Posts Tagged ‘encryption’

Unseen – A 4096-Bits Encryption Communication Service from Iceland

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Growing levels concern regarding communication privacy issues has given rise to scads of new encrypted email services … Like this one for example:

Quite a few companies and individuals aim to improve communication security. Unseen.is is third service that I have reviewed in the past 24 hour period that promises to improve user communication security and privacy (the other two are ShazzleMail and Telegram). Unlike the two services, Unseen is a complete communication product that combines email, audio and video calling, and chat in a single service.

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How to Prevent Cryptolocker Ransomware from Hitting Your PC

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Extortion-ware gets more sophisticated all the time; you can’t be too careful about stuff like this …

Cryptolocker is a relatively new kind of ransomware that was first detected in the wild in September 2013. Ransomware for those who do not know the term refers to malicious software that, when executed on a PC, encrypts files on it so that they cannot be accessed anymore unless decrypted. Cryptolocker displays a ransom notification to the user of the system that states that the ransom — usually between $100 and $300 — has to be paid to unlock the files again. If the demand is not met in 96 hours, the option to do so will expire and the files will be lost forever.

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HTTP Nowhere for Firefox Blocks All but Encrypted Traffic

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

It looks like Firefox is quickly becoming the browser of choice for those concerned with privacy and security …

Protecting your privacy online is a hot topic right now, with PRISM looming over the heads of all Internet users. But even if you take PRISM aside, there is a drive towards privacy on the Internet.

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Hemlis: Encrypted Messaging App by Pirate Bay Co-Founder

Monday, August 26th, 2013

Here’s an interesting new app for those who are concerned about the privacy of text messages …

One of the effects of the PRISM revelation is that we have seen an increase in “secure” or “private-orientated” applications and services, or at the very least the announcement of these services.  We have covered the local email service Mailpile before that has reached the funding goal of $100,000 just recently.

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Mailvelope: Use OpenPGP Encryption on Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail and Other Webmail Services

Monday, August 5th, 2013

I haven’t tried this myself, but it sounds like a pretty good idea …

If you prefer to use a webmail interface such as those provided by Gmail, Hotmail or Yahoo! Mail, you probably know that you cannot really secure your data directly when you are using those services. The majority of popular webmail services do not support email encryption for instance which would protect the content of messages from being read by automated tools and anyone else with access.

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Secure Gmail Adds Email Encryption to Google Mail

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

A month or two ago this would have seemed like overkill, but now, it’s food for thought …

With PRISM news losing momentum and shifting to Snowden’s whereabouts almost entirely, it is likely that the majority of the world population will have forgotten about it very soon. It is unlikely that anything will be done about it to prevent that data is grabbed by agencies around the world, so that users are left with protecting their data individually.

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Encrypt and Erase to Delete Data Reliable on SSDs

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

If you use solid state drives, here’s a security tip that’s worth consideration …

The security of data on Solid State Drives (SSDs) is not only important for government agencies and enterprises, but also for end users. Even if you do not plan on selling or giving away the hard drive or computer at all, you may encounter situations where someone else gets access to the PC. Maybe it is stolen by a thief, taken from you by a police raid, or someone in your organization or home starts to look at the data it contains more closely.

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Preparing Your Laptop Before You Go Abroad

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Sound advice for anybody who travels with a laptop (although, I’ve got to add that taking a laptop-free vacation every once in a while can be pretty cool too.)

I always take my laptop with me when I go on trips. It does not really matter if it is a weekend city tour, a business trip, or a long vacation abroad. Even on holiday, I need my laptop around as I need to be prepared to fix things that go wrong on my websites or servers the sites are running on.  And for that, I prepare my laptop before I go on the trip.

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The Importance of Using Mobile Encryption

Monday, March 26th, 2012

If you use a laptop for business purposes, you might want to check this out …

This might come as a surprise to you, or perhaps even alarm you, but on the city of London’s public transport system alone, around 200 laptops are handed into lost-property offices every day.  This figure, which doesn’t even include all the ones that are never recovered, extrapolates out to over 50,000 every year just for the buses, taxis and underground trains in a single British city.

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Using Bitlocker in Windows (Best Practice Guide)

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Here’s a useful Windows security tool that many of us probably didn’t even know that we already had …

If you use a laptop for work, or it you carry important or sensitive data with you then it should be encrypted.  Put simply the repercussions of not using encryption are far too serious to imagine with substantial fines being probably the least significant to a loss of customer and market confidence being the worst.

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