Facebook tests end-to-end encryption with Secret Conversations


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Facebook Messenger just got super secure.
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Facebook has begun testing end-to-end encryption with a new feature called Secret Conversations. Users will have the ability to chat confidentially without having to worry about being snooped on — but not everyone can enjoy super secure messaging just yet.

Reading this without using a VPN? That’s risky, but there’s a fix [Deals]

Get two years of VPN protection to keep all your data and browsing activity private.
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If you go online (and now is not the time to pretend you don’t), you’re vulnerable to data violations of all sorts: identity theft, activity monitoring, geo-restrictions.

A great way to secure yourself against these problems is to connect to the internet via a virtual private network, or VPN, that carefully channels and anonymizes your traffic. And right now we’ve got a great VPN, with a great name, at a great price: two years of Hide My Ass! VPN for $69.99.

Everything you need to know about the new Apple File System


APFS arrives in 2017.
APFS arrives in 2017.
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It’s hard to believe that Apple’s speedy Macs are still using a file system that was developed more than 30 years ago, when floppy disks and spinning hard drives were considered cutting-edge technology.

But that’s going to change in 2017 with the new Apple File System, or APFS. Here’s everything you need to know about APFS and how it’s going to make your life better, no matter what Apple device(s) you use.

Apple forces additional security requirements on iOS apps


Apple will only collect iOS 10 data if you opt-in.
Apple plans to make HTTPS mandatory for apps.
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Apple is finally dropping the ban hammer on HTTP.

As part of its overall efforts to increase security on iOS, Apple revealed to developers at WWDC that it will soon force all apps to use a secure HTTPS connection to access web service, so that users’ data stays encrypted while in transit.