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Why Do We Need So Many Different Messaging Apps?

Slack, Signal, Hangouts, Wire, iMessage, Telegram, Facebook Messenger. Why do we need so many apps to do one thing?
Owen Williams
The Weakest Link

How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone

From SIM-jacking, to SS7, to dodgy telco data selling, for some people an iPod may be a better security decision than using a normal phone.
Joseph Cox
Internet Insecurity

Some Signal Disappearing Messages Are Not Disappearing

Journalists and sources may try to secure their communications not just with encryption, but also with automatically disappearing messages. But Signal has a nasty bug that can retain some messages.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Internet Insecurity

'Disappearing' Signal Messages Are Stored Indefinitely on Mac Hard Drives

If you use the Signal desktop app, be careful with your notification settings.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Politician Accidentally Doxes His Old Boss By Reading Encrypted Signal Messages in Front of a Bunch of Cameras

All the encryption in the world is not going to help if someone can read over your shoulder.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
How Hacking Works

The Motherboard Guide to Avoiding State Surveillance

A straightforward guide to privacy, messaging, and keeping yourself safe from passive and active surveillance.
Sarah Jeong
How Hacking Works

How to Use Signal

Signal is one of the best apps to avoid surveillance and communicate safely with your friends.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

How to Securely Contact Motherboard

Here are all the ways you can safely and anonymously send us news tips and documents.
How Hacking Works

The Motherboard Guide to Sexting Securely

These are the basic steps you can take to protect yourself while sending and receiving explicit pictures, videos, and messages online.
Louise Matsakis
Personal Security

How to Use Signal Without Giving Out Your Phone Number: A Gendered Security Issue

Signal should allow users to create aliases. But until it does, you can use a dummy SIM card to protect your phone number.
Jillian York
Lose This Number

Secure Messaging App Wire Stores Everyone You've Ever Contacted in Plain Text

The decision is seemingly a trade-off for usability across multiple devices.
Joseph Cox

Crypto Experts Say Discussed WhatsApp Feature Is Not a Backdoor

Around 30 cryptographers, security researchers and technical experts have signed an open letter to The Guardian.
Joseph Cox