p Update 09/05/2017: People backing-up WhatsApp conversations through iCloud will now benefit from the messages being encrypted by default.WhatsApp has confirmed the backed-up files are encrypted and it is believed the feature was introduced in late 2016 but wasn't spotted until now.WhatsApp has turned on end-to-end encryption across all of its apps, the company has announced.The Facebook-owned app, which has more than one billion monthly active users, has turned on the Signal Protocol, developed by Open Whisper Systems, by default.The open-source private messaging system, which has been supported by Edward Snowden, will protect group chats, attachments, voice notes, and voice calls made across WhatsApp on Android, iPhone, Windows devices and some Nokia and BlackBerry models.The encryption method lets users see content that has been sent but does not allow service providers, such as WhatsApp itself, to access the content of the messages.
The Google Allo release comes just months after Apple s high-profile court battle with the US government over encryption built into its iPhones.At its developer conference, the company announced that its new messaging app, Allo, would feature an incognito mode that offered end-to-end encryption.The FBI had wanted Apple to rewrite the software on a phone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters to help it retrieve data.Following that showdown, it was unclear if the tech industry would double down on strong encryption or begin to soften its stance.Users will have to select an incognito mode and will have control over how long messages are stored on their devices.End-to-end encryption can also make it harder for users to search through past messages going back into the distant past.
When it launches this summer, Allo will offer an incognito mode that switches on an end-to-end encryption system known as Signal, designed by the privacy-focused non-profit Open Whisper Systems.And in the wake of Apple s landmark fight with the FBI over the encrypted iPhone of San Bernadino killer Syed Rizwan Farook, the move represents another step in Silicon Valley s shift toward user-controlled encryption in defiance of law enforcement.Allo s incognito mode represents a far more limited approach to encryption than Whatsapp s, Apple s, Viber s, or even what it s offering with Duo: Unlike with those apps, you must purposefully turn on incognito mode to send encrypted Allo messages; the app doesn t hide all messages by default.But Google s launching its encrypted communication apps as new tools that may or may not catch on, rather than Whatsapp s far bolder move to turn on encryption for its existing, massive userbase.Gmail and Google Hangouts, meanwhile, still lack end-to-end encryption, leaving them open to government surveillance orders.Allo and Duo s new security features, in other words, are Google s baby steps towards a fully-encrypted future, not the sort of bold moves to elevate privacy above profit or politics that some of its competitors have already taken.
The new app will be available later this summer.On stage at the Google I/O developer conference, Erik Kay explained how assistive technology can make messaging more productive and expressive.Messaging isn t just about text; smart replies have stickers and emojis too, Kay said.Another interesting aspect of Allo is when you send people photos through the app.During a demo on stage, a picture of a Burmese dog was shown and Allo displayed three options.You could either say awww, or perhaps cute dog, or get more specific.You can also use Google Assistant to play games such as guessing movies based on emojis, finding out sports scores, and more.Think about it as being Google s counter to Facebook s M assistant, which is available to a limited few through Facebook Messenger.And Google isn t done consolidating all the features from other messaging services, including end-to-end encryption, private notifications, and more, likely alleviating security and privacy concerns people have in light of Edward Snowden and the FBI/Apple case.Reports first surfaced at the end of last year with sources telling The Wall Street Journal that Google was building a mobile-messaging service that taps its artificial intelligence know-how and so-called chatbot technology.The move probably should not be surprising, especially as applications like Line, WeChat, Skype, Slack, and Facebook Messenger have gotten into the bot market.Signs of development were furthered during this year s Mobile World Congress, where the company formed a partnership with multiple mobile operators such as Orange, Sprint, Deutsche Telekom, America Movil, Vodafone, and the wireless standards body GSMA to roll out the Rich Communication Services for Android.
Google today launched a new video calling app called Duo, as a sort of companion to the new Allo messaging app that was also introduced today at the Google I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California.Duo calls are end-to-end encrypted, said Google engineering manager Eric Kay.But the feature that makes Duo stand out most from other mobile-friendly video calling services — including Skype, Facebook Messenger, and Facebook s WhatsApp, not to mention Google s own Hangouts — is something called Knock Knock.It s a live video stream of the caller before you ve even picked up, Kay said.You not only see who s calling, but what they re up to and why they re calling.A smile, a beach, and a newborn baby can all draw you into the moment, making calls feel spontaneous and natural, and once you pick up Duo it puts you right into the call.Like Hangouts, Duo video calls run on top of WebRTC.Duo relies on a fairly new Google protocol called QUIC for quick UDP Internet connections , and it can perform a seamless handoff of calls between Wi-Fi and cellular connections, Kay said.One thing Duo doesn t have is support for calls between more than two phone lines.The app will become available on Android and iOS this summer, Kay said.
