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WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

WhatsApp encrypted backups will let users balance their own privacy and security priorities

There's no shortage of reasons for why WhatsApp is as popular as it is, but the service's focus on user privacy has got to be one of the big ones. With end-to-end encrypted messages, people using the app can feel secure that their messages are headed right to the eyes of their intended recipient, without the risk of any looky-loos peeking along the way. Now Facebook's talking about its plans for taking that kind of protection to its next logical step, as end-to-end encryption expands to cover WhatsApp backups.

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Facebook's slow roll on encryption has made it to video and voice calls on Messenger

Facebook's slow roll on encryption has made it to video and voice calls on Messenger

Facebook has been slow to implement end-to-end encryption for its messaging apps, but the baby steps continue to happen nevertheless. Today, it announced the introduction of opt-in E2EE for voice and video calls in Messenger.

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Ring brings its users a welcome dose of privacy as end-to-end video encryption goes global

Ring brings its users a welcome dose of privacy as end-to-end video encryption goes global

Amazon-owned subsidiary Ring is putting more security into its security, so to speak. The company is expanding availability of video end-to-end encryption worldwide, launching support for authenticator apps as a second step to verify logins, and making ownership transfer of Ring products easier.

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Watch out for these FBI honeypot phones if you like to do crimes

Watch out for these FBI honeypot phones if you like to do crimes

Criminals use cell phones. And because police agencies know this, they tend to be a little more cautious about said phones than regular users. Cautious enough to, say, buy a special fully-encrypted phone that purports to be 100% untraceable, and use the completely hack-proof messaging app contained within. Some of those criminals came to regret it as they discovered their super-secret phones and messaging service were, in fact, provided by the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation and other police forces around the world.

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You can now log into Twitter on Android with your 2FA key alone

You can now log into Twitter on Android with your 2FA key alone

Twitter has had two-factor security based on physical keys, like the Yubikey or Google's Titan keys, for a long time. You've been able to log in with said keys on your phone (assuming your key works with your phone) for a few months. But what if you have to manage your company's PR Twitter account while on the go? Or more typically, what if you have a USB-A key for your desktop and an NFC key for mobile usage?

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Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

Google Messages end-to-end encryption for RCS Chat is rolling out to everyone

As part of today's big announcements from Google, the company snuck in a bit of a surprise: Separate from the embargo details we were provided, Google is also announcing that end-to-end encryption for Chat/RCS messages in Google Messages is now out of beta — at least, for one-on-one conversations.

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Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

Don't expect Facebook Messenger or Instagram Direct to add end-to-end encryption anytime soon

End-to-end encrypted conversations aren't just for whistleblowers and government officials. These days, more users than ever before are aware of how vital it is to keep conversations away from prying eyes. Apps like Signal and Telegram gained huge new followings earlier this year after WhatsApp botched a privacy policy update, calling attention to the importance of implementing extra security for communication tools. Today, Facebook recommitted to bringing end-to-end encryption to both Messenger and Instagram Direct, but it could take longer than some users are willing to wait.

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Your next Pixel phone might also be your car keys

Your next Pixel phone might also be your car keys

Google likes to make capital-A Alliances. Rather infamously so. But the latest one might actually mean something, as it's trying to gather software and hardware partners in cooperation for a lot of emerging security technologies, enabling hardware-based encryption for things like digital keys, secure documents, and wallets. Google is calling it the Android Ready SE Alliance.

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India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

India is demanding WhatsApp build a way to trace user messages

The Indian government has specified a proposal to Facebook-owned WhatsApp that would involve tying an alpha-numeric hash to every message sent on its platform without decrypting the message itself. The push for the app to follow new cyber crime rules comes as it struggles with a major hit to its reputation over a privacy policy change in the country.

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Bitwarden password manager adds encrypted text and file sharing

Bitwarden password manager adds encrypted text and file sharing

Bitwarden is something of a rising star in the app world, quickly gaining users and favor after LastPass crippled its non-paying tier. The free, encrypted password protector has emerged as the most feature-rich option for free users. The Android app and the platform at large are getting a new option: Send, an ability to send text info with the same encryption tools as the password keeper.

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