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UK government uses 9/11 anniversary to whine & complain about end-to-end encryption

This past Saturday was the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Despite all the time that has passed it seems these terrorist attacks on America are still a watershed moment and a rallying card that Western governments use whenever they want to frighten their citizens into giving them more powers in the name of security […]

A report shows Facebook can read your WhatsApp messages

One of WhatsApp’s most touted features is end-to-end encryption. It is often claimed that WhatsApp messages are encrypted at the source and only decrypted once they reach their destination and that Facebook themselves cannot see what you and the person on the other end are talking about. This has put Facebook at odds with various […]

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 […]

WhatsApp Reaches 2 Billion User Milestone!

WhatsApp has always been extremely popular, but sometimes it can be easy to minimize the impact of the messaging app since we’ve become accustomed to the application existing. Today the chat application reached 2 billion users and shared an update emphasising on security We are excited to share that WhatsApp now supports more than two […]

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 […]

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 […]

Google’s RCS Will Make SMSs on Android More Like WhatsApp & iMessage

Google recently decided that they will be rolling out their RCS messaging standard on Android devices (not made by Samsung). RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and it makes your text messaging experience much more similar to what you get when using WhatsApp. That’s a pretty big deal but up until now we hadn’t covered […]

Did Robert Mueller Really Break WhatsApp’s End To End Encryption? His Investigation Highlights WhatsApp’s Weaknesses

If the first question on your mind is who is Robert Mueller and what makes him special it means you haven’t been watching CNN for like two years but do not worry I have got you covered. You see there is no doubt that part of the reason why Hillary Rodman Clinton lost the US […]

US Government Pressuring Facebook To Remove The End-to-End Encryption Security Feature On Messenger

The end-to-end encryption feature is a blessing for Facebook users (and generally for social media users) as it prevents third parties from snooping in on their conversations, and at the same time, government authorities despise it because it obstruct their surveillance. In yet another fight over the feature, the US government is coercing Facebook to […]

Security Community Technosociology sheds more light on the alleged WhatsApp security flaw explaining why it is not a big deal.

Quite recently the internet was set alight with the news of WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption having a flaw that rendered it ‘unsafe’. We say ‘unsafe’ in quotes as information has surfaced from the security community, Technosociology, shedding more light on this vulnerability and explaining why it is not a big deal. In our recent article we […]

8 things you need to know about WhatsApp’s privacy policy update and that pop-up message it sent you

Since this announcement, there have been some falsehoods (it’s not a government-led cybersecurity initiative) and questions around what this actually means to WhatsApp users and the information that will now be shared with WhatsApp’s parent company, Facebook.

Facebook readies Secret Conversations, another feature that will ensure message privacy for Zimbabweans

This feature ensures that message are only accessed by the sender and the intended recipient while preventing third parties, including regulators, the owners of the platform, and the internet providers, from going through the messages .

Just to be clear, your WhatsApp messages can’t be viewed by third parties

Three months ago, WhatsApp introduced End to End encryption (E2EE) a feature which secures all types of messages sent on the platform with a digital lock meaning that only the sender and receiver can open them. Even WhatsApp can’t access these messages.

Government warns Zimbabweans on use of social media

The Zimbabwean government has warned citizens who use social media to promote civil unrest, despondency and violence that they will be arrested and dealt with.

Viber joins the secure messaging revolution, introduces end-to-end encryption

Viber the Instant messaging platform and VoIP service that most of us have forsaken for WhatsApp recently announced complete end-to-end encryption (E2EE) across all devices including Android and iOS devices as well as PC and Mac desktops.

WhatsApp has just made all your messages safer by introducing end-to-end encryption

WhatsApp has announced that it is enabling end-to-end encryption for all of its users on the latest version of the application.

How WhatsApp has just made your messages more secure

Yesterday it was reported that WhatsApp had announced its implementation of end-to-end encryption of its messages. This is still in its initial phase and has been enacted on Android only. It also hasn’t been extended to group messages, videos and photos. This development is an improvement of the IM platform’s privacy protections and makes it extremely difficult for […]