Security

Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption

Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption

June 23, 2021

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.

Session code audit: Technical report published by Quarkslab

Session code audit: Technical report published by Quarkslab

April 29, 2021

A Session code audit for the Android, iOS, and Desktop versions of Session been completed by the cybersecurity research company Quarkslab.

End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging

End-to-end encryption: Secure messengers and messaging

April 26, 2021

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?

Your adversary: Who’s a hacker, anyway?

April 20, 2021

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

The crypto craze: Implementing cryptocurrency into a messenger

April 08, 2021

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

Trust on first use: The Achilles heel of centralised messengers

April 07, 2021

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?

Ground Safe: Putting secure tech in the hands of democracy’s defenders

Ground Safe: Putting secure tech in the hands of democracy’s defenders

March 19, 2021

A groundbreaking new report sheds light on ways for secure communications tech to evolve so it can better protect people working to defend our human rights.

The Session Protocol: What’s changing — and why

The Session Protocol: What’s changing — and why

December 16, 2020

Session is moving to a purpose-built new encryption protocol: the Session Protocol. Read all about why we’re making the move, and what it means for users.

Privacy on trial: How encryption bans and backdoors threaten us all

Privacy on trial: How encryption bans and backdoors threaten us all

December 04, 2020

A recent wave of rumoured attempts to compromise end-to-end encryption raises the question: When is compromising E2EE okay? The answer: never. Here’s why.

Cost of admission: What info do you give away when signing up for a new private messenger?

Cost of admission: What info do you give away when signing up for a new private messenger?

June 11, 2020

Signing up is a critical moment whenever you start using a new service, and sometimes it can feel like signing a deal with the devil — how much are you sacrificing to start sending messages securely? And when you’re making an account on a (supposedly) private messenger, it can feel like this is all defeating …

Verifying software downloads on Linux, Windows, and macOS

Verifying software downloads on Linux, Windows, and macOS

April 09, 2020

Don’t care what’s behind the scenes? Skip straight to software verification tutorials for macOS, Linux, and Windows. Back in the day, software used to arrive in the form of floppy discs, MiniDiscs, and CD-ROMs. But now, it’s all about the download. Everything is downloaded: the apps you use to keep in touch with your family, …

Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online

Anonymity 101: Day-to-day ways to stay anonymous online

January 23, 2020

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

Confirming identities online

January 10, 2020

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.

How to make an anonymous tip — and stay safe

How to make an anonymous tip — and stay safe

January 07, 2020

Staying safe is the number one priority if you’re a whistleblower. Learn how to tip off journalists while keeping yourself safe.

Session and Australia’s Laws to Circumvent Secure Communications

Session and Australia’s Laws to Circumvent Secure Communications

January 02, 2020

Governments around the world are seeking backdoors to access encrypted communications. We have kept a close eye on the evolving laws that aim to do this.

Freelance journalism: Who's got your back?

Freelance journalism: Who's got your back?

December 31, 2019

Journalists are often searching for and publishing things that someone wants kept quiet. This is good, of course — it’s what journalism is for.

Onion routing: Private messaging’s missing link

Onion routing: Private messaging’s missing link

December 26, 2019

End-to-end encrypted messaging apps are popping up left and right, but finding the most private and the most secure can feel like a game of Whack-a-Mole.

Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging

Centralisation vs decentralisation in private messaging

December 23, 2019

Many private messaging apps have a critical flaw: centralisation. Learn why decentralisation is the future of secure private messaging.

What can someone do with your phone number?

What can someone do with your phone number?

December 17, 2019

Phone numbers are tied to our online identities: we use them as logins and to secure our accounts with SMS two-factor verification. But how secure are they?

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