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The messaging app landscape is kind of a wasteland of apps with similar feature sets, with a few standouts. Facebook's Messenger is popular, of course, as are services like Discord, WhatsApp and Telegram. Secure messaging app Signal is rapidly growing in popularity, though, largely because of its main differentiating feature: true end-to-end encryption of user data. Because of this, all activity you perform in the app is secure from prying eyes, from the messages you send to the reaction GIFs you search for. It's that same feature that seems to be frustrating US government officials, however. According to a post on the Signal blog, a federal grand jury in the Central District of California... Read more...
Facebook knows an awful lot about you, more so than it wants to let on. Sure, it is common knowledge that Facebook sells user data so advertisers can deliver targeted pitches—look up something in your browser and it won't be long before ads for similar items appear on your feed—but have you ever stopped to consider just how much Facebook knows about your likes and tendencies? The developers of Signal, a cross-platform encrypted messaging app (the same outfit that hacked the Cellebrite tool police use to crack iOS and Android phones), shared the kind of insight that is available to advertisers, prompting Facebook to ban their ad account. Signal tried using Instagram ads to show examples... Read more...
Last week, the CEO of messaging app Signal got his hands on Cellebrite software, which is typically used for extracting data from mobile devices. Several security vulnerabilities were discovered with this acquisition, leading to Signal including files in its app that would corrupt all present and future data collected by the Cellebrite utility. Now, the Cellebrite Physical Analyzer, or “the most intrusive phone cracking tool offered by the company,” is no longer fully supporting iPhones. Cellebrite is an Israeli digital forensics and intelligence company that provides both hardware and software to crack phones. These products are used by law enforcement agencies around the world and... Read more...
Israeli-based digital intelligence company Cellebrite provides software that enables the extraction of data from devices. While law enforcement loves this, it raises ire from phone manufacturers and individuals alike, with privacy concerns abound. Interestingly, the CEO of Signal got their hands on one of these devices and managed to hack it, which provided some interesting insights, to say the least. For context, Cellebrite software seems to exist in a moral and legal grey area, when law enforcement can unlock phones without authorization by the owner. While it is important to note that Cellebrite software requires the device to be in the hands of the person attempting to get data, this may... Read more...
WhatsApp has been embroiled in a flurry of confusion since a change in the company's privacy policy sparked the ire of many. People such as Elon Musk suggested that users switch to rival Signal as it does not collect nearly as much data, and that call to action sparked millions to download Signal. All this chaos did not fall on deaf ears, though, as WhatsApp is pushing back its changes and trying to clean up the mess it made. Today, WhatsApp penned a blog post in an attempt to make amends and try to clear the air after what happened earlier this week. The explained that it "heard from so many people how much confusion there is around our recent update," and it lays the blame on "a lot of misinformation... Read more...
Sometimes it is not what you say, or even how you say something. Rather, it is what you do not say that can speak the loudest, or be of the biggest concern. And so it goes with Facebook's recently updated privacy policy for WhatsApp, a cross platform messaging service that became massively popular because of its focus on privacy. Facebook seems to have shot itself in the foot, however, when last week it announced a revised policy that will effectively force users to accept Facebook data collection through the app. The policy goes into effect next month (February 8), and as you might imagine, not everyone is happy about the changes. Quite the opposite. This prompted Facebook to post a WhatsApp... Read more...
Earlier this week, WhatsApp unveiled a new privacy policy that effectively forced users to share data with Facebook. For an app that touted its user privacy and end-to-end encryption in the past, this recent development is none too kosher. It did not sit well with many users and prominent ones, like Elon Musk, who quickly and directly suggested on Twitter to switch to Signal. After Facebook bought out WhatsApp, there were concerns that the app would head down the wrong path as far as data privacy goes. It appears now that those concerns were on the mark, as Facebook will now be collecting data from the app starting on February 8th. If you do not want data collected, you do not have an option... Read more...
Former NSA contractor turned whistle blower Edward Snowden is a fan of Signal, a secure messaging app developed by Frederic Jacobs (iOS version). Snowden revealed on Twitter last November that he uses signal every day, which is a pretty strong endorsement considering his current situation. That's good news for Apple because Jacobs is joining the Cupertino outfit later this summer."I'm delighted to announce that I accepted an offer to be working with the CoreOS security team at Apple this summer," Jacobs posted to Twitter on Thursday. His move to Apple comes two and half years spent working for Whisper Systems, the company that owns Signal. This is a big hire for Apple, to say the least.It's not... Read more...
And so, the truth comes out. Finally. Apple's iPhone 4 has been the quickest selling Apple product in the company's history, so there's no question that people are digging the phone. But since day one, some consumers have complained that holding the phone in a certain way significantly reduced the signal strength, or at the very least, reduced the amount of bars seen on-screen. Some suggested that this led to dropped calls, while others suggested it was merely a bug in the way the bars were being displayed. Many could replicate the issue, many could not. Some even suggested that it was simply iOS 4 causing the problem, because they could see similar issues when holding the iPhone 3G and 3GS.... Read more...
Having trouble getting cell phone reception in your area? Perhaps you just need a stronger signal, and if that's the case, Wilson Electronics' new cell phone signal booster may be just the remedy. Called the Sleek, Wilson claims its device will extend the calling range and signal strength of any phone on any wireless provider in the U.S. (execpt Nextel/iDEN), resulting in fewer dropped calls, less dead zones, and even faster transfer rates on 3G networks. "The Sleek is a huge advancement for the company in our efforts to provide an affordable solution to cellular signal boosting, as it can reach such a broad audience of users," said Joe Banos, COO for Wilson Electronics. "The Sleek also has so... Read more...