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Email Is Forever - and It's Not Private | SecurityWeek.Com

Email Is Forever - and It's Not Private | SecurityWeek.Com | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Conventional email security solutions may defend against spam, viruses, and malware, but they don’t defend against ignorance or egregious stupidity.
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"Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition."

 

E-mail is less secure than a postcard, cause the postcard can be thrown away after it has been received.

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The Importance of End-to-End Encryption in Protecting Your Information

The Importance of End-to-End Encryption in Protecting Your Information | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
WhatsApp recently added end-to-end encryption to its instant messaging app. If you have this app, you would have noticed the following messages on your open chats: WhatsApp explains the motivation be…
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Sending a document to someone on the internet is usually done using email. But email and attachments are as secure as postcards. The information passes through several servers and networks on the way and is available to anyone accessing those nodes. 

 

You might think that it's safe since there are billions of emails flowing through these nodes. Why should anyone bother looking for your mail? Well, the simple answer is software reads it. We use software to scan for spam and the same technology can (is!) be used to scan for words in your email, like for instance "business proposal".

 

The answer to this problem is called end-2-end encryption. 

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Phishing Cybercriminals Are Getting Smarter—and Using Proper English

Phishing Cybercriminals Are Getting Smarter—and Using Proper English | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
The conventional wisdom of watching out for emails with poor spelling and grammar has become outdated.
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The most popular means of spreading malware is emailing corrupted documents—most commonly from Microsoft Word—and baiting people to click on them.

 

Sensitive information should be transported in other channels. Internal communication should move to more modern tools than email, like for instance Slack.

 

But most of all, be aware, even on mails from colleagues that have suspicious document attachments. And plan for a breach.

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FBI warns that Business Email Scams are raising

FBI warns that Business Email Scams are raising | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it


The FBI published an alert on the significant increase of the Business Email Scams (BEC), the number of victims is growing such as the financial losses.
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Email is a very insecure way to transfer sensitive information. The most common way to inject malware is through a bogus attachment.


There are safer ways to send files securely. If you, for instance, use a service like SAFEWIRE you can guarantee the recipient that you never will ask them to open an attached file, since you never will send one.

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File sync services provide covert way to control hacked computers

File sync services provide covert way to control hacked computers | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Researchers highlight the potential use of file synchronization services for stealthy and persistent remote control
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Maybe you should send your files directly without sharing them through a cloud service?

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Apptimate's curator insight, August 10, 2015 6:53 AM

Convenience for the user is also convenience that is convenient to exploit. Better authentication mechanisms are needed.

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What Is Encrypted Messaging, and Should You Use It?

What Is Encrypted Messaging, and Should You Use It? | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Should you trust the increasing array of apps and services designed to keep your everyday conversations secure from prying eyes?
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We need to change both methods and improve technology to protect normal people. People that doesn't have the knowledge or skills to protect themselves. Multi-multi factor authentication is needed, strong encryption on data-in-transit and strong protection of the end points, the devices and servers. Simple firewalls etc just don't do it anymore.


It is we, the technology suppliers, that have to create secure technology that is simple for the user but raises the fence for the cyber criminal. It must be easier to do right than to do wrong.

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PingYou one click friend finder - Apptimate

PingYou one click friend finder - Apptimate | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Apptimate releases a new app based on Apptimate Instant Positioning Dialogs™. Now available for iPhone on App Store Where are you? This is probably the most common message sent. But why does it have to be so hard to ask,…Read more ›
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Download this free app on Apple App Store


Or if you want to develop your own, fork our source code on GitHub.

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The Nordic Venture 50+ are selected!

The Nordic Venture 50+ are selected! | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Europe Unlimited is proud to announce the companies selected to present at the Nordic Venture Forum, taking place on November 6th at the Radisson SAS Falconer Hotel in Copenhagen...
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Meet Apptimate at Nordic Venture Forum as one of the selected pitching startups. Take the chance to invest and be part of the secure messaging and secure IT opportunity.