Google offered a point-by-point list of all the new features coming to the next version of Android.Google offered more details about Android N during the I/O keynote Wednesday.It s become an annual tradition to show off a list of what s new during the on-stage presentation.Here s this year s list of updates:Seamless software updatesAndroid Beta ProgramData saverBundled notificationsCustomizable quick settingsHub improvementsQuick settings tile APISecurity hardeningEmergency informationUnicode 9 EmojiFile-based encryptionICU4J APIImproved number blockingLanguage supportJIT compilerLock screen wallpaper supportDirect bootMulti-windowFreeform modePicture-in-picture modeSplit-screen modeNotification controlsRenderscript reducedQuick Switch Display sizeDoze VideoTelephony job-schedulerVR modeSpeech speed improvementsNew languages supportedClear all in overview settingsNavigation drawerNew languages supportedImproved notificationsCamera memory footprint improvementsVisual voicemail improvementsScoped folder accessVulkan APIJava 8Sensor Settings suggestionsDirect replyQuick settings barImproved backup coverageAccessibility settings in setupProject SvelteBetter multitaskingAccessibility support for creating touch eventsAccessibility mono outputVariable text to speech speed improvementsFor comprehensive coverage of the Android ecosystem, visit Greenbot.com.
Encryption, corporates have heard of itEnterprises are routinely storing corporate password files in the cloud through Microsoft s OneDrive backup technology.OneDrive is the most common Office 365 application, with 79.1 per cent of organisations using it, according to a study by cloud control tech vendor Skyhigh Networks.Businesses and employees are still taking a relaxed approach to document security, especially when you consider the high frequency of threats, said Hawthorn.This percentage will only increase as OneDrive becomes more tightly integrated to the rest of the suite.Hawthorn concluded that the need for employee training is particularly acute in heavily regulated industries such as financial services or healthcare, two of the biggest users of Office 365.The study found that the occurrence of Office 365-related threats is common, 71.4 per cent of companies have at least one compromised account each month, 57.1 per cent have at least one insider threat and 45.9 per cent have at least one privileged user threat.
With the software s JIT compiler, apps will install 75% faster and the compiled code size will be reduced by 50%.Burke also discussed three ways that Android N will improve security:File-based encryptionMedia-hardening frameworkSeamless updatesThat last one should be especially exciting for Android users, because it means they ll never have to see an update dialog notification ever again.At least, it was the most exciting, until Burke revealed that split screen mode would be coming to both Android phones and tablets.Finally, Burke announced that direct replies will give users the ability to respond to notifications without actually opening the app and Unicode 9 emoji support, with emoji that look less like monstrous blobs.Over 250 new features will be in Android N, which is coming this summer.Thanks to the sharing economy, living in five different cities in five years has never been more doable.
The anonymous hacker trying to sell the credentials of a sell online site. On a sales site on the network's shadow side tries a hacker sell a database that is said to contain user data associated total of 167 million LinkedIn accounts. Troy Hunt, who collect password leaks on the site Have I been pwned ?, have gained access to around one million of the account data and deems that the hacker probably telling the truth. - I've seen a subset of the data and confirmed that it is legitimate, he said in an email to IDG News. Another database of data leaks Leaked Source, claims to have gained access to the material. Passwords should be stored unsalted SHA-1 encryption.
As you may or may not recall, given how much time has passed, hackers broke into LinkedIn s network back in 2012, stole some 6.5 million encrypted passwords, and posted them onto a Russian hacker forum.Because the passwords were stored as unsalted SHA-1 hashes, hundreds of thousands were quickly cracked.If you re not sure, a best practice would be to change it anyway, as well as on other critical sites where you may be using that same password such as your banking website, email, or Facebook, for example.LinkedIn says that it has increased its security measures in the years since the breach, by introducing stronger encryption, email challenges and two-factor authentication.They would also not necessarily protect users from hackers who had obtained email and password combinations.We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords.
blockchain technology bitcoin NasdaqStealthy post-trade and settlement blockchain builder RISE Financial Technologies RISE , has developed a "secret sauce" to solve the privacy problem, something of a stumbling block for financials using distributed ledgers.With this in mind, privacy of data is emerging as the sine qua non for permissioned blockchain models to function in the future.There is a lot of work being done in this area and a lot of candidate technologies being tests: ring signatures, homomorphic encryption, zero knowledge proof, use-once addresses etc.He said RISE is preparing a paper on this and more would be forthcoming, reiterating an ultimate commitment to open source.He also admitted that in some cases there are trade-offs between scalability and performance regarding certain privacy solutions.In mid 2015, RISE engaged economics consultancy Oxera to explore regulatory and economic aspects of a distributed post-trade environment.
On Wednesday at the 10th annual Google I/O developer conference, Google introduced Allo and Duo, which will arrive for both Android and iOS later this summer.It suggests automatic replies to incoming messages—even if someone sends a photo.In addition to emojis and stickers, there is a whisper and shout feature that lets you use a slider to make text giant or tiny.If you type @google, it will run a search query inside the app.Anything you can find on Google.com shows up in the app, including weather, sports scores and even YouTube videos.All chats will be encrypted, but a special incognito mode will have an end-to-end encryption, and expiring chats that are permanently deleted once you leave them.
