Facebook may add end-to-end encryption to Messenger, report says


Facebook Messenger may follow WhatsApp in implementing stronger encryption, according to a new report. 

The social network could add end-to-end encryption to its Messenger app later this year, even though it may come at the expense of some of Facebook's artificial intelligence features, The Guardian reports

The new encryption measures, which would make messages sent through Messenger more secure, will reportedly roll out as an "optional" encrypted mode that users would need to opt into in order to enable it. If true, that would differ from the encryption recently implemented by Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which turned on end-to-end encryption by default on all its apps last month Read more...

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Tor switches to DuckDuckGo search results by default

Tor browser Tor users are currently being served DuckDuckGo search results by default. Read More

Google plans to bring password-free logins to Android apps by year-end

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.27.45 PM Google’s plan to eliminate passwords in favor of systems that take into account a combination of signals – like your typing patterns, your walking patterns, your current location, and more – will be available to Android developers by year-end, assuming all goes well in testing this year. In an under-the-radar announcement Friday afternoon at the Google I/O developer… Read More

Google’s Allo won’t include end-to-end encryption by default

O92A6082 Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool. It’s a feature-rich interface with graphics and doodles, and it works with Google Assistant to make suggestions and schedule plans. Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is… Read More

A 10-year-old hacked Instagram so Facebook gave him $10,000


Before he even reached the age requirement to make a Facebook account, a 10-year-old found a major flaw in Instagram, earning him a cool $10,000 from Facebook. 

Jani (his parents withheld his last name, figured out a way to get into Instagram's servers and delete text posted by Instagram users, Finnish news site Iltalehti reported.

Jani was rewarded $10,000 by Facebook as part of its bug bounty program, which offers cash rewards to people who find bugs and flaws in Facebook's digital infrastructure. That includes the Facebook-owned Instagram. Read more...

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Google enables HTTPS for all Blogspot sites

fig1 Google today made HTTPS connections the default for all of the sites on its Blogspot domain. Google first enabled HTTPS for Blogspot last September, but at the time, it was an opt-in feature. Starting today, encrypted connections are enabled by default. It’s worth noting that this only applies to Blogspot blogs that fall under the .blogspot.com domain. HTTPS is currently not available… Read More

Jolla closes $12M Series C for its Sailfish mobile OS licensing business

Jolla_Makia Alternative mobile OS maker, Jolla, whose Sailfish licensing business aims to compete with Google’s Android platform by offering OEMs the ability to tailor the mobile platform to their needs, has closed out a $12 million Series C financing round. Read More

Google for Work and Google Cloud Platform get new security and privacy certifications

9027029071_ab7695723b_o (1) In what is clearly part of the company’s efforts to get more enterprise customers on its platforms, Google today announced that it has renewed its ISO 27001 certification for the fourth year in a row and upped its product coverage from 34 to 59 products. In addition, Google Apps for Work and the Google Cloud Platform have now also been certified for ISO 27017 for cloud security and… Read More

ACLU map shows locations of 63 ongoing phone-unlocking cases

iphonecases In case you thought the recently and abruptly terminated fracas in San Bernardino was an isolated incident, the ACLU has put together a handy map of cases around the country where the All Writs Act has been used to justify an order to unlock a smartphone. Read More

Google makes Gmail security warnings more prominent for users

gmail-autocomplete Google is increasing the visibility of security warnings inside Gmail to help protect the service’s billion-plus active users more adequately. Read More
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