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PingLove - the Emotional App

PingLove - the Emotional App | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Let's connect on PingLove for iPhone! There is no simpler, or cuter, way to stay in touch.
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PingPal isn’t only about hardened secure messaging and positioning. PingPal can be used for any kind of messaging apps. So, we wanted to show this with some love 

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Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence | TechCrunch

Google Acquires Emu, An IM Client With Siri-Like Intelligence | TechCrunch | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Google has acquired Emu, a new mobile messaging application that just exited beta earlier this year. Emu was at heart an IM client, but it differentiated..
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It will be interesting to see where Google will take Emu. It's an interesting concept of automating tasks based on the conversations you have. Maybe they will create something more useful than Google Now.


One thing that would be really useful would be if the Emu technology could help out separating corporate conversations from personal stuff that would help in BYOD scenarios. As long as it stays in the phone and doesn't leak onto Google servers, that would render it completely useless from a security point of view.


It is also an interesting concept to mix with ephemeral messaging. The disappearing message could still trigger an event in the phone. Will that make ephemerality impossible or could it be used to automate ephemarlity? Automatically remove certain types of messages?

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Investors have to stop trying to justify the lies and libel of Secret

Investors have to stop trying to justify the lies and libel of Secret | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
In the last few months, I’ve spoken to two groups of people about Secret. The first group are investors who I respect very much who have either invested in Secret or tried to. Each time they’ve tri...
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Monetization! OK, call me old fashioned boring industrialist, but it's paying customers that bring food to my table. 


Secret has some business development to do to generate that ROI for their investors. Facebook or Alibaba can't by every app that doesn't have a business plan.

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Line gains new Snapchat-like 'hidden chats' feature for ephemeral messaging -- AppAdvice

Line gains new Snapchat-like 'hidden chats' feature for ephemeral messaging -- AppAdvice | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Line has just gained a new feature that appears to have come straight out of the Snapchat school of ephemeral messaging.
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Line is next in line to ephemerality.  The right to control what is forgotten is becoming main stream.

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GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers

GM’s new app lets you scan license plates and text the drivers | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
The folks at GM’s China R&D division have been hard at work thinking up new ways to connect drivers, and the by-product is ...
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On one hand this is something that every driver wants; the ability to scream at someone that annoys you. On the other hand there are some serious privacy issues with the ability to send SMS to strangers without the possibility to opt-in or out.

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British MPs emails are routinely accessed by GCHQ — Medium

British MPs emails are routinely accessed by GCHQ — Medium | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
New documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that both the British Intelligence and the NSA regularly intercept the British MPs emails.
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“GCHQ documents classified above top secret, released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, also reveal that the spy agency has the capability to scan the content of parliamentary emails for “keywords” through an established cyber defence network that is connected to commercial software used to filter spam emails from MPs’ inboxes.

 

Such software can be designed to scan ALL email, not just MP's, and not only by government agencies. If you need to send a classified document, don't use email and attachments. Use a secure file transfer service, like http://safewire.it.

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Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers

Cyber-security - Kryptonite for lawyers | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Analysis of the Mossack Fonseca website reveals glaring security weaknesses. Law firms generally are easy targets suggests Emily Taylor.
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There is a huge need for simple and secure tools to make life easier to the common users, that lack cyber security expertise. Check out http://safewire.it/

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New Threat Report Illustrates Need For Safe Enablement of SaaS Applications - IT SECURITY GURU

New Threat Report Illustrates Need For Safe Enablement of SaaS Applications - IT SECURITY GURU | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
New Threat Report Illustrates Need For Safe Enablement of SaaS Applications
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"Email attachments continue their toxicity – Over 40 percent of email attachments were found to be malicious."


Email is clearly not the way to send classified information.

Use safewire.it instead. Simpler than email, more secur than online banks.

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How a $218K HIPAA fine could have been avoided with secure file transfer

How a $218K HIPAA fine could have been avoided with secure file transfer | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Given that healthcare organizations must sometimes exchange sensitive patient data with external parties, how can they ensure that this is done safely, protecting patient privacy and complying with HIPAA requirements?
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SAFEWIRE.it is much cheaper than $218k. And it is so simple to use that it will actually be used.

