Data Security: Tokenization vs. Encryption

Data is the new gold. Today, all businesses, whether large or small, collect, store, receive or transmit data to a certain degree. And irrespective of which device, technology, or process is used to manage, store or collect, this data must be protected. That is where data security enters the picture.  Data security refers to a […]

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WhatsApp Still Working on Password-Protected Encrypted iCloud Backups

WhatsApp is working on a way to secure users’ chat backups in iCloud using password-protected encryption, according to a new report from forthcoming-feature specialist WABetaInfo. The Facebook-owned chat platform began early work on the security feature back in March 2020. Currently, WhatsApp on iPhone lets users back up their chat history to ‌iCloud‌, but messages […]

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WhatsApp Uses Status Updates to Remind Users About Its Privacy Commitments

WhatsApp has started using Status messages to remind its users of the messaging service’s “commitment to your privacy,” following the recent confusion regarding changes to its privacy policy last month. “WhatsApp is now on Status,” the message begins. “We’ll let you know about new features and updates here. One thing that isn’t new is our […]

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Russia Ends Ineffective Ban on Telegram Encrypted Messaging App

Russia this week lifted a nearly two-year ban on messenger app Telegram after it failed to prevent the encrypted platform from being widely used, reports Reuters. Some Russian media portrayed the move as a capitulation, but the country’s media regulator Roskomnadzor said the company had shown “willingness” to help with counterterrorism efforts. “Roskomnadzor is dropping […]

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Signal Encrypted Messenger Rolling Out New Face-Blurring Tool for Shared Images

Encrypted messaging app Signal is rolling out a new face-blurring feature that automatically locates and blurs faces in images shared over the platform. In a blog post announcing the update, Signal co-founder Moxie Marlinspike explained that the tool was a response to a surge in traffic, spurred by ongoing protests around the world against racism […]

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Zoom Developing End-to-End Encryption Feature for Paying Users

Videoconferencing service Zoom says it is developing end-to-end encryption for the platform, but the feature will only be available to paying users. Speaking to Reuters, Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos confirmed the plan, which had been based on “a combination of technological, safety and business factors.” Zoom has attracted millions of free and paying customers […]

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Zoom Accused of Misleading Users With ‘End-to-End Encryption’ Claims

Zoom is facing fresh scrutiny today following a report that the videoconferencing app’s encryption claims are misleading. Zoom states on its website and in its security white paper that the app supports end-to-end encryption, a term that refers to a way of protecting user content so that the company has no access to it whatsoever. […]

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MI5 Argues for ‘Exceptional Access’ to Encrypted Messages

The director general of Britain’s Security Service is arguing for “exceptional access” to encrypted messages, in the ongoing battle between authorities and technology companies, reports The Guardian. MI5 head Andrew Parker MI5’s director general has called on technology companies to find a way to allow spy agencies “exceptional access” to encrypted messages, amid fears they […]

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FBI Successfully Unlocks iPhone 11 Pro in Ohio, Casting Doubt on Claims it Needs Apple’s Help in Florida Mass Shooter Case

New questions have been raised about the FBI’s latest request that Apple break its iPhone encryption, after Forbes uncovered a search warrant strongly indicating that federal agents already have tools that can access data on Apple’s latest ‌iPhone‌ models.The report says that FBI investigators in Ohio recently used the GrayKey hardware box to unlock an […]

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Apple’s Privacy Officer Jane Horvath Uses CES Appearance to Defend Company Stance on Encryption and Software Backdoors

Apple’s chief privacy officer attended a discussion panel at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Tuesday to debate the state of consumer privacy, marking the first time in 28 years that Apple has been at CES in an official capacity. David Becker via Getty ImagesJane Horvath, Apple’s senior director for global privacy, joined […]

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U.S. Senators Threaten Apple and Facebook With Encryption Regulation

Executives from Apple and Facebook were grilled over their encryption policies in a U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, with senators threatening encryption regulation. According to Reuters, senators told Apple and Facebook that the two companies need to find a way to make encrypted data available to law enforcement for investigations. “You’re going to find a […]

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