Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Update on beta testing payments in Signal

Signal has often been asked if we can build something to support this kind of payments use case for a better alternative future (one that isn’t dominated by big tech).

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

Signal finally updates public server code after months of silence

The project has released the source code for every component of Signal, including the back-end server and client applications, but the public code for the server software was left outdated for months until just today.

Apps that Collect the Largest volume of your Personal Data

Apps that Collect the Largest volume of your Personal Data

Experts from the company "pCloud" believe that "Instagram" application transfers the largest volume of personal data of its users to third parties, more than others.

Computer-stored encryption keys are not safe from side-channel attacks

Computer-stored encryption keys are not safe from side-channel attacks

In the paper Stealing Keys from PCs using a Radio: Cheap Electromagnetic Attacks on Windowed Exponentiation (PDF), the researchers explain how they determine decryption keys for mathematically-secure cryptographic schemes by capturing information about secret values inside the computation taking place in the computer.

Court documents show FBI may have tool to access private Signal messages on locked iPhones

Court documents show FBI may have tool to access private Signal messages on locked iPhones

closevideoCourt documents from a recent gun-trafficking case in New York suggest the FBI may have developed a way to access texts on Signal, the encrypted messaging app that has risen in popularity in recent months for its secure communication.

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

Warning: Telegram is not end-to-end encrypted by default

After tech behemoths like Twitter moved to ban Trump and thousands of other far-right accounts, millions moved to apps like Signal and Telegram for their encrypted messaging services."Signal is [pretty] much a classic 'messenger' product, end-to-end encrypted by default," Isaac explained.

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

How Signal Became the Most Popular App in the World Overnight, and Why It Matters

Finally, WhatsApp updated its privacy policy earlier this week, and required users to accept that it shares some information with Facebook before continuing to use the app.

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

Millions Flock to Telegram and Signal as Fears Grow Over Big Tech

On Signal, a Florida-based militia group said on Monday that it was organizing its chats in small, city-by-city groups limited to a few dozen people each, according to messages seen by The New York Times.

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group Calling - Voice or Video

Group call requirements : Each participant is using the latest version of Signal available for that device: Android v5.0.3 or later iOS v.5.0.0 or later Desktop v1.39.2 or later Each participant is a member of the same Signal New Group chat The group call size limit is five Here's how to start an encrypted group voice or video call: Open the group chat.

Cellebrite’s New Solution for Decrypting the Signal App

Cellebrite’s New Solution for Decrypting the Signal App

We looked again into the shared preferences file and found a value under “pref_attachment_encrypted_secret” that has “data” and “iv” fields under it.The “data” field contains an encrypted json file, that once decrypted, contains the decryption keys of the sent attachments.

EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

EU Lawmakers Seek Access to Encrypted Signal, WhatsApp Chats: Reports

Lawmakers in the European Union may push for access to end-to-end encrypted chats in popular apps such as Signal and WhatsApp, according to a draft proposal circulated by the German government—currently president of the EU—over the weekend.

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

New Features Coming to Signal Groups

Today we’re releasing a new version of Signal groups that gives you a richer private group experience with group admins, granular permissions, @mentions and more.Your existing Signal groups will get these new group features in a future update.

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

Rubenerd: We need physical audio kill switches

If there is any latency whatsoever between us hitting a mute button and the audio not cutting out, the hardware or software has failed.Well-engineered mute buttons on keyboards shouldn’t need to go to software, they should immediately send a signal to the motherboard’s DAC—ideally on a separate wire or connection—to say terminate this signal.

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Researchers were able to figure out which American phone numbers use Signal

Enumeration means that using the contact discovery built into the Signal app, researchers were able to perform a large-scale crawling attack and figure out which American phone numbers were attached to a Signal account.

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

How WhatsApp, Signal & Co Threaten Privacy

When installing a mobile messenger like WhatsApp, new users can instantly start texting existing contacts based on the phone numbers stored on their device.

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

How to Get the Most Out of Signal and Encrypted Chat

By doing so, they can now take advantage of Signal’s end-to-end encryption, which means that no one—not the government, your phone company, or Signal itself—can read the contents of messages as they pass between devices.