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PingPal Messenger for Android released - Apptimate

PingPal Messenger for Android released
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PingPal Messenger now released, both on Google Play and on GitHub

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PingPal - secure group messaging and positioning

PingPal - secure group messaging and positioning | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Let's connect on PingPal Messenger for iPhone!
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The source code now released on GitHub (https://github.com/Apptimate/PingPal-Messenger-iOS).

Go ahead and fork it!

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Popular messaging apps fail EFF's security review

Popular messaging apps fail EFF's security review | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Some of the most widely used messaging apps in the world, including Google Hangouts, Facebook chat, Yahoo Messenger and Snapchat, flunked a best-practices security test by advocacy group the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
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It's clear that consumer tools are not up to par with the needs for safe communication in organizations and corporations. I wonder if they will throw out their backend and use something like apptimate.io or just keep putting makeup on the pig? My guess is that is that they will try solve the issues through marketing and not by the needed brain surgery.

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Emoji-Only Messaging Apps Find Growing Market :) :)

Emoji-Only Messaging Apps Find Growing Market :) :) | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Even if just sending someone a Yo! seems like hard work, then don’t despair, help is at hand, so to speak. A new wave of messaging apps whose only characters are emoticons promise to take the effort out of tapping and typing messages altogether.
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An even simpler app, sort of a mix of this one and Yo!; PingLove, available for iPhone: http://bit.ly/pinglove 

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China races to restrict messaging apps

China races to restrict messaging apps | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
China has new set of restrictions on what citizens will be able to post on messaging applications, Chinese officials said Thursday, according to the Associated Press. The new set of regulations is ...
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China tightens censorship. Kakaotalk and Line are blocked. Chinese WeChat promises to stop "rumors" from spreading.


Let's face it China; you will have a tough time stopping internal debate by stopping apps. There are always alternatives... Like a new app a week popping up.


This is a great market for ephemeral and encrypted apps and platforms. Even if you comply fully with the Chinese rules there will be no messages to analyse and track.

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People Are Instant Messaging Each Other More Than Ever Simply To Flirt

People Are Instant Messaging Each Other More Than Ever Simply To Flirt | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
A small percentage of mobile users are changing the way we communicate.
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Messaging on the rise, especially using smartphones. This report claims that the most popular usage is flirting. Check out http://pinglove.pingpal.io/ for PingPal's new flirting app, released in a few days.

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The Best Chat Apps for Your Smartphone

The Best Chat Apps for Your Smartphone | SAFEWIRE.it secure file transfer | Scoop.it
Here's our selection of the best mobile messaging apps out there.
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A great rundown of the most popular messaging apps. There's no sign that there will be one app replacing SMS as a global messenger, rather the opposite. New apps coming out all the time.


In my opinion we will see even more diversity when messaging and messaging becoming a feature in many different apps, connected to a specific task. If you discuss movies you will do that in the movie app, food in the recipes app, and so on. The trick is friend discovery and joining contact lists.

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How fast is PingPal Messaging Platform? - YouTube

PingPal is fast, most often "instant". But what does this mean in reality? Performance in mobile networks and devices are dependent on so many parameters, li...
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PingPal is fast, most often "instant". But what does this mean in reality?

Performance in mobile networks and devices are dependent on so many parameters, like device architecture, OS, network bandwidth, carrier, network type, geography, device movement, the app itself, etc., so it is difficult to give clear measurable data.

So, we made a demo. A very simple app sending a message to all users to display or remove a popup. We implemented it on iOS, Android and JavaScript in a web browser and recorded the result so you can see for yourself.

Please note that the video has not been manipulated other than adding the layover texts. The performance is exactly what you can see in this video.

Equipment and network connections:

  • iPhone 3GS over WiFi
  • iPhone 4S over 3G
  • iPhone 5 over 4G
  • Sony Xperia X10 over WiFi
  • Safari on Mac over WiFi
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