Tag Archive for ‘Encryption’

Apple Announces End-to-End Encryption Option for iCloud Photos, Notes, Backups, and More ➝

I’m a little late to the party on this, but this is excellent news.

➝ Source: macrumors.com

The Call to Encrypt the Web ➝

K.Q. Dreger, with another take the recent push to encrypt the web:

Unfortunately, the world wide landscape today desperately calls for us to encrypt what we can. We, as creators on the web, are obliged to help protect the privacy and security of our readers. Enabling HTTPS on a domain doesn’t hurt existing content, but it does provide your visitors with a little more protection, and — critically — it doesn’t require a change in their behavior. They get to keep just using the web.

There’s no easy solution to this. Encrypting the web is almost certainly better than not, but it does introduce an additional barrier to entry for new creators. And, as I said when I linked to Dave Winer’s piece last week, it would be a very bad idea to dismiss unencrypted webpages as a byproduct of encouraging developers to move to HTTPS. To put it another way, it’s okay to move forward, but that doesn’t mean we should destroy everything behind us in our quest for progress.

Amazon Reverses Course on Encryption for Its Fire Tablets ➝

Call me crazy, but I’d rather give my money to a company that would fight tooth and nail to keep their devices encrypted. I’m glad Amazon is bringing the option back, but they never should have removed it in the first place.

Twitter Stands with Apple ➝

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO:

We stand with @tim_cook and Apple (and thank him for his leadership)!

I’m glad there’s another tech company that’s willing to take a stand on this issue. I hope others will follow suit.

Apple Publishes Letter to Customers ➝

Tim Cook:

Specifically, the FBI wants us to make a new version of the iPhone operating system, circumventing several important security features, and install it on an iPhone recovered during the investigation. In the wrong hands, this software — which does not exist today — would have the potential to unlock any iPhone in someone’s physical possession. […]

The implications of the government’s demands are chilling. If the government can use the All Writs Act to make it easier to unlock your iPhone, it would have the power to reach into anyone’s device to capture their data. The government could extend this breach of privacy and demand that Apple build surveillance software to intercept your messages, access your health records or financial data, track your location, or even access your phone’s microphone or camera without your knowledge.

Opposing this order is not something we take lightly. We feel we must speak up in the face of what we see as an overreach by the U.S. government.

I have an immense amount of respect toward Apple and Tim Cook for taking a stand like this. No one else is and somebody needs to. If you read one thing today, make it this.

Google Will Soon Shame All Websites That Are Unencrypted ➝

I don’t like the idea of Google encouraging all web developers to use encrypted protocols. I can understand this line of thinking for websites which feature user profiles and private communication — where the information transferred actually has a reason to be encrypted. But why should simple content sites be shamed into adding unnecessary complexity?

Let’s Outlaw Math ➝

Jean-Louis Gassée:

Golden Keys are vulnerable. They’ll have to be shared between a number of agencies — meaning people — who need to access suspect communications. Even assuming “acceptable” diligence by their keepers, the keys can still be stolen by determined hackers working for other governments, terrorist organizations, or even domestic corporations who want a leg up on the competition. If banks and other financial organizations are forced to abandon unbreakable encryption, motivated criminals will go to great lengths to steal a Golden Key.

Backdoors in encryption are always a bad idea.