Mobile devices are no longer the future – they are the reigning kings of the present. October 2016 marked the tipping point, at which mobile devices accounted for a bigger share of Internet usage than desktop computers. Close to 2 billion people use mobile devices to access the Internet. Google has already reported mobile searches surpassing desktop ones by some 10 percentage points – and that its search algorithm will start favoring mobile sites. Not to mention that marketing and ad spending is already shifted towards mobile. But what does this brave new world mean for mobile security?
One of the things that we at Secure Group like to emphasize the most is that there are no backdoors to access our products. Why is this such a big deal? The short answer is that backdoored encryption algorithms are compromised by definition, as they feature a weakness that is known to a third party – which defeats the purpose of encryption by default. The long answer is below.
Encryption might sound like something just hackers, spies, and criminals use. And yeah, those groups of people probably do use it. But this doesn’t mean they are the only ones that have a good reason to do so. You might be thinking that when you have nothing to hide, there’s no need to worry. You couldn’t be more wrong.
Edward Snowden once made the point that the reality of mass surveillance is always one election away. The technology to undertake it is already available and the privacy protection laws are like a duct-tape holding the floodgates – all you need is one 9/11 type of event and the tape will be done away with. But what could you do to preserve privacy when that happens?
The ballots were cast, the votes were counted and the winner is clear: Donald J. Trump will serve as the 45th President of the United States of America. The question everyone is asking now is how will he run the country. On many issues the answers are not yet certain. Online privacy doesn't seem to be one of them.
Yahoo Mail just received another blow to its already crippled reputation. Citing "people familiar with the matter", Reuters reported that last year Yahoo Inc secretly collaborated with US intelligence officials to develop custom software that scrapes all of its users' incoming emails for specific information. In real time!
When Snowden revealed in 2013 that the UK Government intercepted nearly every bit of information and communication across its territory and had broad access to US mass surveillance data, it was a shock. What's more shocking, though, is that these practices continue to violate the basic rights of hundreds of millions of people. However, 10 privacy organizations are here to stop it, and they mean it.
In the two previous parts of this series, we mainly focused on land-based dangers to people's privacy. However, sometimes danger lurks from above...
"The walls have ears" is a very old saying. It has never been quite as true as it is today, however, with the vast availability of espionage equipment and spy shops booming all around the world. Wherever you are, there might be someone listening or watching, or both.