Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Popular platforms getting serious about encryption?

Source: XKCD

The UK is by no means the only place trying its hardest to destroy all privacy.  Fortunately, some companies are fighting back.

In response to the FBI's attack on Apple's use of encryption-based security methods, some of the biggest names in technology are reported to be planning an expanded use of encryption for user data that passes through, or is stored on, their products and services.
 Whatsapp, Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Apple...

Encryption is the only tool we have against snooping governments (domestic and otherwise) and criminals.  One of the reasons encryption technology has been slow to reach the mass market is that it confuses people and tools have historically been tricky to use.  As it inevitably becomes more mainstream, these problems will disappear.  Companies like these championing encryption will surely help.

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