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Dropbox Improves Privacy With Two-Factor U2F Authentication

How private is Dropbox, the popular cloud storage and file syncing service?  Not as private as it could be, for sure. But the platform’s developers have been taking steps recently to beef up the service’s security and privacy protections, namely by adding more robust authentication options. To Dropbox or Not to Dropbox? If you’re super-serious …

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Tails OS 1.5 Offers Out-of-the-Box Privacy Protection

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were an OS designed from the ground-up for privacy and security?  If you’re willing to give a Linux-based platform a try, there is: The Amnesic Incognito Live System — better known as Tails OS. It aims to make private computing a plug-and-play affair. Most mainstream operating systems do little …

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Lead Linux Coder Warns Against Inevitable Security Flaws

From Heartbleed to Shellshock, the world of open-source computing has faced several high-profile security breaches in the last year. What are open-source developers – whose code powers many of the servers and websites that store millions of people’s personal information – doing about them? That’s the question Linus Torvalds, lead Linux kernel developer, helped answer …

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China Implements New Blocks On Google and Other Websites

China has been busy this month, blocking many important websites, including all of Google’s services. The New York Times reports: As part of a broad campaign to tighten internal security, the Chinese government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and …

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The Blackphone: A Pro-Privacy Phone

The Blackphone is a pro-privacy phone being developed by Spanish startup Geeksphone, in partnership with Silent Circle using an Android build called PrivatOS. The phone features Silent Phone and Silent Text for secure, encrypted telephony and messaging — using Silent Circle’s secure network — so that only you and someone also using a Blackphone or …

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