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WhatsApp's Android app gets improved security with end-to-end encryption

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WhatsApp's Android app gets improved security with end-to-end encryption

Popular social messaging app WhatsApp is making its service more secure. The company announced that it is adding end-to-end encryption to its Android app, which will make it impossible even for the company to decrypt users' messages.

Google reveals POODLE vulnerability found in obsolete but widely used SSL 3.0 protocol, to update its browser soon

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Google reveals POODLE vulnerability found in obsolete but widely used SSL 3.0 protocol, to update its browser soon

Google on Tuesday revealed that the decade old, but still widely used SSL 3.0 (Sockets Layer) has a major security flaw. According to the company, the vulnerability dubbed as POODLE (short for, Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption) allows decryption of the contents of encrypted connections to websites. The vulnerability affects any product that follows SSL 3.0, which includes Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

Android L will offer iOS 8-like data encryption as a default security measure: Report

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Android L will offer iOS 8-like data encryption as a default security measure: Report

Google working on end to end Gmail encryption for enhanced user privacy

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Google working on end to end Gmail encryption for enhanced user privacy

Heartbleed Bug puts encrypted online transactions at risk, here's what you should know

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Heartbleed Bug puts encrypted online transactions at risk, here's what you should know

Yahoo admits to encrypting data as an additional security measure

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Yahoo admits to encrypting data as an additional security measure

Gmail encrypts messages for security of data, gets protection from government snooping

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Gmail encrypts messages for security of data, gets protection from government snooping

Twitter ramps up its security with Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption method

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Twitter ramps up its security with Perfect Forward Secrecy encryption method

Govt to intercept BBM services directly with a dedicated server

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Govt to intercept BBM services directly with a dedicated server

India may seek Interpol's help to encrypt data from BlackBerry, Gmail & Skype

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India may seek Interpol's help to encrypt data from BlackBerry, Gmail & Skype

Apple and Google grilled by Senate on collecting location data

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Apple and Google grilled by Senate on collecting location data

Google and Apple testified before the Senate on Tuesday, where both firms were grilled on collecting location information from mobile phones. During the hearing, Senator Al Franken was particularly vocal on the issue. “My wireless companies, Apple and Google, and my apps, all get my location or something very close to it,” Senator Franken said. “We need to address this issue now, as mobile devices are only going to get more popular.” We covered Apple’s response on Tuesday, during which Apple’s vice president of software technology, Bud Tribble, said that “Apple does not track users’ locations,” and that the firm never plans to do so. However, Franken was also concerned that Apple and Google have done little to police third-party applications that are collecting and transmitting location data, and suggested that both companies require developers to alert users of their specific privacy policies. Trimble said Apple already does this, but it has never tossed an application for violating that rule. Google’s director of public policy, Alan Davidson, said Google would consider adding the option. According to The Wall Street Journal, Jessica Rich, the deputy director of the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer-protection bureau said that, despite both firms saying they don’t collect user data, “there’s a lot [the FTC] can do… to challenge,” those claims.

Apple issues statement on location tracking; software update on the way

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Apple issues statement on location tracking; software update on the way

Apple has finally broken its week-long silence over the location-tracking database scandal surrounding iPhones and 3G iPads running iOS 4 and higher. The company states that it never has, and never plans to, track users’ iDevices, and that the purpose of the database file in question consolidated.db is to “help your iPhone rapidly and accurately calculate its location when requested.” The company noted that a software update will limit the size of the location file and be available in the next few weeks the next major iOS release will add a layer of encryption to the file. Apple’s full statement is after the break. Have a look and let us know what you think.

Apple’s AirPlay private key discovered, revealed

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Apple’s AirPlay private key discovered, revealed

It looks as though software developer James Laird has opened Pandora’s box for Apple’s AirPlay music streaming system. Frustrated by the fact that an AirPort Express emulator did not exist, Laird began to look for a solution that would allow him to stream iTunes music without the use of AirPlay. “I was disappointed to find that Apple used a public-key crypto scheme, and there’s a private key hiding inside the ApEx [Airport Extreme],” wrote Laird. “So I took it apart (I still have scars from opening the glued case!), dumped the ROM, and reverse engineered the keys out of it.” Laird has published the private key in an open source software project dubbed ShairPort (clever). The software, which is built in Perl and C, will allow users to stream iTunes content to hardware and software designed to talk to ShairPort. Apple has opened up its AirPlay system to third-parties in recent months, but this blows the doors wide open for all those looking to circumvent that red tape-filled process.

Twitter beefs up security with forced HTTPS

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Twitter beefs up security with forced HTTPS

In a recent blog post, Twitter announced a new measure aimed at keeping its users data a bit more secure as it travels over the wire. Via the “Settings” preference pane, users can now force Twitter communications to always travel over a secure, HTTPS connection. “This will improve the security of your account and better protect your information if you re using Twitter over an unsecured Internet connection,” writes Twitter. “In the future, we hope to make HTTPS the default setting.” Enabling the feature also secures traffic traveling to and from the official Twitter applications for both the iPhone and iPad it will not, however, automatically enable HTTPS on the mobile Twitter website. Unless you have a specific reason not to enable the feature, we highly recommend it.