Target acquired: The increasing threat of targeted cyber-attacks
September 11, 2022 / Alex Linton
Data gets leaks are giving malicious attackers more chances to perform highly sophisticated, targeted attacks.
Sim Swapping attacks: How to protect yourself from this common phone scam
September 05, 2022 / Wesley Sukh
SIM Swapping: it's a pretty scary form of hacking that even managed to catch the CEO of Twitter off guard. This article tackles the best way to avoid phishing attacks, the risk and reward of 2FA (two-factor-authentication) and tips on protecting your phone number.
Avoiding malicious hackers: How to reduce your personal attack surface
September 01, 2022 / Alex Linton
Are you doing enough to protect yourself from hacks? There's one sure-fire way to figure that out: attack surface.
Creating multilateral privacy solutions: Is the GDPR actually helping?
August 24, 2022 / Alex Linton
Every tech company and their intern has tried to argue that they can (and will) 'solve' the privacy problem — but tech alone is not the answer.
Physical privacy defenders: Learning from these awesome low-tech privacy tools
August 19, 2022 / Alex Linton
While our privacy is often invaded in the digital world, but in the physical world privacy is something that we inherently recognise and respect.
Surveillance tech: How it stalked its way into our lives
August 15, 2022 / Wesley Sukh
In a world that strives for digital privacy, surveillance capitalism has ultimately tricked us into inviting spyware and data-mining tech into our daily lives.
Once upon a time, in an encrypted messaging app...
July 06, 2022 / Alex Linton
Settle in for a real life Session love story. We asked you to share how you use Session to chat with your special someone — and this was our favourite story.
How to find true love on Session
June 30, 2022 / Wesley Sukh
Privacy matters to all relationships — especially when we communicate digitally. How you and your partner message, sext or chat is just be between you.
Anonymity and online dating
June 26, 2022 / Alex Linton
Anonymity and dating might not seem like a match made in heaven — you're probably gonna want to know who you're dating, after all. But it all comes down to safety.
Session ID vs phone numbers
June 07, 2022 / Alex Linton
Session IDs are instant, secure, portable, and anonymous — making them the perfect alternative to phone numbers for a private messaging app.
What happens if Twitter gets encrypted DMs?
May 06, 2022 / Alex Linton
Ah, encryption. The lifeblood of cybersecurity. Elon Musk recently suggested adding encryption to Twitter DMs. But would that really make Twitter DMs private?
Just the two of us: Why you should care about private calls
April 14, 2022 / Wesley Sukh
Our calls beta will be arriving in just a few more sleeps. Whilst hotly anticipated, some of you might be wondering: why are private calls such a big deal?
Bigger, better, stronger: Everything you need to know about our decentralised network
April 04, 2022 / Alex Linton
One of the most unique and important parts of Session is that it is decentralised. Let's take a closer look at Session's network — how it works, how big it is, and what it means for you.
Decentralised activism: Building tech infrastructure for action
March 29, 2022 / Alex Linton
Power to the people. Power to the people. Power to the people. Here's how decentralised technology can help empower activists around the world.
Intentional communities in digital spaces: What side of TikTok are you on?
March 21, 2022 / Alex Linton
Algorithms are the great manipulators of the modern age. What makes you laugh, or cry? So what's it mean to be on a 'side of TikTok'?
Disposing of Big Tech: Building better algorithms (Part Two)
January 04, 2022 / Alex Linton
Why would we regulate algorithms? How would we do it? And, what will the effects actually be? These are some of the most important questions in tech right now.
2021 retrospective: Messaging, calling, and communicating
December 28, 2021 / Alex Linton
As 2021 comes to a close, there is no better time to look back at what happened in the messaging space — it’s been a big year after all.
Livin’ on the land of Big Tech: The gentrification of the internet
November 28, 2021 / Alex Linton
Do you believe in technology? In the world wide web of mega-corporations, rent goes up while innovation goes down.
The Matrix vs. The Metaverse
November 09, 2021 / Alex Linton
When Mark Zuckerberg introduced Facebook’s new brand—Meta—in an hour-long Connect 2021 presentation, I (along with others no doubt) had a nagging thought throughout: is this what our matrix looks like?
Flip the switch: Global Encryption Day 2021
October 21, 2021 / Alex Linton
This Global Encryption Day, the cybersecurity community is calling for people to #MakeTheSwitch to end-to-end encryption. The OPTF is proud to join the call and stand in support of encryption.
Deleting messages and time-to-live: This message will self-destruct in…
September 06, 2021 / Alex Linton
Digital conversations are fundamentally different to real-world conversations. When you have a conversation over text, you’re creating a record. The record you create will persist long into the future, and it can quickly paint a high fidelity picture about your life.
Contact discovery: Finding friends without foes
August 08, 2021 / Alex Linton
Messaging platforms are useless if there’s nobody to read your message. But some apps sacrifice privacy to make it easier to find your friends.
Communication Cooperative: A messaging app that can't sell out
July 25, 2021 / Alex Linton
We designed Session from the ground up to be run by the people, for the people. Session is one of the world’s first messaging apps run like a co-op.
Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption
June 23, 2021 / Alex Linton
Encryption is vital to defending digital privacy, but it’s being painted as the villain of the tech world. Push back against the anti-encryption agenda.
Privacy washing: Creating a clean image for dirty tech
June 11, 2021 / Alex Linton
Companies are using the push for privacy to market their tech whether it’s private or not.
May 07, 2021 / Alex Linton
End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging
April 26, 2021 / Alex Linton
End-to-end encryption is the most private and secure way to communicate online. End-to-end encryption (E2EE) is offered in most modern messaging apps, but how does it work?
Your adversary: Who’s a hacker, anyway?
April 20, 2021 / Alex Linton
A fundamental concept underpinning the field of cybersecurity is adversaries. Adversaries are any two parties who have opposing interests.
The crypto craze: Implementing cryptocurrency into a messenger
April 08, 2021 / Alex Linton
Cryptocurrencies are in the headlines again lately. Everyone who’s anyone is talking about them, trading them, and…putting crypto into their messenger?
Trust on first use: The Achilles heel of centralised messengers
April 07, 2021 / Kee Jefferys
When you first send a message on a new app, you’re trusting that service to send your message to the right person without compromising its integrity or privacy. How can we remove that trust?
Data, data, data: Session user analytics and anonymity
February 09, 2021 / Alex Linton
Session has been seeing massive user growth recently, with tens of thousands of active users in dozens of countries around the world. But hold on a minute — Session is also completely anonymous, with no phone numbers or other identifiers. So how do we know how many users we have, or where they are? Mobile …
What is metadata? Four syllables — zero privacy
February 10, 2020 / Alex Linton
Metadata is the biggest privacy risk you’ve never heard of. Learn what metadata is — and how to minimise your online footprint.
Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online
January 23, 2020 / admin
The little things really do add up when it comes to online privacy. Check out 9 steps you can take to keep yourself, and your data, safe online.
Confirming identities online
January 10, 2020 / admin
Staying private online is important for everyone — but for some, it can be crucial. Learn how to confirm who you’re talking to while staying anonymous.
Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging
December 22, 2019 / Alex Linton
Many private messaging apps have a critical flaw: centralisation. Learn why decentralisation is the future of secure private messaging.