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…
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.
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.
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.
Should you trust the increasing array of apps and services designed to keep your everyday conversations secure from prying eyes?
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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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..
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?
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 ...
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.
New documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal that both the British Intelligence and the NSA regularly intercept the British MPs emails.
“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.
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?
SAFEWIRE.it is much cheaper than $218k. And it is so simple to use that it will actually be used.
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.
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.
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.
An even simpler app, sort of a mix of this one and Yo!; PingLove, available for iPhone: http://bit.ly/pinglove
A small percentage of mobile users are changing the way we communicate.
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.
Here's our selection of the best mobile messaging apps out there.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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