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Meta isn’t ready to E2E encrypt your Facebook and Instagram messages by default just yet

Meta -- the company behind Facebook and Instagram -- has shared an update regarding its end-to-end (E2E) encryption plans. The company had promised that it would E2E encrypt Facebook and Instagram messages by default during 2022. Now it has pushed this deadline till "sometime in 2023" -- a year later. Meta already E2E encrypts WhatsApp messages...

Google Chrome to default to HTTPS when typing in URLs

Google Chrome is testing a change which would see the Omnibox automatically default to the encrypted (HTTPS) version of a page, without going to the unencrypted version first. The move could shave valuable fractions of a second from page loading times and reflects the company's policy of prioritising encrypted websites in search results, brought in...

[Update: Crisis Averted] Many websites could potentially break on older Android phones in 2021

Although Project Treble has played a major role in improving the distribution of the latest versions of Android over the last few years, fragmentation remains one of the biggest shortcomings of the Android ecosystem. A huge chunk of Android devices currently in use run out-of-date versions of the operating system, and that can lead to...

Texas detective says the data encryption of modern Android phones is superior to iPhones

The US government has been trying to pressure companies like Apple to create a backdoor in its smartphones to help law enforcement agencies access encrypted data when needed. Such a backdoor could help agencies gather crucial information about a detainee, which can then be used as evidence in a court of law. However, critics have...

Trump administration officials allegedly met to discuss banning end-to-end encryption

Online privacy is one of the essential rights that has arisen in the era of the internet. Things like end-to-end encryption play a big role in ensuring you stay safe during your time on the internet, yet we often take for granted as they're baked right into some of the apps we use daily. WhatsApp...

Adiantum is an encryption algorithm for low-end Android Pie devices

Encryption is something we often take for granted. After all, modern devices not only come with support for encryption, but many actually come encrypted out of the box. Encryption, however, is a greatly important feature on Android---one of the most important, I'd dare to say. It helps you keep your personal data, files, accounts, and...

LineageOS Introduces “Trust” – A Centralized Interface for Security and Privacy

The introduction of monthly security patches for Android was a welcome and much-needed move from Google. At that time, Android was infamous for its fragmentation issues, which negatively impacted how security vulnerabilities could be patched and then quickly distributed to devices. Monthly security patches provided a quick way for concerned users to judge how "secure"...

Capillary is an open source library to help developers implement end-to-end encryption for push notifications

If you're a developer that implements push notifications in your app and you or your users care about data privacy, then it's important that you transmit these push messages securely. For those of you who are already into data security, then implementing strong encryption measures is a no-brainer. For others, it's a difficult feature to implement....

Gmail v7.2 Prepares to Add Support for S/MIME Enhanced Encryption

If there's one lesson everyone learned thanks to a certain high profile election, it's the importance of e-mail security. Gmail is the most widely used e-mail service in the world, and thanks to Google's stranglehold on smartphones, its Android application is perhaps the most common way people read and send their e-mails. Thus, it is critical...

TWRP has been released for the Google Pixel and Pixel XL

One of the most common reasons that users come to our forums is to flash custom mods, kernels, or ROMs. Developers pour countless hours into customizing their software for the benefit of the community. But none of this work is feasible without having a means to install these modifications. The first step required before you can step...

Gmail v6.7 Prepares to Add Security Warnings for Unencrypted Messages and Suggestions to Unsubscribe from Email Lists

Email security is a big topic lately, and it's important that we all take care of our own sensitive data. In order to protect its users from accidentally leaking private data, Google already automatically encrypts all messages sent internally through Gmail servers with TLS. Not all email services support encryption, however, and if you send or receive a...

How to Change Your Android Encryption Password Without Changing Your Lock Screen Password

As more and more users seek better protection for their private data across the technological space, Google has continued to introduce additional features in Android for their more privacy minded consumers. Notably, Google introduced full disk encryption (FDE) in Android Lollipop and made it a requirement for any device shipping with Android Marshmallow to have FDE...