New method could make it harder for hackers in the futureResearchers have devised a method of generating random numbers that could shake up computer encryption.University of Texas computer science professor David Zuckerman and PhD student Eshan Chattopadhyay have found that a "high-quality" random number could be generated by combining two "low-quality" random sources.Random number generation is used for a variety of applications including cryptography and scientific modelling.Zuckerman is quoted in Threatpost saying: "We show that if you have two low-quality random sources – lower-quality sources are much easier to come by – two sources that are independent and have no correlations between them, you can combine them in a way to produce a high-quality random number."Their paper has caught the attention of other academics worldwide who have described the research as "pulse-quickening" and "a breakthrough in theoretical computer science.""This is a problem I've come back to over and over again for more than 20 years," said Zuckerman.
Available for download this summer for both Android and Apple iOS, Google has promised that Allo will also offer a mode in which chats can be set to expire and will give users the ability to set private notifications.With these developments, alongside a focus on artificial intelligence AI , Google is taking aim directly at its competition — such as Facebook's WhatsApp and Microsoft's Skype.It uses your existing phone number — also like WhatsApp — which simplifies the sign-up process and keeps everything as streamlined as possible.Google Allo uses artificial intelligence and an 'incognito' mode to compete with rival messaging appsGoogle touted a number of other features, including changing the size of messages from 'whisper to shout' , and image annotation.If it works as planned, it signals an ambitious next step for the already ambitious tech company.Like Allo, with a focus on security, Google said that all calls on Duo will be encrypted end-to-end.
Google I/O: Google attempts to monopolise mobile life even further with video app Duo and smart messaging app Allo that can reply for youGoogle is attempting to compete with WhatsApp, Snapchat and iMessage with two new messaging applications that hope to keep people using its services, and inputting information, even when they re communicating.Allo and Duo will be available on Android and iOS this summer and claim to take a fresh look on how people connect – either with friends or family or in a business environment.Allo AlloGoogle AlloIntegration with Google s newly announced Google Assistant is a key distinguishing feature of Allo, which learns how you interact and can even reply for you depending on the context of the message or even a photo thanks to image recognition technology.This includes weather, flight details, maps and sports scores and Assistant can even perform tasks like booking a table at a restaurant.Crucially for businesses, Allo offers end to end encryption for chats with an incognito mode similar to the one in Chrome.Messaging has become an increasingly important battlefield for technology companies that want to keep users in their ecosystems for as long as possible so they view more ads and provide more information.
Google I/O 2016 Google has been using its developers conference to show off forthcoming improvements in Android N and is taking the unusual move of asking the public to name it.But Android is also getting a new JIT compiler that Burke claimed is 75 per cent faster at booting apps and compresses code down to 50 per cent of its current size.When a user pulls down from the top of the screen to access things like turning WiFi or location data on and off, the five most-used notification tabs will be displayed at the top of the screen and users will be able to customize the whole page.This allows a user to click on a link to a site that has its own app and just download a few parts of the software to help the link run more smoothly and with more features, but without installing the full code.Android N will also introduce file-level encryption for individual chunks of data, to work in tandem with the existing phone encryption systems.The future of VR and WearGoogle has been expected to make a virtual reality announcement and Clay Bavor, the firm's VP of VR, said that Android N had been built with the virtual world in mind.
Google announced its new messaging app Allo at its I/O developers conference today, and it looks pretty cool.Allo even has an option for users to send their messages using end-to-end encryption, a security feature that has become increasingly popular and is the default in other chat apps like WhatsApp and Viber.In order for Google to add dinners with friends to your calendar or suggest replies, it needs to be able to read your messages — which it can t do if your chats are end-to-end encrypted.Most consumers will likely choose the latter, leaving security by the wayside, and civil liberties advocates are already voicing displeasure about it.If encryption isn t a default, suspects may forget to turn it on and accidentally leave their messages exposed to law enforcement.But those who choose to turn on Allo s encryption, dubbed incognito mode, will be getting a highly regarded security protocol: Google partnered with Open Whisper Systems to use the company s Signal Protocol.
Google debuted a shiny new chat app called Allo during its IO 2016 conference today, and while it's a fresh take on messaging, one element of the app is actually quite familiar.Turns out Allo's end-to-end encryption is built on the Signal Protocol, the same standard used to power encryption in WhatsApp and the Signal app."We've been collaborating together on the integration of Signal Protocol into Allo, which will bring all of Signal Protocol's strong encryption properties to Allo's incognito mode," wrote Open Whisper Systems, creator of the protocol, in a blog post.This is worrisome as you might accidentally send a message you wanted encrypted as, well, not encrypted, if you forget to switch to Incognito Mode.What's more, as noted by TechCrunch, Allo's most helpful features won't be so helpful if it can't see what you're talking about.Others have argued that opt-in end-to-end encryption at this point is better than none at all, but how many users bite when Allo becomes available later this summer remains to be seen.
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