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A Quick Reminder on HTTPS Everywhere

HTTPS Everywhere! So the plugin says, and now browsers are warning users that sites not implementing https:// are security risks. Using HTTPS everywhere is good advice. And this really means "everywhere": the home page, everything. Not just the login page, or the page where you accept donations....
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How to Balance Development Goals with Security and Privacy

As a software security evaluator and a one-time engineer, I can confirm what the daily security breaches are telling us: software engineers and architects regularly fail at building in sufficient security and privacy. As someone who has been on both sides of this table, I’d like to share some of my...
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​ICANN Makes Last Minute WHOIS Changes to Address GDPR Requirements

The Board of Directors of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) struggled and sweated and with days left came up with a way to make the Domain Name System (DNS) and WHOIS, the master database of who owns what website name, compliant with the European Union (EU)'s General...
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People Are Freaking Out That PGP Is ‘Broken’—But You Shouldn’t Be Using It Anyway

Hackers that can intercept your encrypted emails, or steal your emails from your computer or a server, may be able to decrypt them taking advantage of new vulnerabilities found in the way some email clients treat HTML. On Monday, the world was reminded once again that the almost 30-year-old...
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Using the Command Line to Decrypt a Message on Linux

If you have disabled the PGP plugin from your mail client and saved a copy of an encrypted email to your desktop, this guide will help you read that message in as safe a way as possible given what we know about the vulnerability described by EFAIL. Note that the first three steps (opening the...
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Konstantin Ryabitsev shows how to use VPNs and Firejail to protect your Internet traffic and how to test whether your setup is sufficiently secure.

How and Why to Secure Your Linux System with VPN and Firejail

We have previously discussed VPNs and Firejail here on Linux.com, but here’s a quick refresher to help you remember why you would want to use these tools: VPNs help protect your Internet traffic from prying eyes -- such as those of your ISP, the wi-fi provider you happen to be using, or any...
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Linux Mint 19 "Tara" Won't Collect or Send Any of Your Personal or System Data

Now that Canonical released the Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver) operating system, on which Linux Mint 19 "Tara" will be based, it's time for the Linux Mint team to finalize their releases. There's still no fixed release date for Linux Mint 19 "Tara," nor LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) 3, but...
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The Linux Foundation will provide Linux maintainers with a free digital token to help improve the security of their PGP keys. Learn more.

Nitrokey Digital Tokens for Linux Kernel Developers

The Linux Foundation IT team has been working to improve the code integrity of git repositories hosted at kernel.org by promoting the use of PGP-signed git tags and commits. Doing so allows anyone to easily verify that git repositories have not been altered or tampered with no matter from which...
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In this final installment of our PGP series, we show how to protect your online accounts with 2-factor authentication.

Protecting Code Integrity with PGP — Part 7: Protecting Online Accounts

So far in this tutorial series, we've provided practical guidelines for using PGP, including basic concepts and steps for generating and protecting your keys.  If you missed the previous articles, you can catch up below. In this final article, we offer additional guidance for protecting your online...
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Alphabet's Outline Software Lets Anyone Run a Homebrew VPN

A VIRTUAL PRIVATE network, that core privacy tool that encrypts your internet traffic and bounces it through a faraway server, has always presented a paradox: Sure, it helps you hide from some forms of surveillance, like your internet service provider's snooping and eavesdroppers on your local...
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