure that evildoers aren’t in our midst.

Governor Bush’s comments were delivered at a forum hosted by a lobbyist group called Americans for Peace, Prosperity and Security (APPS) with close ties to military contractors, that is pushing presidential candidates to adopt “hawkish positions,” according to The Intercept.

(APPS’s advisory board includes members of what you might call the National Security establishment – including a former national security advisor to George W. Bush and a former CEO of BAE Systems. Its honorary chair is Mike Rogers, formerly the chairman of the US Congress’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.)

Bush also advocated for wide latitude for the NSA to continue collecting phone metadata, although the NSA’s surveillance powers over Americans have been curtailed by Congress.

There’s “no evidence” that the NSA abused its powers or infringed on civil liberties of Americans, Bush said.

In fact, Bush said, in the clash of surveillance and civil liberties, “the balance has actually gone the wrong way” – meaning that civil liberties have too much weight.

There’s a place to find common ground between personal civil liberties and NSA doing its job. I think the balance has actually gone the wrong way.

While some US officials have advocated for technology companies to give law enforcement backdoors to read encrypted data, many security experts and tech companies say such a move would jeopardize security for everyone.

Others have pushed for some sort of middle ground, such as a multi-part encryption key that would keep encryption safeguarded by multiple agencies or companies holding part of the key.

Bush falls into this middle ground category, saying at the APPS forum that Silicon Valley companies (like Google and Apple) should cooperate with the government.

We need to find a new arrangement with Silicon Valley in this regard because I think this is a very dangerous kind of situation.

In response to Bush’s comments, some in tech and media suggested that Bush doesn’t really understand encryption.

Andrew Wooster, co-founder of a Seattle mobile software company, tweeted:

Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch "evildoers"

The presidential politics of cybersecurity

As the 2016 US presidential election contest has heated up this summer, we’re reminded that cybersecurity isn’t just about technology, it’s also about policy – and that makes it highly political.

It’s still quite early in the election cycle, but cyber issues have taken up a good bit of the debate so far.

At a 6 August Republican debate, two contenders – Governor Chris Christie and Senator Rand Paul – clashed on NSA powers, with Christie claiming that the government needs “more tools” for fighting terrorism, and Paul arguing that the US Constitution requires a warrant for collecting data from Americans.

On the Democratic side, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has largely avoided the issue of NSA surveillance, while her chief rival, Senator Bernie Sanders, has called the NSA activities exposed by leaker Edward Snowden “Orwellian” and “clearly unconstitutional.”

Beyond encryption and surveillance, the cyberthreat from China has also taken up a lot of air time, with Republican candidates Mike Huckabee and Marco Rubio calling for retaliation against China over its presumed involvement in cyberattacks on the US government.

Clinton didn’t go as far as Huckabee or Rubio, but talked up the threat of Chinese economic espionage in a speech last month in which she also claimed that China wants to hack “everything that doesn’t move in America.”

A lot of important policies affecting privacy and security of Americans – and others around the world – will be decided by the next US president.

If you care about any of these issues – encryption, surveillance and the powers of law enforcement; privacy rights; government oversight of the internet and telecommunications; and laws that affect everything from data breach liability, to the rights of security researchers to hack things – it’s time to tune in and make your voice heard.

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 Tor (Figure A) is an open network that strives to prevent any form of data surveillance. Tor protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network run by volunteers around the globe. Not only does this help prevent prying eyes from spying on you as you use the internet, it also keeps sites from learning your physical location.

Figure A

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user
To use Tor on Android, your best bet is Orbot Proxy with Tor. Once you have it installed and connected, it will encrypt all internet traffic leaving your device. This is the only app that produces a truly secure and encrypted connection for your Android device. If you are really paranoid, you need Orbot Proxy with Tor. It’s free… what do you have to lose?

2: CSipSimple

CSipSimple (Figure B) lets you do encrypted SIP calling via your Android device. It’s open source and free, and it offers an easy-to-use Wizard for setting up the app. You are required to have an account on a SIP server, and I highly recommend using Ostel. It works seamlessly and has its own wizard for setting up the SIP account within CSipSimple. Even the Ostel account is free—so the only cost associated with this will be any data usage from your provider. You can set up CSipSimple to only use Wi-Fi, to avoid any charges whatsoever. CSipSimple uses rewrite/filtering rules to integrate with Android and allows you to record calls.

Figure B

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user

3: ChatSecure

ChatSecure (Figure C) offers free, unlimited encrypted chatting on your Android device. You can chat over Google Talk/Hangouts, Facebook Chat, Dukgo, Jabber, and more. ChatSecure claims 100% privacy using state-of-the-art Off the Record (OTR) encryption. If you’re concerned about ChatSecure being blocked, you can use it in conjunction with Orbot to circumvent all firewalls and monitors.

