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How to Use End-to-End Encryption in Facebook Messenger Right Now

How to Use End-to-End Encryption in Facebook Messenger Right Now

Meta might not be a bastion of digital privacy (and very well may be an enemy of it), but the times might be a-changin’. The company announced on Thursday, Aug. 11 they are testing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for Facebook Messenger as the default, meaning all Messenger users would have their chats protected from spying eyes …

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Scientists hid encryption key for Wizard of Oz text in plastic molecules

Scientists hid encryption key for Wizard of Oz text in plastic molecules

Enlarge / Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin encrypted the key to decode text of the The Wizard of Oz in polymers. S.D. Dahlhauser et al., 2022 Scientists from the University of Texas at Austin sent a letter to colleagues in Massachusetts with a secret message: an encryption key to unlock a text …

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A Phone Carrier That Doesn’t Track Your Browsing or Location

A Phone Carrier That Doesn’t Track Your Browsing or Location

As marketers, data brokers, and tech giants endlessly expand their access to individuals’ data and movements across the web, tools like VPNs or cookie blockers can feel increasingly feeble and futile. Short of going totally off the grid forever, there are few options for the average person to meaningfully resist tracking online. Even after coming …

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The cryptopocalypse is nigh! NIST rolls out new encryption standards to prepare

The cryptopocalypse is nigh! NIST rolls out new encryption standards to prepare

Enlarge / Conceptual computer artwork of electronic circuitry with blue and red light passing through it, representing how data may be controlled and stored in a quantum computer. Getty Images In the not-too-distant future—as little as a decade, perhaps, nobody knows exactly how long—the cryptography protecting your bank transactions, chat messages, and medical records from …

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Quantum-resistant encryption recommended for standardization

Quantum-resistant encryption recommended for standardization

The US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has recommended four cryptographic algorithms for standardization to ensure data can be protected as quantum computers become more capable of decryption. Back in 2015, the NSA announced plans to transition to quantum-resistant cryptographic algorithms in preparation for the time when quantum computers make it possible to …

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A new vulnerability in Intel and AMD CPUs lets hackers steal encryption keys

A new vulnerability in Intel and AMD CPUs lets hackers steal encryption keys

Microprocessors from Intel, AMD, and other companies contain a newly discovered weakness that remote attackers can exploit to obtain cryptographic keys and other secret data traveling through the hardware, researchers said on Tuesday. Hardware manufacturers have long known that hackers can extract secret cryptographic data from a chip by measuring the power it consumes while …

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