Wired: DuckDuckGo Will Automatically Encrypt More Sites You Visit. “Today DuckDuckGo is releasing a feature called Smarter Encryption that combines its existing private search capabilities and tracker blocking service with a new tool to upgrade encryption for more of the sites you visit. It’s available on DuckDuckGo’s mobile browser for Android and iOS, and through the company’s desktop browser extension for Firefox and Chrome. “
Engadget: Sports teams are using Signal to duck deflategate-like scandals. “Facebook isn’t the only company struggling over the prospect of end-to-end encryption in messaging apps, as a report from Yahoo Sports cites examples from ‘every level of sport’ turning to encrypted messaging. While Whatsapp and iMessage provide encrypted communications, increasingly the app of choice is turning out to be Signal, which not only protects their message from MITM spying, but can also auto-delete them based on rules.”
Ars Technica: ISPs lied to Congress to spread confusion about encrypted DNS, Mozilla says. “Mozilla is urging Congress to reject the broadband industry’s lobbying campaign against encrypted DNS in Firefox and Chrome. The Internet providers’ fight against this privacy feature raises questions about how they use broadband customers’ Web-browsing data, Mozilla wrote in a letter sent [yesterday] to the chairs and ranking members of three House of Representatives committees.”
Mashable: Facebook is testing encrypted video and audio calls . “Facebook might offer encrypted video and audio chats to its users soon. App researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the feature being tested as part of Facebook’s Secret Conversation Messenger feature.”
Ubergizmo: Hackers Modify Chrome And Firefox To Track Secure Web Traffic. “There is a reason why companies like Google are trying to push for more websites to use HTTPS is because it helps to secure your web traffic. It helps to prevent attackers from interfering with the data transferred between the website and your browser. Unfortunately, a report from Kaspersky has revealed that Russian hackers might have found a way to track secure web traffic.”
Ars Technica: US wants Facebook to backdoor WhatsApp and halt encryption plans. “Attorney General William Barr plans to once again make his case against end-to-end encryption for the masses, this time in a public call for Facebook to ensure that law enforcement can decrypt messages when investigating terrorists, child abusers, and other criminals.
Slashgear: WhatsApp messages may soon delete themselves. “When it comes to security and privacy, one of WhatsApp’s main draws is its use of end-to-end encryption. It may not be long before WhatsApp is offering another feature to pull in the privacy-first crowd: self-destructing messages. As it turns out, the company is currently testing ‘disappearing messages’ functionality that essentially allows users to put a timer on their messages with others.”