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Level up your online security with new pCloud Pass password manager


Isn't it about time you took online passwords seriously?
Isn't it about time you took online passwords seriously?
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Nobody likes dealing with online passwords, but a future without them has yet to arrive. So, instead of limping along with weak passwords you use over and over again for different websites — a huge security risk — you should get a password manager with top-notch security like pCloud Pass.

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Already known for secure cloud storage, pCloud recently rolled out pCloud Pass. The password manager gives you instant access to encrypted passwords across all your devices. And you can use a free version or choose from affordable plans with extra features.

How to make iCloud more secure with Advanced Data Protection


You now have the option to have more of your iCloud files encrypted, including images. Here's how.
The latest versions of Apple's operating systems give you the option to encrypt more of your iCloud files, including images.
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Apple recently added end-to-end encryption for more types of iCloud data. Now, you can turn on Advanced Data Protection to encrypt iCloud Photos, Notes and more. Activating this new security feature is easy … once you find the switch buried in Settings.

We can save you some time. Here’s how and why you should activate it.

Unlock Kingston’s newest SSD with its built-in touchscreen


Unlock Kingston's newest SSD with its built-in touchscreen
Tap in a password directly onto the touchscreen of Kingston's new IronKey external SSD.
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The Kingston IronKey Vault Privacy 80 External SSD includes a touchscreen and hardware encryption to protect user data. Unlock the XTS-AES 256-bit encryption by tapping in a password or numeric passcode onto the touchscreen.

It’s available in capacities up to 1920 GB.

Back up and protect cherished family photos and data with pCloud


pCloud's Easter promotion gives you a great deal on a family plan.
pCloud's Easter promotion gives you a great deal on a family plan with strong security.
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There’s nothing like breaking out family photo albums and reliving memories with the clan. Or looking back at treasured mementos like holiday cards, diplomas and wedding invitations. And this is true even if it’s all digital rather than physical.

But just as a family can lose photos and papers to fires and floods, it can lose digital items, too. And that’s why it’s crucial to have a backup, like secure cloud data storage from pCloud. The company’s Family Plan, which lets everyone share in the fun, is deeply discounted for a short time. Plus, it comes with extra security in a special Easter promotion campaign.

Try pCloud as a top alternative to Dropbox


If you're looking for cloud storage, consider pCloud as an alternative to Dropbox and other services.
If you're looking for cloud storage, consider pCloud as an alternative to Dropbox and other services.
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This cloud storage post is brought to you by pCloud.

The well-regarded pCloud service prides itself on providing highly secure encrypted cloud storage, where you can safely keep your personal files, back up your PC or share your business documents with your colleagues and collaborators. As such, it’s a great alternative to Dropbox, with plenty of benefits above and beyond everyday cloud storage offerings.

UK plans dramatic ‘publicity attack’ against encryption


UK steps up fight against encryption
It will use children for dramatic anti-encryption stunts.
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The U.K. will spend taxpayer money on a dramatic “publicity attack” against end-to-end encryption, according to a new report. The country apparently hopes to sway public opinion before taking further steps to crack down on the security feature.

A major focus of the campaign will be child safety. M&C Saatchi, the agency hired to run the marketing blitz, reportedly will use child actors to carry out emotive stunts that suggest encryption is being used by predators to conceal their activities.

iOS 14.5 makes zero-click iPhone attacks even more difficult


If hackers dump your personal data onto the dark web, you need to know about it. Dashlane Dark Web Monitoring can sound the alarm.
“Dammit, Apple keeps breaking all my best zero-click attacks.”
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The next iOS version will make it more difficult for hackers to break into iPhones. Security researchers digging around in Apple’s beta code for iOS 14.5 found that the company began encrypting pointer authentication codes, which will make zero-click attacks far tougher to pull off.

Proposed Republican bill would crack down on unbreakable encryption


Privacy Screen makes Google Drive just a bit more secure.
Apple is a big believer in privacy.
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Republican senatators have proposed a new bill that would end the use of unbreakable encryption by tech companies on the basis that it helps “terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior.”

The so-called Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act is proposed by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas), and Senator Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee).

Zoom does an about-face on end-to-end encryption


Zoom will offer top-tier encryption to all users.
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Zoom promised on Wednesday to make end-to-end encryption an option for all users, not just paying ones.

This video conferencing app became incredibly popular during the COVID-19 epidemic. But it also drew criticism for weak security.

Zoom worked quickly to fix that, but again faced complaints when the company decided that end-to-end encryption would only be for paying customers. That’s a decision it changed today.