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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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The Twitter app now lets you use multiple hardware 2FA keys

The Twitter app now lets you use multiple hardware 2FA keys

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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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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WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

WhatsApp is still working on password-protected Google Drive backups

It's been almost exactly a year since the last time we saw leaked screenshots of an encrypted cloud backup feature for WhatsApp. Today we see a more fleshed-out version of that tool, offering a password protected backup of your messages that uploads to Google Drive on Android and iCloud on iOS. Unfortunately, there's still no indication of when it's actually going to go live.

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Ring now offers end-to-end encryption for video

Ring now offers end-to-end encryption for video

Cloud security is always a concern when using smart home devices, but it's a little less so now with Ring devices. The company has announced that end-to-end encryption for video is rolling out today to all eligible devices. Ring has had some security issues in the past, so it's nice to see some good Ring security-related news.

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End-to-end encryption for RCS starts rolling out in Google Messages beta

End-to-end encryption for RCS starts rolling out in Google Messages beta

Google announced that end-to-end encryption was coming to its RCS messaging system last month. At the time, all we knew was that the rollout would begin soon via Google's Messages app beta. Based on our reader's reports, that rollout for end-to-end encryption has now started.

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Google Drive tests feature that may let users encrypt files offline

Google Drive tests feature that may let users encrypt files offline

Storing files in Google Drive might be good for saving space on your computer, but it's never been the most secure option, since Drive doesn't support encrypting individual files. It looks like that might be changing in the future, though, as a teardown of the latest app update reveals work towards adding support for encryption.

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Google would really like to remind you that all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted

Google would really like to remind you that all Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted

Since its launch in 2016, Google Duo has used end-to-end encryption for calls, messages, notes, and all kinds of communications carried through it. That encryption is one of the reasons we recommend using Duo to catch up with friends and family, but most users may not be aware of it. Now Google is boasting this privacy-centric approach for everyone to see, and while it's at it, it added the option to send more emojis to your contacts.

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