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Zoom Locks Encryption Behind Paywall Since Most Harmful Behaviour Comes From Free Users

Zoom Meetings recently announced that end-to-end encryption would be coming to their video conferencing software but there’s catch. Most popular chat applications have end-to-end encryption enabled for all users but in Zoom’s case, encryption will be reserved for paid users. The reasoning behind this decision by Zoom is not motivated by money – if you’re […]


Trump Says We Helped Apple With Trade, They Should Help Us Catch Criminals

President Trump… What can I say about the fella that hasn’t already been said? He loves Twitter tirades and it seems his next target in that regard is Apple. We are helping Apple all of the time on TRADE and so many other issues, and yet they refuse to unlock phones used by killers, drug […]


Here’s How Homomorphic Encryption Will Bring A Revolution In Computer Security

Encryption has many states. There’s encryption for data in transit which is typically encrypted using protocols such as HTTPS, SSL, TLS, FTPS. Data at rest – which is “data that is temporarily held in computer memory“. Traditional encryption methods can secure data in transit and data at rest but data in use -data being processed, […]


Facebook & WhatsApp To Be Forced To Share Encrypted Texts With The Police

Western governments have been probing at how they can intercept with encrypted messaging and it seems the UK will become one of the first countries forcing social media platforms to reveal messages to the police. In a treaty expected to be signed next month between the US and the UK, social media platforms will be […]


WhatsApp Says We Already Addressed Vulnerability Being Widely Reported

You may have recently seen a story regarding a vulnerability that allows hackers to intercept your WhatsApp messages and alter them. Whilst we reported on this vulnerability last year, it seems to be living its second life now since it was discussed at Black Hat Security Conference Las Vegas (8-7 August). WhatsApp’s position is that […]


Sasai Has End To End Encryption: No One Will Be Able To Access Your Conversations

One of the biggest questions I’ve had regarding Cassava Smartech’s recently launched social payments app Sasai is regarding security. How would our data be managed on the platform? Who would have access to the messages I send on the platform. During last year’s elections, the ruling party somehow ended up with our contact numbers and […]


UK, US & Other Governments Considering WhatsApp Backdoors To Combat Terrorism

Encryption has been a pretty big deal over the past few years and messaging services that launch without it, might as well forget making a global push. Unfortunately, encryption has also meant multiple government’s counter-terrorism efforts are stifled and therein lies the problem. Recently, government officials from the UK, US, New Zealand, Canada and Australia […]


Trump Administration Wants To Do Away With End-To-End Encryption

Donald Trump isn’t a stranger to controversy and in keeping with that fashion it’s been reported that senior officials in his administration would rather do away with end-to-end encryption if they had their way. End-to-end encryption is a feature that ensures that your chats in popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Telegram and iMessage can’t be […]


Telegram Founder: WhatsApp Will Never Be Secure

Hey, you! Remember Telegram? That app we all used for a day or two when WhatsApp and the most popular social media sites were blocked by the government earlier this year. Well, the founder of Telegram Pavel Durov has cautioned WhatsApp users that the platform will never really be secure. The warning comes in the […]


Mozilla Now Has A Free Encryted File Sending Website

According to Mozilla, they’ve always been committed to people’s security and privacy. Heck, it’s actually part of their Manifesto and because that’s so important to them they recently launched Firefox Send. Send is a free encrypted file transfer service that allows users to safely and simply share files from any browser When you send the file […]


Apparently, WhatsApp Messages Can Be Intercepted And Altered Due To A Security Flaw

WhatsApp cannot seem to catch a break! With the Indian government breathing down their necks because of recent events involving fake news it is now being reported that due to a security flaw Whatsapp messages can be intercepted and altered. Encryption is not enough? This flaw was uncovered by Check Point Research –a research firm that […]


Secure your stuff – here’s how to prevent unauthorised access to files on your hard drive

The sad truth is that unless you have consciously taken the effort to secure your computer, a Linux distro less than 200 MB and basic command line skills is all it takes to defeat your long complex password.


How to encrypt files using PGP on Windows

Here’s a quick guide on how to encrypt files using PGP on Windows.


Satellite TV: South Africa finally encrypts SABC channels

Local TV sucks. Well, ok, that’s too general. But those satellite dishes stuck to walls , housetops and trees even in the lowest income neighbourhoods suggest people are hungry for other content. Maybe it’s in addition to what’s served by the local TV overlords.