NIST Round 2 and Post-Quantum Cryptography (part 1)

The National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced the round 2 candidates for post-quantum cryptography. What is post quantum cryptography? Post Quantum Cryptography is encryption that can resist cracking by quantum computers. There has been a slow advance in the development of quantum computers, which are particularly good at the math that protects … Continue reading “NIST Round 2 and Post-Quantum Cryptography (part 1)”

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  • Jan 19, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for privacy

The idea of deep fakes – AI-assisted fake videos – first entered the mainstream around a year ago. After an initial burst of interest, people stopped searching for the term, although the technology behind the idea certainly hasn’t gone away. A couple of weeks ago, a video was circulating that appeared to show President Trump … Continue reading “Deep fakes: how immutable blockchain-based life logs could combat them, and the implications for privacy”

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Privacy Theater – How Privacy Companies Market and What Actually Protects You

Bruce Schneier famously popularized the concept of “security theater” in his 2003 book Beyond Fear. The concept of security theater explains how various nations will engage in “feel good” activities that appear to improve the security of their citizens when in practice, it does little to nothing to actually improve public safety. An apt example … Continue reading “Privacy Theater – How Privacy Companies Market and What Actually Protects You”

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  • Dec 5, 2018
  • Sean Doyle
  • Encryption, General Privacy and Security, Online Activity, Tutorials,

Why Using HTTPS is so Important for Your Website

What is HTTPS? Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS) is the secure version of the standard Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) originally created in 1994 for the Netscape Navigator web browser. HTTPS is extensively used to secure connection over the internet. It protects data between a website and a visitor. HTTPS is secured by a Transport Layer … Continue reading “Why Using HTTPS is so Important for Your Website”

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Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Secure Internet Over?

The short answer: No. The long answer: Noooooooooooo. If you haven’t had a primer on what a quantum computer is or does, Kurzgesagt has a fantastic crash course introduction here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhHMJCUmq28 For over a decade now, cryptographers, security experts, and researchers have been talking about Quantum Computing and how it will impact internet security. Quantum … Continue reading “Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Secure Internet Over?”

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  • Aug 25, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important – and controversial – privacy law passed in recent years. Despite its origin in the EU, its reach is truly global, since it affects anyone storing the personal data of EU citizens, no matter where the organization is located. In part because of a flurry … Continue reading “Beyond the GDPR: here comes the EU’s ePrivacy regulation – but not yet”

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Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption

Today, a global coalition led by civil society and technology experts sent a letter asking the government of Australia to abandon plans to introduce legislation that would undermine strong encryption. The letter calls on government officials to become proponents of digital security and work collaboratively to help law enforcement adapt to the digital era. In … Continue reading “Coalition calls on Australia’s government to reject plans to undermine encryption”

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  • May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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