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Month: December 2015

COMSEC: Signal Private Messenger

COMSEC: Signal Private Messenger

Signal Private Messenger is a free application, and my new favorite encrypted communication solution.  Signal supports both voice and instant messaging (texting) in a single app.  It is incredibly easy to use, and convince others to use.  There is no complicated setup and no username or password to create and remember.  This app is incredibly intuitive and resembles native phone and texting applications. Signal uses your phone’s Wi-Fi or data connection.  Signal has replaced the legacy RedPhone and TextSecure apps for…

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Privacy and Security Comparison – Android vs iOS

Privacy and Security Comparison – Android vs iOS

Comparing phone operating systems for any reason is akin to discussing religion or politics at a broadly mixed table.  Tensions mount concurrently with blood pressure.  Alliances are formed and the room becomes divided between “us” and “them”.  Capabilities are compared, and not in cold, scientific language.  Awkwardness ensues when the Android vs iOS debate is hauled out.  I don’t enjoy confrontation for the sake of confrontation, so I generally avoid the subject if possible.  If the conversation comes up, I typically…

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