How to use Signal messenger face blur tool on Android & iOS

How to use Signal messenger face blur tool on Android & iOS

Signal messenger has introduced a new tool that lets users blur their faces.Just recently, though, Signal Messenger has added another very important feature that allows users to blur images before sending them via messages on both iOS and Android.

How Facebook Could Use Giphy to Collect Your Data

How Facebook Could Use Giphy to Collect Your Data

Though the announcement highlighted plans to integrate Giphy’s GIF library into Instagram, the acquisition will likely also benefit all of Facebook’s products — from Messenger to WhatsApp — by, among other things, giving Facebook access to vast data about how GIFs are used across thousands of apps.

Decentralized Communication: The Way of the Future

Decentralized Communication: The Way of the Future

Decentralization, as the name suggests, works by making a network run on a variety of providers rather than a single centralized network.So personally, I’m placing emphasis on self-hosted and decentralized solutions in the future to try to prepare for this eventuality.

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

Privacy experts reviewed popular video-chat apps, and *yikes*

For the report, released today, researchers looked at 15 video chat apps — Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime, Jitsi Meet, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Signal, Microsoft Teams, BlueJeans, GoTo Meeting, Cisco WebEx, Houseparty, Discord, and — and evaluated them based on a host of categories.

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

But for a lot of them, I’m the only person they communicate with using those services and when I try to convince them to get their friends and family to join, they respond with something along the lines of “they just don’t care about privacy or security.” But it’s up to you to lead the charge into an era of privacy and security, and here’s why.

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

Security lapses plague messaging and video apps

However, in February, the European Commission suddenly instructed employees to switch to the popular messaging app Signal due to growing security and data privacy concerns with WhatsApp. Numerous reports have emerged in recent years that WhatsApp's end-to-end encryption may not be sufficient to ensure the privacy of users' data or prevent hackers from using the app to install spyware on devices.

Private messaging app Signal suggests it could pull out of the US market if draconian EARN IT bill is approved

Private messaging app Signal suggests it could pull out of the US market if draconian EARN IT bill is approved

Lund speculates that as once companies let go of the end-to-end encryption protection, they may potentially lose legal immunity granted to them under section 230 of the Communications Decency Act.

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

Signal becomes European Commission’s messaging app of choice in security clampdown

The European Commission has told its staff to switch to the encrypted Signal messaging app in a move that’s designed to increase the security of its communications.

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses

Another new feature it's testing, called "secure value recovery," would let you create an address book of your Signal contacts and store them on a Signal server, rather than simply depend on the contact list from your phone.

On Privacy versus Freedom

On Privacy versus Freedom

It’s also true that decentralised systems are harder to evolve than centralised ones - you can’t just push out a given feature with a single app update, but you have to agree and publish a public spec, support incremental migration, and build governance processes and community dynamics which encourage everyone to implement and upgrade.

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

Tories switch to messaging app Signal after WhatsApp leaks

The Conservative party has started using the secure messaging service Signal for its internal communications with Tory MPs, following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups.Killock said: “It’s great to hear that Conservative MPs are learning about the virtues of Signal and secure private communications.

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

The org that doles out .org websites just sold itself to a for-profit company

That’s not all: On June 30th, ICANN, the non-profit that oversees all domain names on the internet, agreed to remove price caps on rates for .org domain names — which were previously pretty cheap.

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Android Users: Update Signal Now to Prevent Eavesdropping

Photo: ShutterstockAccording to a late-September bug report from Google’s Project Zero team, an issue with the popular covert messaging app Signal, on Android, allowed any attacker to essentially eavesdrop on a person’s device (via audio, not video).

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

5 Encrypted Messaging Apps Doing A Better Job Than WhatsApp

Loki Messenger is an open source and decentralized encrypted messaging service using blockchain technology to secure user data.The decentralized nature of blockchain technology allows the Loki Project to create a privacy suite enabling users to interact securely with the internet, encompassing encrypted messaging services, forums, online marketplaces and social media platforms.