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EFF Rates The Security of Messaging Programs

Want to know if the messaging app or program you’re using is truly secure? The EFF recently rated the security of 39 different apps/services/programs based on these 7 categories:

1. Encrypted in transit?

2. Encrypted so the provider can’t read it?

3. Can you verify contacts’ identities?

4. Are past comms secure if your keys are stolen?

5. Is the code open to independent review?

6. Is security design properly documented?

7. Has the code been audited?

Go here to see the results. The EFF says they plan to do closer examinations in the future.

TrueCrypt: What happened? Who cares? What’s next?

What happened?

Sometime in late May, TrueCrypt’s homepage began redirecting users to a Sourceforge page. As of this moment, the Sourceforge page says that the development of TrueCrypt has ended and that the program may not be secure. The only version of TrueCrypt offered at the page now (7.2) is a crippled version that only has the ability to decrypt files.

There was much speculation as to the reason for TrueCrypt’s demise, ranging from its site being hacked to the desire of the developers to call it quits. At this point, Continue reading TrueCrypt: What happened? Who cares? What’s next?