Figure C

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user
With ChatSecure, setting up an OTR session is simple. When you start a chat with someone, you can first verify the contact and then start the encryption. This app isn’t perfect. You might run into instances where the encryption won’t start or the connection with Orbot isn’t made. But should either happen, you can restart the app and try again. It doesn’t occur often, but when you’re dealing with the need for 100% security, you don’t want to use the app without the aid of Tor.

4: K-9 Mail

K-9 Mail with APG (Figure D) encrypts email on your Android device. You must install both apps and set up APG, which will create a key pair to be used by K-9. Once you’ve created your key pair in APG, set up K-9 and it will automatically detect that you have APG installed and offer the option to sign and encrypt an outgoing email with a simple tap of a check box. This is by far the easiest means of getting encrypted email on your Android device.

Figure D

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user
One thing to remember is that all encryption keys are handled with APG—which lets you import keys created from other sources (even searching for public keys from key servers). Both apps are free. Use K-9 in conjunction with Tor and you’ll enjoy even more security.

5: Built-in device encryption

This option is for those who want to ensure the privacy of their device should it fall into the wrong hands. This built-in encryption system (Figure E) works with all data—including app data, downloaded files… everything on your device. Of course, this level of security does come with its drawbacks.

Figure E

Five free Android encryption tools for the paranoid user
First, older (or lower-end) devices might see a hit on the performance. (Newer and flagship devices shouldn’t so much as hiccup with system-wide encryption.) Second, you’ll have to enter the encryption password on every startup of the device—but that’s a small price to pay for this level of security. Pay it and be safe. Also understand that once you’ve encrypted your Android device, the only way to disable the encryption is to do a factory reset. Note: Android Lollipop defaults to device encryption.

Topping the list

Do you already feel more secure? You should. Each of these apps does a great job of keeping your data away from prying eyes. But if you only have time for one of these tools, I’d highly recommend Orbot Proxy with Tor. It will ensure all of your device traffic is routed through a far more secure network.

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 the settings menu of each device you have Pushbullet installed on and inputing the same password.

Once it’s enabled, Pushbullet won’t be able to see the data you’re sending between your devices.

“End-to-end encryption means your data is encrypted before it leaves your device, and isn’t decrypted until it is received by another of your devices. This means we at Pushbullet only forward encrypted data. By setting up end-to-end encryption, you can be confident that your data is only readable when it’s shown to you,” says the company in a blog post. “The best part of all of this is that protecting your privacy doesn’t mean giving up features. Everything you love about Pushbullet still works great even with end-to-end encryption set up!”

Download Pushbullet from the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store.

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.

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

Once enabled (achieved by entering a password on each device), it means that data passed using Pushbullet isn’t visible to the service itself or the company – only encrypted data is passed along.

To enter a password for end-to-end encryption, you just need to go to the settings menu on each device. Don’t forget your password though, there’s no record of it anywhere.

For now, the Pushbullet Android, Chrome and Windows desktop apps support the feature, but the company says that it’s working to bring it to iOS and Mac as “soon as possible.” Opera, Safari and Firefox support will then be added later.

While it’s a relatively small (but nonetheless important) feature for users, it’s essential for the future of the company if it’s intent on ploughing ahead into the messaging space.

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 of giving access to those who demanded it from certain levels.

The engineers at BBPGP.com have found that Blackberry PGP email encryption devices offer the highest level of security for wireless communications. This Blackberry PGP encryption technology allows for the highest encryption standards for email accounts. This encryption is done through BES servers.

The Blackberry PGP email encryption system is designed to be user friendly so that any level of user can conveniently protect their private information. This PGP encryption is available for private users or businesses who rely on security and privacy. It works by heavily encrypting all messages so that even if they were intercepted by a third party, it would be indecipherable.

Mark Spencer, Representative for BBPGP.com comments, “The Blackberry PGP email encryption devices is the most familiar way to communicate safely. This Blackberry PGP cryptofoons have been specially developed to communicate without the risk that the information sent by a third party, such as a government agency is intercepted safe. The Blackberry PGP encrypts the information, namely in such a way that even if this information is intercepted is nothing to do here.”

Because email is such an important communication system that is unfortunately an insecure way to transmit information, additional security measures are required to assure that privacy and sensitive information are protected. If messages are intercepted, without being automatically encrypted, personal information could become compromised. However, using technology such as the Blackberry PGP encryption from Blackberry Encrypted Phones assures that all messages are encrypted and only readable text for intended recipients. File attachments such as documents and images are also heavily encrypted for further privacy protection.

Email encryption is a process by where communications are completely scrambled to the point they are completely unreadable. The better the encryption, the less likely that a communication will be able to be deciphered. PGP email encryption offers a heavy level of this type of security.

Private users and businesses using wireless communication methods should make sure they have an additional layer of security due to how easy it is to breach the insecure wireless environment. PGP encryption acts like a high security envelope that shields communications from prying eyes of hackers, government institutions, competitors and others.