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Truecrypt encryption software still available for download

Truecrypt encryption software still available for download

It seems that Truecrypt is too popular a tool for people to give up on it and version 7.1a is still available for download. A website has sprung up at truecrypt.ch offering downloads of Truecrypt binaries and source code. The download site appears to have been set up by a Swiss national and provides links […]

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Truecrypt encryption software ceases production

Without Truecrypt, selecting encryption software is a lot harder.

On 28 May 2014, the developers of the reasonably infamous encryption software Truecrypt apparently announced that the program was over and that the risk of security weaknesses meant people should stop using it. Since this announcement, the Truecrypt website at http://truecrypt.org now redirects to the Sourceforce page (http://truecrypt.sourceforge.net/) which reports that development ended in “5/2014” following Microsoft […]

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Encryption – it is your responsibility

Encryption – it is your responsibility

Encryption is important. This has always been well known, and with the recent revelations about PRISM and related Government monitoring of communications, people have become understandably more interested in the topic. However, keep in mind the fact that doing encryption wrong is worse than not doing it. In recent years it has become more and […]

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Lack of Laptop Encryption costs City Council £150,000

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced today that it has fined Glasgow City Council £150,000 following the loss of two laptops because neither had any encryption software applied. The fine follows an incident where two laptops were stolen from Council offices during refurbishment. To complicate matters, the Council had already been made aware of […]

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Passwords are not bad, just dont trust vendors

Passwords are not bad, just dont trust vendors

Passwords are in the news again, with yet another headline crying out for the death of the password and claiming that everyone should move to two factor authentication (2FA) for all their online activities. As with all these claims, it is worth looking at them in greater detail before we give up on of the […]

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Email Security – the risk of typos

Email Security – the risk of typos

We all make typos – nearly everyone suffers from the effects of fingers and brains going out of sync – and it is why the most important tool in any word processing package (including blog editing tools) is the spell checker. For most document purposes this is not a big deal but when it comes […]

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Public Key Encryption with GnuPG

Public Key Encryption with GnuPG

One of the most overlooked risks of using the internet is the fact that most of the time your data is as private as the writing on the back of a postcard. If someone wants to, and the data passes through their “hands” then they can read everything you have sent. A lot of the […]

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