The NSA is not the only government agency asking tech companies for help in cracking technology to access user data. Sources say the FBI has a history of requesting digital backdoors, which are generally understood as a hidden vulnerability in a program that would, in theory, let the agency peek into suspects' computers and communications. In 2005, when Microsoft was about to launch BitLocker , its Windows software to encrypt and lock hard drives, the company approached the NSA, its British counterpart the GCHQ and the FBI, among other government and law-enforcement agencies. Microsoft's goal was twofold: get feedback from the agencies, and sell BitLocker to them. See also: Is It the Dawn of the Encryption App? But the FBI, concerned about its ability to fight crime — specifically, child pornography — apparently repeatedly asked Microsoft to put a backdoor in the software. A backdoor — or trapdoor — is a secret vulnerability that can be exploited to break or … [Read more...] about Did the FBI Lean On Microsoft for Access to Its Encryption Software?
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You can log in to any LastPass web browser extension, desktop app, or mobile app without an Internet connection. And, if allowed LastPass will default to offline mode when there is no Internet connection. Moreover, to use the offline mode, you must have accessed your LastPass account at least once before on the device that you are currently using. Also, if you want LastPass to work offline, turn on the offline mode in your account settings. How can I enable offline access to my LastPass account? Visit https://lastpass.com/?ac=1&lpnorefresh=1 and log in to your account with your Email ID and Master Password. If you have the browser extension, click on the LastPass icon, which is there in your toolbar before selecting ‘Open My Vault’ Now, select ‘Account Settings’, which is located on the left sidebar Toggle over to the ‘Multifactor Options’ tab Click on the edit icon, which is beside your multifactor option and select ‘Yes’ from the dropdown Now, select ‘Allow’ … [Read more...] about Can you use LastPass offline?
Security experts have long suspected that iMessage is not as safe and impenetrable as Apple claims. But a group of researchers says it has proof that Apple can indeed eavesdrop on your iMessages — and the NSA can, too. The researchers, through a careful and thorough study of the iMessage protocol, conclude that Apple has the ability to intercept and decrypt iMessages. Even though the messages are encrypted end-to-end, Apple manages the keys needed to encrypt and exchange the messages, the researchers found. "Yes, there is end-to-end encryption as Apple claims, but the weakness is in the key infrastructure as it is controlled by Apple: They can change a key anytime they want, thus read the content of our iMessages," reads a blog post published on Thursday by Cyril Cattiaux, an iOS jailbreak hacker known as "pod2g," and "gg" (who doesn't want to reveal his full name), two security researchers who exclusively shared the post in advance with Mashable . UPDATE — Oct. 18, … [Read more...] about Experts: Yes, Apple and the NSA Can Read Your iMessages
To distance itself from allegations of collaborating with the secret surveillance program PRISM , Apple issued a statement on Sunday night that denies it granted the National Security Agency direct access to its servers. The company went one step further: Apple claimed it couldn't turn over certain data to the U.S. government, even if it wanted to. "Conversations which take place over iMessage and FaceTime are protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them," the statement reads . "Apple cannot decrypt that data." SEE ALSO: Wickr: Can the Snapchat for Grown-Ups Save You From Spies? Apple's announcement comes on the heels of denials from Google , Facebook , Microsoft and Yahoo . But Apple was more specific, stating that iMessages are encrypted; only the two iMessage participants can read any given conversation. If this is true, are iMessages beyond the grasp of the NSA and the FBI? In the past, security … [Read more...] about Are Your Apple iMessages Really Safe From Prying Eyes?
see also Best video conferencing software for business We've gathered details about 10 leading services, all capable of providing high-quality video with collaboration tools. Read More It wouldn't be a Microsoft event without a slew of Teams announcements. And on Day 1 of Microsoft's virtual Ignite Spring 2021 event, officials didn't disappoint. Teams Guest Access , it seems that with Guest Access, you can add an external user to your Teams environment, where they become a guest. With Teams Connect shared channels, multiple organizations can share a single channel that all members can then access from their own Teams environments. See also: Microsoft Teams Panels wants to make your meetings easier when you're back in the office | Multi-account sign-in support added (sort of) | Teams Pro adds new webinar and 'meeting intelligence' capabilities | Outlook reminder gain a 'join meeting' button Microsoft execs also said today that Teams will support … [Read more...] about Microsoft to add new shared channels, encryption for calls, webinar features to Teams