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Your WhatsApp Messages Could Already Be Encrypted Thanks To New TextSecure Integration

Your WhatsApp Messages Could Already Be Encrypted Thanks To New TextSecure Integration

You may not use WhatsApp to send messages, but it's still the most popular messaging platform in the world. As such, it's a big deal when the switch gets flipped and all those messages are suddenly encrypted. That's what the company is doing now thanks to the just-announced integration of the TextSecure protocol from Open Whisper Systems.

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Washington Post: Google's L Release To Enable Encryption By Default, Aims To Tighten Security Against Intruders

Washington Post: Google's L Release To Enable Encryption By Default, Aims To Tighten Security Against Intruders

At the Google I/O 2014 keynote, Sundar Pichai took to the stage to let us know that the L release of Android is set to make massive improvements in security for the enterprise as well as regular users. The Washington Post has received word from Google that gives us another glimpse of what we should expect in the next version. It seems that devices shipping with Android L will have disk encryption enabled by default.

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CyanogenMod's WhisperPush Secure Messaging Hitting 10.2 Nightlies Today, Coming To CyanogenMod 11 Soon

CyanogenMod's WhisperPush Secure Messaging Hitting 10.2 Nightlies Today, Coming To CyanogenMod 11 Soon

The CyanogenMod team has been working on a secure messaging component for the popular ROM in recent months, and the time has come for some real world testing. The new encrypted WhisperPush messaging system is being rolled out to CyanogenMod 10.2 nightlies for compatibility and server load testing. If all goes as planned, it will reach the CM11 branch soon.

CyanogenMod's secure messaging is an implementation of TextSecure, a cross-platform encrypted SMS platform maintained by Open WhisperSystems.

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CM Team Announces CyanogenMod Account For Remote Device Wipe/Tracking, Dual-Release Branches For Better Security

CM Team Announces CyanogenMod Account For Remote Device Wipe/Tracking, Dual-Release Branches For Better Security

CyanogenMod is already one of the most polished Android ROMs out there, but as the dev team says in the most recent blog post, running a custom OS shouldn't mean you're lacking first-class features. To that end, CyanogenMod ROMs will soon include CyanogenMod Account for encrypted device management. The account provider is already in CM's Github, but don't get too ahead of yourself – the CyanogenMod Account isn't rolling out right away.

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Jelly Bean App Encryption Breaks Thousands Of Apps In The Play Store - Google Disables DRM For Now

Jelly Bean App Encryption Breaks Thousands Of Apps In The Play Store - Google Disables DRM For Now

Piracy is a major issue for Android, and even more so for Android developers, which is why Jelly Bean introduced App Encryption. But this may be a case of the cure being worse than the disease: hundreds of developers of paid apps have chimed in on a Google Code thread, claiming that the encryption (or more accurately, the location of installed and encrypted apps from the Google Play Store) makes their apps entirely unusable, as account information and other stored data is removed after a device reboot.

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Here's What Didn't Make It Into Tonight's ICS Demo - Encryption, Disabling Apps, And More

Here's What Didn't Make It Into Tonight's ICS Demo - Encryption, Disabling Apps, And More

While tonight's event positively overloaded us with details about Ice Cream Sandwich, there were some features that didn't make the cut - Android engineer Dan Morrill has spilled the details on even more awesome features we can expect from the latest version of Android, posting a brief message about them on Google+. Unfortunately we don't have screen shots of these features, but we can discuss what information we do have, feature-by-feature.

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So You Want To Know About Bootloaders, Encryption, Signing, And Locking? Let Me Explain

So You Want To Know About Bootloaders, Encryption, Signing, And Locking? Let Me Explain

If you were ever wondering what bootloader encryption, signing, and locking actually meant, this post is for you.

My name is Ivo, and recently I posted this write-up on Reddit (check out the Android subreddit while you’re there!). The post gained quite a bit of traction, and to spread the word further, I'm now posting it here at Android Police. I hope it helps out those of you who are confused.

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Google Makes Android More Attractive For Google Apps Users With New Remote Capabilities

Google Makes Android More Attractive For Google Apps Users With New Remote Capabilities

Just another step in Google's efforts to make Android more appealing to businesses - an update to the Google Apps Device Policy application has added three new features to make your Android device more secure:

  • Remote Location: Any Android 2.2+ device can be located remotely via GPS or by making it ring. The PIN or password can also be remotely reset.
  • Data Encryption: Android 3.0 introduced data encryption, and now Google Apps users have the ability to encrypt this data remotely as long as the App Device Policy is already installed on the device.
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Motorola Readies A More Secure Android Platform For The Corporate World

Motorola Readies A More Secure Android Platform For The Corporate World

 

Motorola Mobility has revealed to InfoWorld that it is working with the newly acquired start-up 3LM (Three Laws Mobility) to fill the security gaps in the Android platform and create a more secure smartphone OS.

The BlackBerry has been the traditional smartphone of choice for executives, with the iPhone making slow inroads. However, the Android platform has never found love in the corporate world due mainly to its open and insecure nature, perceived or otherwise.

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Honeycomb Will Come With An "Encrypt Tablet" Feature - Business Users And Spies Rejoice

Honeycomb Will Come With An "Encrypt Tablet" Feature - Business Users And Spies Rejoice

Earlier yesterday, Google demoed some of Honeycomb's most impressive features, however one of its best features seems to have slipped under the radar. While playing around with the Motorola XOOM, Engadget noticed an "Encrypt Tablet" option in the settings page.

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At this time little is known about the encryption standard that will be used or whether the encryption process will affect the tablet's other features in any way. All that is known is that your accounts, settings, downloaded applications, media, and other files will be encrypted, and you will require a numeric PIN or password to decrypt the data.

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