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Cobbler

The first edition of Cobbler (“Mono”) is now available. I wrote it as I did not feel comfortable with either cloud-based or local, browser integrated password managers. Cobbler looks just like a standard text editor, but it can store any type of sensitive information in a tiny fixed-size encrypted and authenticated container. Examples of sensitive […]






FireChat

When you protest for a cause, alongside thousands of people, it is very likely that the mobile network will stop working on everyone’s smartphone. This happens because there are too many smartphones in a small space and the mobile network can’t handle so many connections from the same place. When this happens, you can no […]






Signal video

Even as the encryption app Signal became the go-to private communications channel for activists, journalists, politicians, and more, its encrypted calling feature remained less than perfect. It lacks video, often drops calls, and doesn’t always integrate with your phone’s existing features. A Signal update gradually rolling out now upgrades the calling features and adds video, […]






A beginner’s guide to encryption

Encryption keeps some of your most vital data safe. It protects your credit card information from being stolen by anyone eavesdropping on your Internet traffic when you make purchases online. It’s also used to keep medical information secure, protect free speech, and defend against surveillance. Increasingly, encryption is becoming widely available by default on consumer […]






Secret Service unlocks phone data

At a dedicated phone forensics facility in Tulsa, Okla., the Secret Service breaks into about 40 phones a year that could contain valuable information related to criminal investigations. When it comes to breaking into phones, it’s tougher to access devices that aren’t as popular as iPhones or Samsungs, according to investigators. Most forensics technology developers […]






Lineage OS

You’ve probably read the news articles. If you haven’t, please see the following: https://cyngn.com/blog/cyanogen-services-shutting-down So, yes, this is us. LineageOS will be a continuation of what CyanogenMod was. This is the definition of open. A company pulling their support out of an open source project does not mean it has to die.






Unchecky

Tired of unchecking unrelated offers while installing software? Have you ever felt, while installing software, that the installer tries to push additional unwanted programs at all cost? Ever missed a checkbox, and spent hours afterwards removing adware? Ever opened your browser after an installation, only to find out that you have a new homepage, a […]






SSD security challenges

In recent years, a growing number of data breaches have resulted from the improper data removal and insecure storage of drives. It should be noted that almost all drive makers have secure erase or sanitize utilities for their drives. Don’t for get that formatting is not the same as erasing. Apply full disk encryption prior […]






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