Large corporations collecting our data and resetting passwords after every major data breach can feel like an inevitability we just have to accept in 2019. But there are ways to protect your data and privacy.
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Hiding your neighbours’ wifi networks, not to be confused with blocking, is entirely possible. After all, your device automatically connects to your wireless network if you’ve saved the credentials. And in Windows’ “wifi connection box”, for lack of a better name, your OS automatically sorts all the wifi networks it sees from the strongest signal strength to the weakest (minus any hidden networks).
Unless your neighbour has an access point inside your house, you should be seeing your wifi networks at the top — or close to it.
iPhone users have it easy. iMessage comes preinstalled, and it achieves more than even the best messaging apps on Android. iMessage is end-to-end encrypted, it supports SMS and it’s packed with features that range from gimmicky (Animoji) to can’t-live-without-it useful (Memoji).
The experience of one iPhone user messaging another is seamless, secure, and convenient. The same can’t be said for Android users.
In the show I'm in right now, there's an scene when the less-than-pleasant Archdeacon of the Notre Dame Cathedral, Claude Frollo, tells his adopted son, Quasimodo, that "it takes two people to communicate." But it's not just the hunchback that forgets this lesson — I'm surprised, but not that surprised, about how easy it is to ignore this fact in everyday life.
When it comes to messaging apps, Signal is one of the most secure options around, but it turns out the service actually has a pretty big vulnerability if you're using it on a Mac.
Facebook's Messenger instant messaging platform is now widely used by people, and even businesses, as a communication tool. Many users are uninhibited when they chat on Messenger and talk about sensitive topics with family and friends. Facebook wants to ensure these conversations remain absolutely private. The social media organisation has started testing out a new Secret Conversation function that uses technology developed by Open Whisper Systems, the company that created the renowned secure messaging app Signal. Here's what you need to know.
For those who are serious about privacy, you would be familiar with messaging services that use end-to-end encryption. Signal is the one that is favoured by privacy activist Edward Snowden but unlike many popular messaging services like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, it didn't support desktop use. We have some good news. Signal Desktop has come out of beta and is now publicly available. Here's are the details.