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.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Encrypted messages are under attack: The crypto wars continue.

Seehofer, the German Secretary of the Interior, wants to force encrypted messenger services like WhatsApp, Threema, Signal, Wire, Telegram, and Apple's iMessages to decrypt messages for the German authorities upon request.

List of alternative services that truly respect your privacy

List of alternative services that truly respect your privacy

Telegram, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, The main issue with using Telegram is that they use a slightly less secure encryption protocol than that used by Signal. The main issue with WhatsApp and Facebook messenger, though they use strong end-to-end encryption by default (just like Signal), is their collection of metadata.

Signal >> Blog >> I link therefore I am

Signal >> Blog >> I link therefore I am

Previewing the future As time goes on, we may expand the list of sites where link previews are available with new additions that include the necessary meta tags and support HTTPS connections that are compatible with Signal’s privacy-enhancing proxy.

The "Do Not Track" Setting Doesn't Stop You from Being Tracked

The "Do Not Track" Setting Doesn't Stop You from Being Tracked

When educated about the true function and limitation of the DNT setting, 75.5% (±3.8) of U.S. adults say it’s "important" or "very important" that these companies "respect the Do Not Track signal when it is enabled." So, in shocking news, when people say they don’t want to be tracked, they really don’t want to be tracked.

About backdoors in Signal and other apps

About backdoors in Signal and other apps

Maybe someone wants to waste his time on this, but remember it can be changed in the next release again… Google Cloud Messaging and other METADATA Signal uses Google Cloud Messaging (GCM) to transfer information about incoming messages to the client.

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

“With this action, the FCC [is] stifling free speech by giving telephone carriers the freedom to block any text message they wish, potentially harming competition and our democracy values.” There’s just no way to survive modern life without texting, but you don’t need to use regular texting to do that.

Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Signal app to Australia: Good luck with that crypto ban

Signal, one of the most secure messaging apps, essentially told Australia this week that its attempts to thwart strong crypto are rather cute Lund is referring to a recent law passed in Australia that will fine companies that do not comply with government demands for encrypted data up to AUS$10 million.

Signal >> Blog >> Setback in the outback

Signal >> Blog >> Setback in the outback

We can’t include a backdoor in Signal, but that isn’t a new dynamic either. Although we can’t include a backdoor in Signal, the Australian government could attempt to block the service or restrict access to the app itself.

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’

GCHQ’s not-so-smart idea to spy on encrypted messaging apps is branded ‘absolute madness’

Exactly what the U.K.’s solution looks like isn’t entirely clear, but Mustafa Al-Bassam, a PhD student at University College London, said that the ability for users to verify their keys — which proves the identity of a person in a conversation — in an end-to-end messaging app is “is going to be increasingly important” to prevent government manipulation.

Google Developers

Google Developers

The Google beacon platform enables you to manage your beacons remotely, integrate with Google services and help users' devices to discover content and functionality across Android, native apps and the web.

New Signal privacy feature removes sender ID from metadata

New Signal privacy feature removes sender ID from metadata

Plenty of messaging apps use strong encryption to make it next to impossible for law enforcement officers or other potential adversaries to read communications sent between parties. Sealed sender, which puts most user information inside the encrypted message, uses two new devices to get around this potential privacy risk: