Stories by Ian Paul

Three ways to use BitTorrent Sync to share your files without the cloud

By Ian Paul | 27 August, 2014 03:27

On Tuesday, BitTorrent (the company) launched Sync 1.4, a brand new version of its peer-to-peer file syncing app that makes sharing folders with others a breeze. We have an in-depth hands-on with Sync 1.4 that will teach you how to use the app if you're not familiar with it.

Three easy ways to separate work and play on the same PC

By Ian Paul | 23 August, 2014 04:05

All of us lead double lives these days since we both work and play online. During the day you may be working on a company document in Google Drive, while at night you're kicking back and chatting with friends on Skype.

How a portable travel router can put TOR web-surfing security in your pocket

By Ian Paul | 16 August, 2014 01:56

Most of the stories coming out the Black Hat and Def Con security conferences highlight the latest crop of horrendous security flaws discovered by hackers. But it's not all doom and gloom. There were also presentations from developers actively trying to make digital security better for all.

How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

By Ian Paul | 13 August, 2014 02:37

Most Windows users know that when you delete a file on a PC, it isn't truly gone and can still be recovered. In fact, those deleted files are actually just sitting there on your hard drive until they are overwritten with new data.

These 3 Chrome extensions make encryption easier for everyone

By Ian Paul | 09 August, 2014 03:46

Thanks to the fallout from the revelations about the U.S. government's surveillance tactics, people are starting to take interest in using encryption tools for keeping email, files, and instant messaging private. Just recently, Yahoo said it would build encryption into Yahoo Mail and Google is doing something similar with Gmail.

Yahoo Mail to support end-to-end PGP encryption by 2015

By Ian Paul | 09 August, 2014 00:21

Yahoo is following in the footsteps of Google and plans to implement end-to-end encryption into Yahoo Mail by 2015. Like Google, Yahoo plans to use the OpenPGP encryption standard to encrypt messages. OpenPGP, which is the gold standard for email encryption, uses a public-private keypair scheme to protect user messages.

Hands-on: miniLock's powerful file encryption is dead simple to use

By Ian Paul | 05 August, 2014 02:24

The creator of Cryptocat, Nadim Kobeissi, is back with another easy-to-use encryption tool. This time it's a Chrome app that aims to make it easy to create and share single encrypted files with others. Called miniLock, the app is freely available on the Chrome Web Store.

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden plans to work on easy-to-use privacy tools

By Ian Paul | 21 July, 2014 23:56

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden doesn't yet know whether he'll be spending the next year in a U.S. prison or an undisclosed location in Russia. Nevertheless, Snowden hopes to work on anti-surveillance technologies in the future.

Edward Snowden: Dropbox is 'hostile to privacy'

By Ian Paul | 19 July, 2014 01:08

Dropbox is a very popular cloud storage service, but NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is no fan. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Snowden called Dropbox a "targeted, wannabe PRISM partner" that is "very hostile to privacy."

How to create an anonymous email account

By Ian Paul | 16 July, 2014 03:24

A reader recently asked me how they could use aliases in Outlook.com to create an anonymous email account. My answer was simple: you really can't.

Five questions to answer before paying for a VPN

By Ian Paul | 25 June, 2014 03:24

If you work on a computer or mobile device away from home, you probably use Wi-Fi hotspots in hotels, cafés, restaurants, airports, or on campus. The problem is, there is no way to know exactly how secure those networks are.

In Pictures: The 8 scariest digital security stories of 2014 (so far)

By Ian Paul | 24 June, 2014 08:14

The year's only halfway done, but hackers have already filled enough headlines to last a decade.

Two months later, Heartbleed patching stalls with 300,000 servers still vulnerable

By Ian Paul | 24 June, 2014 00:23

The Heartbleed bug may be a devastating flaw still affecting thousands of websites, but efforts to patch any remaining systems are effectively over.

Google Chrome's experiment with killing URLs appears to be on hold

By Ian Paul | 11 June, 2014 23:29

Google appears to be backing away from its somewhat controversial experimental feature for the Chrome browser that hid full web addresses from users. Dubbed the Origin Chip, the new feature condenses the web address of the page you're viewing into a small tile on the far left of Chrome's address bar.

Google's Chrome Gmail encryption extension hides NSA-jabbing Easter Egg

By Ian Paul | 06 June, 2014 00:59

Google is famous for its Easter Eggs, including web pages that do barrel rolls or blink or hide video games--but rarely do Google's bits of fun take a political tone. Showing just unhappy the company or at least its engineers are with the National Security Agency's surveillance activities Google included a jab at America's spooks in a new Chrome browser extension.

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Warning: Tips for secure mobile holiday shopping

I’m dating myself, but I remember when holiday shopping involved pouring through ads in the Sunday paper, placing actual phone calls from tethered land lines to research product stock and availability, and actually driving places to pick things up. Now, holiday shoppers can do all of that from a smartphone or tablet in a few seconds, but there are some security pitfalls to be aware of.