mobiles

Librem 5 Linux Phone Delayed until April 2019

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Promising to offer users unprecedented control and security features that aren’t available on any mainstream smartphone out there, the Librem 5 device was supposed to hit the streets in early January 2019, but the company informs Softpedia that they decided to delay the initial shipping of the smartphone due to some issues affecting the device’s […]

privacy

“Nothing to Hide” Argument is Flawed

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Over the years, we at DuckDuckGo have often heard a flawed counter-argument to online privacy: “Why should I care? I have nothing to hide.” As Internet privacy has become more mainstream, this argument is rightfully fading away. However, it’s still floating around and so we wanted to take a moment to explain three key reasons why […]

encryption

End-to-end encryption

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Government officials continue to seek technology companies’ help fighting terrorism and crime. But the most commonly proposed solution would severely limit regular people’s ability to communicate securely online. End-to-end is important, but security experts have warned for years that the most vulnerable place for your data is not during transit from place to place, but rather […]

security

Before You Turn On 2FA…

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Many online accounts allow you to supplement your password with a second form of identification, which can prevent some prevalent attacks. However, in trying to persuade users to adopt second factors, advocates sometimes forget to disclose that all security measures have trade-offs . As second factors reduce the risk of some attacks, they also introduce […]

software

Social Mapper – facial recognition tool

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Today, researchers at Trustwave released a new open-source tool called Social Mapper, which uses facial recognition to track subjects across social media networks. Designed for security researchers performing social engineering attacks, the system automatically locates profiles on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other networks based on a name and picture. Those searches can already be performed […]

hardware

Slax 9.5.0 Released on Hardware-Encrypted USB Keys

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Slax developer Tomas Matejicek announced today the release and immediate availability of the Slax 9.5.0 release with the latest updates and security patches. With the Slax 9.5.0 release, which incorporates all the latest security patches and software updates from the Debian GNU/Linux 9.5 “Stretch” operating system, the developer also announced the availability of a USB flash drive pre-installed […]

hardware

Security Keys

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Google has not had any of its 85,000+ employees successfully phished on their work-related accounts since early 2017, when it began requiring all employees to use physical Security Keys in place of passwords and one-time codes. Security Keys are inexpensive USB-based devices that offer an alternative approach to two-factor authentication (2FA), which requires the user to log […]

DNS

DNS Performance Analytics and Comparison

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Cloudflare has a DNS service, in partnership with APNIC, that promises faster performance and improved privacy. The new service offers a faster address resolution and a promise to wipe all logs of DNS queries within 24 hours. Cloudflare has published two articles introducing their service. Announcing 1.1.1.1: the fastest, privacy-first consumer DNS service Introducing DNS […]

email

4 Encrypted Email Providers

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Are you looking for some privacy when it comes to emails? Perhaps you want a little more security and anonymity than the likes of Gmail, Outlook and AOL offer. If secure servers and end-to-end encryption are on your email wish list, we have you covered. There are a bunch of alternative email clients out there […]

VPN

Windscribe [FREE] VPN: Among the Best

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Its free service gives you 10GB of usage per month, but Windscribe’s paid Pro service has about 500 connection servers worldwide, no data cap and many more setup options. The software includes a firewall for extra protection. While you can sign up and pay for Windscribe nearly anonymously, and the Canadian company is theoretically beyond […]