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FBI director demands access to private cell phone data

To stop terrorists and other criminals, cell phones should have encryption backdoors to enable US government surveillance, argues FBI Director James Comey.

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Facebook reports enormous uptick in use of snoop-proof email

The social network sends billions of emails to users daily and says adoption of the encryption standard it uses has skyrocketed among webmail providers.

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Lavabit founder's DarkMail needs help to cross finish line

Embattled email guru Ladar Levison updates the DefCon crowd on encrypted email project DarkMail and asks for help from the hacker faithful to get what may be his final email project done.

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​Microsoft flips switch on new webmail encryption

Following a Google report about Web-based email that raised questions about Microsoft's encryption efforts, Microsoft unveils major encryption milestones, including the use of TLS.

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Heartbleed attack used to skip past multifactor authentication

In one of the earliest instances of a Heartbleed attack breaking through a private corporate network, security firm Mandiant reports that a client's virtual private network session was successfully hacked.

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Android Chrome now lets you hop on your PC from afar

Google Chrome's remote desktop feature comes to Chrome for Android, so that you can control your desktop computer from an Android phone or tablet.

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Lavabit loses appeal on technicality

A federal appeals court tells Ladar Levison, of the now-moribund email service Lavabit, that he didn't clearly articulate the legal issues at stake in his contempt of court appeal.

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Beyond Heartbleed: Why you need a password manager

Password managers can make juggling numerous Web site accounts a lot easier, especially when faced with a major security bug like Heartbleed.

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Dropbox stands firm on privacy, despite Heartbleed risk and board appointments

Dropbox says it is committed to security and privacy, despite admitting that its services were vulnerable to Heartbleed and users should be changing their passwords.

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Akamai Heartbleed patch not a fix after all

The Web infrastructure company's patch was supposed to have handled the problem. Turns out it protects only three of six critical encryption values.

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Report says NSA exploited Heartbleed, kept flaw secret -- but agency denies it

A Bloomberg report says the agency knew about the Heartbleed security flaw that's sent sites like Google scrambling to patch their systems -- but it kept it secret and used it to spy. The agency, however, says that's not so.

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Heartbleed bug: What you need to know (FAQ)

The security vulnerability has implications for users across the Web. Here's what the bug means for you.

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