Security-in-a-box blog

Why we still recommend Signal over WhatsApp ...even though they both use end-to-end encryption

Posted2016.05.23

ByMaria Xynou and Chris Walker

WhatsApp's collaboration with Open Whisper Systems recently brought end-to-end encryption to the lives of a billion people around the world. (Open Whisper Systems develops Signal, an open source mobile messaging and VoIP app.) When WhatsApp integrated the encryption protocol developed for Signal, many of us began using end-to-end encryption without even realizing it.

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Lets Encrypt - Moving Towards an Encrypted Web

Posted2015.12.03

ByMaria Xynou

Do you own a website? If so, as of today Let's Encrypt, a new non-profit certificate authority (CA), entered Public Beta and allows you to add HTTPS to your website for free and more easily than ever before.

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TrueCrypts Security Flaws - What Now?

Posted2015.10.08

ByMaria Xynou

In the last week, critical security flaws have been reported in TrueCrypt, the open source software for file and disk encryption. As a result, we are reviewing our advice on file and disk encryption and we now recommend users to consider other tools for secure file storage.

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Workbook on Security - Practical Steps for Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Posted2015.03.13

ByFront Line Defenders

The Workbook on Security is designed to raise awareness about security issues and to help human rights defenders consider how to mitigate threats. The workbook takes human rights defenders through the steps to producing a security plan - for individuals and for organisations.

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For LGBT Ugandans, physical security threats often translate into digital threats and vice versa

Posted2015.03.13

BySpyros E. Monastiriotis

Uganda has been in the news headlines around the world since 2009, when it introduced its first Anti-homosexuality Bill and there have been several attempts since then to increase penalties for LGBT people and those who help them.

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Does encryption still work?

Posted2015.03.11

ByChris Walker

In light of ongoing revelations about the global surveillance efforts of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and its intelligence allies, you might be wondering if any of this really matters anymore. Much of the recent media coverage appears to suggest that, not only are They recording everything we do and say on the Internet, but now They've defeated our encryption.

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Observations on recent India censorship

Posted2015.01.06

ByKaustubh Srikanth

On 17th December 2014, the Government of India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology issued an order to all licensed Internet Service Providers (ISPs) in the country to block access to 32 websites, effective immediately.

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