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Clinton and Trump deserve better

It was interesting to discover last week that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is using the encrypted messaging app Signal. Vanity Fair magazine claims that they began to do so following this year’s Democratic National Convention data leaks. This is a great opportunity to address secure messaging, using Clinton and her opposite number in the race for the White House, Donald Trump, as examples. The Clinton campaign’s decision to use Signal is an admirable step in the right direction. But really, as candidates for the most important job in the world, don’t both Clinton and Trump deserve better? Because Signal is far from perfect, and could prove a severely inappropriate tool for Presidential nomi

Are you paranoid, Android?

As part of this series exploring the range of secure communications available, I’ve already covered the shambles that is SMS, and examined the not unsubstantial delta between how Apple markets its iMessage service, and the way independent experts describe it. So next up under the spotlight is, of course, Google’s Android. And what a contrast it is between the two mobile operating systems. While Apple is obsessively secretive about their systems, processes and technology, Android couldn’t be more open – since by definition it is an open-source operating system. Android has three times the market share of Apple and collaborates with a cornucopia of hardware and software developers and pr

Splitting the Apple

In my last thought piece, I addressed some of the pitfalls of entrusting secure messaging to SMS. In fact, I think it’s fair to say there should be serious doubts about using it for anything at all. I also promised to take a look at some of the other platforms most people depend on to be secure, and to reveal how the reality often doesn’t match up to the rhetoric. The next logical step is to look at the physical phone in your hand, the mobile operating system it sits on, and the level of security it offers if you simply use it out of the box. The reality with mobile operating systems is that the global market is essentially split between two players: Apple’s iOS, with 27.84% and Android w

Learning defense from the best in the world

It would appear that someone has been spying on the New Zealand Rugby team. A bug was apparently found hidden inside a chair in a team meeting room at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sydney, just before the All Blacks record breaking win against Australia. For those of you thinking “What’s rugby? Big deal.” bear with me. The rumor mill seems less keen on foul play from a beleaguered opposition than on the idea of a betting syndicate looking for an edge. Whoever it was, and whatever they were after, let’s read between the lines. Apparently the meetings about an upcoming game, in a sport that much of the world is nonplussed about, warrant the use of clandestine monitoring practices. Which sho

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