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5 secure habits of the paranoid PC user

Are you getting a little sloppy with your security? Time to shape up. Practice these five habits to protect your data at home, in the office and out in the world

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Quantum computers pose a huge threat to security, and the NIST wants your help

An upcoming competition will invite the public to propose and test 'quantum-resistant' encryption schemes

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Trend Micro: 6 most popular homebrewed terrorist tools

Terrorist are developing apps that include pre-packaged encryption, DDoS, and a news feed for tech-light jihadists

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Tick-tock: Time is running out to move from SHA-1 to SHA-2

Stop procrastinating and make the switch from SHA-1 to SHA-2. You may already be getting errors -- and in 2017 things will get a lot worse

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Craig Wright claims he is bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto

Australian entrepreneur Wright, first outed as Satoshi in December, has offered what he claims is digital proof of his double identity

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Microsoft to begin SHA-1 crypto shutoff with Windows 10's summer upgrade

IE11 and Edge will drop the lock icon for sites that secure traffic with SHA-1 certificates this summer and will block access by Feb. 14, 2017

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FBI won't share iPhone hack with Apple because it doesn't know how it works

The FBI claims it doesn't actually know the underlying code that facilitated hacking into the iPhone, so it can't share the method with Apple

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Open secrets: BlackBerry might share what's on your phone

CEO John Chen defends helping law enforcement as reports emerge that multiple governments can unlock BlackBerry communications

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US no longer requires Apple's help to crack iPhone in New York case

The government said 'an individual' had given it the passcode to the phone used by the accused in a drug investigation

The FBI paid more than $1 million to hack the San Bernardino iPhone

We still don't know anything about where the hack came from or how it works, but we now know it was expensive

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Key battle looms in the war to protect privacy

User privacy is under attack from hackers, data miners, and the government, but the EFF and tech groups are fighting back

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EFF sues to uncover government demands to decrypt communications

The group says the USA Freedom Act compels the DOJ to publish significant decisions of the secret FISC court

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Viber follows WhatsApp in adding end-to-end encryption to its messaging service

Calls, text messages, videos, and photos will all be encrypted in such a way that only intended recipients can access them

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Apple rebuts DOJ's appeal in N.Y. meth dealer's iPhone case

'Government has utterly failed to ... demonstrate that Apple's assistance is necessary' to crack security, Apple argues

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Encryption laws should think global, not local

Internet standards aren't bound by geography, and they won’t bend to local absurdities like the Burr-Feinstein bill

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More than 45,000 sign petition against U.S. encryption-breaking bill

Senators shouldn't try to 'make encryption illegal,' the petition says

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Senators release official draft of federal encryption legislation

If it were already a law, Apple would have been on the hook to break the terrorist’s iPhone

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Jigsaw crypto-ransomware deletes more files the longer you delay paying

Malware researchers have released a tool that can decrypt files affected by the new threat

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