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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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Messages v6.2.031 promises end-to-end encryption over RCS and expanded web features for Google Fi (APK Teardown)

Google Messages has become the app to watch now that new leadership has been tasked with cleaning up some of sprawl created by projects of the past. A new dogfood build of the app made it into circulation, and it contains signs for some important features people have been looking forward to. For those with a desire to keep their messages private, Messages will soon support end-to-end encryption over RCS. And if you're a Google Fi user, get ready to see some huge improvements to the Messages for Web service that will bring browser-based access to calls and voicemail.

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WhatsApp is working on password-protected Google Drive backups

When you think about it, WhatsApp isn't the most intuitive messenger when it comes to moving from phone to phone. You need to turn on local backups or enable uploads to Google Drive and have to remember to back up before you factory reset your old phone, otherwise you might lose your most recent messages. And from a security standpoint, these backups are a nightmare, too — in contrast to messages you send and receive, they aren't encrypted. WhatsApp is looking to change that and is working on password protection for its cloud backups.

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The team behind ProtonMail announces ProtonCalendar, brings end-to-end agenda encryption

One of the biggest problems in tech right now is privacy, and the general lack thereof when it comes to using most modern apps and services. Companies collect more data about us than we're probably aware of, and even if we don't think we have anything to hide, that information can be used in ways we don't anticipate, and often not to our benefit. That's why services like ProtonMail exist, and why we've started a series on open source alternatives to Google apps. Now the folks behind ProtonMail are expanding their portfolio G Suite-style with a new ProtonCalendar app.

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Trump administration reportedly considering ban on end-to-end encryption

Encryption in everyday devices should be an industry-wide standard, but many world governments are still fiercely opposed to the idea. End-to-end encryption makes it possible to send messages that can only be read by the recipient, meaning both hackers and law enforcement are out of luck. According to a new report, senior U.S. officials are debating a possible encryption ban.

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Samsung's new USB PD 100W chips may finally bring ultra-fast charging to the masses

Xiaomi recently impressed battery worrywarts with its 100-watt Super Charge Turbo solution, but has yet to officially announce a phone with that technology. But when it comes to connecting up a couple of things with a USB cable, there's more to the equation than just power. Samsung is attempting to push that point by introducing a couple of power management chips today that can push 100W, but also puts priority on encryption.

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Android Q will bring mandatory disk encryption to even low-end devices with Adiantum's help

Google's tug of war with hackers is never ending and we're stuck right in the middle of it. Given that Android is such a big target with billions of active devices out in the world, the company has to keep on the offensive. And with the latest security improvements in Android Q, more people than ever before will be able to stay safe.

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Android Q will support encryption on low-end devices

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[Update: App available] Mozilla Firefox Send lets you share encrypted files privately and for free

Mozilla is one of the champions for internet freedom and privacy – which is part of why I love the company and its work – so it's no surprise that it "graduated" one of its experiments to a full-fledged product. Meet Firefox Send, a free, encrypted file-transfer service.

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Adiantum is Google's new fast storage encryption mode for mobile devices

Talking about encryption is difficult because while it's crucial for security and privacy, most people don't understand or care about it. Despite its importance, there's always a trade-off, since it takes a (sometimes hefty) toll on system resources. This can make a device practically unusable with how it slow it is due to the encryption processes. To combat this, Google announced Adiantum, a new mode of storage encryption for low-power devices like Android Go phones, smartwatches, and so on.

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